|Here's a photo to show you my top loading pack.|
Can you see the straps on the side?
That's where I stuck the umbrella
There is some discussion about umbrellas on the Camino today and my vote is YES!
By all means, carry one!
Up until last year, I thought it was funny to see people with umbrellas on the Camino.
Then last year, on a very hot day, I bought one.
And now, I'm addicted.
It's one of my favorite pieces of Camino gear.
First of all, I bought a bright purple one last year,
so the color was cheerful on dark rainy days.
Second, when it DID rain, I stayed absolutely dry.
Last, on hot days, I bet it was 20 degrees cooler under that umbrella.
The sun would be baking other pilgrims,
who would be sweating and sucking down water.
I would be walking under cool shade,
I'll never go without one again.
I don't take my umbrella with me.
I will buy one in Spain.
I bought the last one for 8 euros.
And not a folding one.
Those will break in the wind.
Nope.. a sturdy regular old umbrella.
Stood up the entire route.
I left it in Santiago when I came home.
Didn't want to mess with checking it on the plane.
|Walking the Madrid route, I had shade all the way.|
|This is how I store it when I am not using it.|
I have a top loading pack, so I stuck the umbrella in the side straps on one side,
and my bread or walking sticks on the other side.
It was great.
I could just reach back when I needed it.
|Another photo of my backpack.|
See where I have my walking stick in this photo?
That's where I put my umbrella.
So.. think about it.
You don't have to decide until you reach Pamplona.
There will be plenty of places to pick up an umbrella there.
PS: In Spain it is called a "paraguas"
para-aguas = for rain
as opposed to a
para-sol = for sun
I love Spanish!