WARM WEATHER BACKPACK
Summer is the most challenging season for pilgrims. In the winter, we can ward off the cold with more layers; in the summer, we’re more limited when it comes to offsetting the heat. There are several things that can make our body temperature rise: outside temperature, solar radiation, ventilation of clothing, colour of clothing, ground temperature, physical exertion, fitness level, backpack weight, vegetation, terrain, hydration level. It’s one thing to be in the sun on the beach, where we an regulate our body temperature by taking a dip in the sea, it’s another to hike in the sun, where we’re a lot more limited when it comes to controlling the temperature. Choosing gear for the backpack should be done with the main goal of keeping your body temperature low. For example: the metallic “shade” that transforms an umbrella into a barrier against UV radiation; carrying more water in a “water bag”; wearing a wet neck buff to keep your neck and head cool. Whenever possible, we recommend wearing sandals (with or without socks) to keep feet cool during your pilgrimage.
HEAT REGULATION IN HOT WEATHER
As well as the usual stuff, your backpack should also have two very big stretchy pockets. In the left pocket, close to your heart, keep your generosity and everything you have to give to those you meet along the way. And then fill the right pocket with humility, so that you do not miss what the Caminho has to give you.