This is not camping, so do not act like it

You will rarely ever need matches for a fire or a knife to kill an animal. While you are in fact walking in the wilderness at times, it is important to have a Swiss Army knife more for its can opener ability than for its knife as I said in the previous tip. There may however come a time where you may need to sleep under the stars, at which point I would assume you never read this guide.


The only way in which you would have to sleep outside like at camp would be when you have walked to far in one day and the next albergue is not for another 20 kilometers. When this happens having matches may come in handy and they are not too heavy to carry. You may make a small fire and sleep next to it for warmth. It is also advisable to find a cover under a tree as it may suddenly start raining in the middle of the night. This is the extent of the camping you will have on this hike. If this should occur to you I would be very surprised as there are so many more albergues now along the Camino as it has become ever more popular recently.

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  1. Bluejay1978 03. Aug, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    @Vince, you’re right. Most people never sleep outside so don’t plan on it. Was it grassy where you slept or did you just lay down on the gravel?

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  2. Vince_Logan 02. Sep, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    I once camped out on the side of the Camino because I started late and ended late and the city I was in had very very limited accommodations. It was pretty nice sleeping under the stars because it was quite a warm night. But i never hear of people camping like that. I’m a rare case because I did not start at the right time. So yea, best to probably not plan on it.

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