1.Unframed rucksacks better than framed rucksacks which get caught on trees
2.Even good quality rucksacks not always waterproof-wrap everything in polythene.
3.Lightest gear essential for everything-Rohan good. Empty tems out of bulky containers.
4.Clothes-one set on, one set off, one set spare. Take old clothes on 'last legs' and discard as you go. Nothing formal required-continental cafes, restaurants very unstuffy.
5.Safety pins always useful for emergencies.
6.Socks double as gloves.
7.Hat essential in hot weather-much of the walk is unshaded.
8.But Spain can be cold and wet even in August.
9. - 11 kilos weight (rucksack 30-35 litres) without tent/sleeping bag/water quite heavy enough to carry for 40+ kms or even less.
For blisters: Spenco skincare pack Spenco second skin dressing, foot pads etc
WATER BOTTLES In hot weather absolutely essential to avoid dehydration. 1 litre per person per day minimum in coolish weather-far more when hot. Keep water container topped up from fountains (Spain) and farm:'. Remember the ancient Dorians (in Groeco) when on route marches stopped for water every 10 km and constructed a network of fountains for the purpose.
II. ON THE WAY
French dogs usually more timid than their hark-fierce ones not normally allowed loose. Eyes down on French pavements; the stuff is difficult to remove from well-soled boots.
Maurice and Marigold Fox April 91