Equipment (Caminka)


                                                         Equipment -camino-medieval)


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- I have spent considerable time piling together things I will need and tried hard to avoid all those I will not need. Although I tried to get period wherever possible, I did choose some modern equipment, mostly on the basis to preserve my health. This list is the result.

- I must warn you, though. This list is not what a medieval traveller would pack. He would pack a shoulder bag with some food and money in it, and perhaps a few small things to sell on the way, wear all his clothes on the person, had a water container around the belt and a staff in the hand. This list is what a modern-day traveller looking back would pack.

- Well, now, when I am almost done with the sewing and preparing, and weighing, I threw out quite a lot of things that are not absolutely essential, many different containers, too. They are still on the list but not marked in bold and with an asterisk.



- linen smock with long sleeves  (that can be rolled up, however)

- linen kirte without sleeves (but with little holes for them on the shoulders - didn't come to that, sorry)

- modern cotton underwear (I know they are modern, but here I wouldn't want to risk any discomfort, I do want to do the whole route, really; same goes for the next two items)

- modern cotton socks  

- modern hiking boots   

- soft leather cover* for the front part of my boots (mostly so that the hooks on the boots won't tear on the seams and the linen of my smock, and a bit also for the better look of it)

- straw hat with linen straps

- linen headgear (1st piece, the trapezoidal one, to go under the straw hat and keep my hair nice and shiny)   

- wooden stick

- leather shoulder bag - a beauty, let me tell you

- scrip* around the waist

- and a scallop shell fitted somewhere (I have the 'legal right' to wear it cause I have been in Santiago before)


  WICKER BACK-BASKET - sadly not, it's the modern backpack



- linen smock with long sleeves (another rolling-up effect)

- sleeveless linen kirtle (with little holes for the sleeves + a pair of sleeves* with little holes and a string to tie them to the kirtle)

- woollen dress* with long sleeves (probably not underlined)

- woollen jacket (not underlined because it is lighter that way)

- felt coat* (the kind with long sleeves sometimes worn in the 15C by women as well) - you wish, it weights a ton

- felt hood

- linen headgear (the other 2 pieces, rectangular* and stripe-like)   

- socks: modern cotton 2x (for walking) + linen* 2x + garters* 1x (for sightseeing and posing) + woollen* 1x (for cold days and nights) - sadly my socks skills did not have time to test themselves, so it's all modern this time

- modern cotton underwear 2x   

- modern tight shorts (for those really hot days to prevent the tights rubbing together, might also be useful for really cold nights)

- modern speedos  (not a sleeveless shirt (because that would really be just an excuse for an extra dress that would turn out to be too heavy to carry))

- cotton clothes bag



- low medieval shoes (also for sightseeing and posing   

- wooden pattens* (for bathrooms) - turned out to be way too heavy to carry

- linen oil in two small glass bottles (with rubber fasteners, though) + small leather patch

- perhaps a cotton bag* for shoes and pattens? - nope



- wooden bowl*  - I figured that they probably do have plates and bowls in the kitchens, anyway

- wooden spoon*    

- small wickered glass waterbottle* (2dl, shape totally not period, but the only one I got) in case something happens to my leather water-skin - another one that was too heavy to carry, I'll replace it with an ugly modern plastic thing, hidden at the bottom of the basket  

- linen bag with nuts and dried fruits  



- linen towel (my very first home-made period item!)

- two wooden cases for toiletries (and other stuff; - that's a good one, eh?, replacing one item with two - but as it turned out that the two were lighter that the one, there you go) - became only one wooden case

- toothbrush   

- 50ml tootpaste  

- half of a washing soap in a wooden box*

- dry shampoo in a wooden box*

- wooden comb   

- tiny rubbers for making plaits 6x (because nothing else stays on my hair) - seems I lost them somewhere

- razor (totally modern, I assure you)

- thingy for clipping nails   

- pincette (modern but with no plastic parts)   

- body powder in two small glass bottles (those rubber fasteners again)

- 50ml creme for muscles in a leather or linen cover*

- 50ml sun protection creme in a leather or linen cover*

- mini tampoons   

- night tampoons  

- kleenex (I might sew a linen bag for cover)  

- compeed in a lil linen bag

- bandage  

- medicinal alcochol in a small glass bottle (albeit with a rubber fastener, but still better than a plastic bottle)

- charcoal in a small wooden box*   

- chinese tiger creme (probably even period, but totally off the map; - my trusted compagnion over many years)

- salt in a small glass bottle (salt is excellent to put in a daily supply of water; I am a bit worried if it might have an effect on my leather beeswax-treated water-skin, any suggestions?)


  sewing kit

- various linen and cotton threads on a wooden spool   

- needles 3x (one small, one big, one triangular for leather) - along the way they gained a little wooden container   


- pincer (for making holes in leather)



- mobile phone (or my family wouldn't let me go; and it's also handy for morning wake-up calls) + mobile phone charger (yea, I bought a new cell phone because the one I had was too heavy)   

- spare batteries for camera

- photography cards + computer adapter for them   

- a very short pencil   

- a piece of beeswax in a lil linen bag

- a piece of hemp string 5m  

- plastic pelerine (yep, plastic; let me know if you find anything period that can stop the rain and does not weight a lot)

- plastic cover for the basket

- credential

- identification   

- health card

- bank card  



- silk travelling sheet (still to find a period source but I have to sleep in something (in albergues), cause of hygiene and bugs) - I went for the posh here, it is much lighter than linen

- woollen blanket - which turned out to be not very warm at all

- sheep skin (actually two, sewn together; I am small, but I am not that small)




- leather water-skin (7dl) on a hemp rope but I will mostly carry it in the bag - kept leaking and I sent it home

- metal cup   

- book in a parchment cover with itinerary and enough space for a diary

- maps on scrolls

- accommodation lists on scrolls (I decided they are too heavy and left them at home, besides, all the info I need is in the book)

- writing feather (ha, I stuffed a ballpoint into one and I must say that, from a little distance, it looks awesome

- ink bottle*

- glasses

- camera (how many times am I going to walk the Camino like that??)

- leather purse

- period knife in a leather scabbard


- I have now decided for a wicker back-basket as seen on Hieronymus Bosch paintings (see blog), although both basket and sack have pros and cons: a cloth sack is soft and should be kinder on the back but takes a while to pack and unpack, isn't good for glass bottles and boxes, makes it more difficult to organize things, and it also does not provide a waist-belt option (very bad) but could be worn around the shoulders, not only on top of them; a back-basket could mean a sore back (I am hoping that a scrip around the waist would eliminate that) but it can be fitted with a waist-belt and a cover with a lock (haven't seen a period basket cover except on trunks, but unfortunately, thefts are beginning to emerge on the Camino), the things could be put into it without unpacking its contents, it would be easier to organize and possibly it also means more space. I just thought, how does a wicker basket go with the rain?


- Scrip, clothes sack and basket cover will all be made of the kind of cotton that is used for tents (scouts, mostly), that is treated to be waterproof. I chose it so that it can provide at least some resistance in the case of rain. And anyway, the only 700g thick linen that keps the rain out and that I know of is from Poland and the guy that uses it for tents doesn't want to tell where he gets it from.


- Looking at the long list above, I am starting to worry about the weight. After preliminary weighting of what I have so far I came up to 8kg (without a basket)! Absolutely too much. So I went through the pack-list (again) and marked with an * all those items that are not absolutely necessery. If you are wondering why the woollen dress ended up on that list, it weights more than a kilo and do I really need it? If I have a woollen jacket, another set of kirtle + smock and a felt hood, wouldn't that be enough?



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