Tips and TricksWashing your clothes is a very important point during the Camino, but drying them efficiently is even more so. As I only had three sets of clothes with me, I had to wash them at least every other day. These clothes had to dry even in rainy weather, so that I had something to wear on the way. Here are some tips in connection with that, which can make your life easier.
At most places, there’s a washing machine, which you can use for 2-4 Euros (plus an extra 1 Euro for the washing liquid, so it’s worth having your own liquid). The tumble dryer can usually be used for 3-5 Euros. In most cases, you have to drop the coins into the machines, but sometimes you just have to give the money to the receptionist and they do the rest.
By the way, the trick is that tumble dryers are more expensive everywhere than washing machines, since you can wash your clothes manually, but you can’t dry them with your hands.
My washing liquid for the El Camino proved to be fantasticWilderness Wash by the company Sea to Summit was great for both manual washing and washing machine. I brought a 89ml bottle with me, and it was just enough for the adventure, there was even some left in the bottom of the bottle. A huge advantage of this stuff is that it’s citronella scented – not only is it insect repellent, but you can also wash your dishes and take a shower with it. I didn’t use it much for the latter, just took a shower with it once, when I left my soap in the bedroom. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t the reason I’d bought this liquid.
Boots on the roofYou have to be careful with your boots getting wet. You have to take out your insoles, squeeze them out, and hang them to dry. (I also washed them with my washing liquid, as they were already wet.) The next thing you should do is put newspaper balls into your boots, and if the weather is good, then put them out in the sun.
Drying your wet boots with newspaper ballsThis is a very efficient method, as paper soaks up the water from inside the boots. I kept changing the paper balls every hour till I went to bed, and then once again, right after I got up. It was enough to use them the following day. It is also a useful method if your feet tend to sweat a lot. Wet boots are highly unhealthy – they can cause bladder infection, water blisters on your feet, and are a perfect home for funghi.
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Some more useful things to read:
Choosing the right backpack
Choosing the best boots for El Camino
Planning the trip to El Camino