Top ten things to bring on a Pilgrimage/ Hike

Long path

Almost there

Whether you are about to walk the Camino de Santiago, Appalachian Trail or do a local hike, you need to be prepared. And you know what it’s like, you’re
about to set off on the trip of a lifetime, and you have your must have list of what to take – there is the passport, ticket toothbrush – however there are always the hidden, last minute items that you are likely to forget and will wish you hadn’t, here’s my top #10 list:

  1. Good broken in pair of Shoes (be in hiking boots or hiking sandals – whatever works for you and that you’ve already walked in for hours or days without getting blisters)
  2. Walking stick – a good one, buy or find one on route as soon as
  3. A good Backpack, while this sounds like a given, trust me, some weigh a ton even when empty or if you get one too big you are likely to fill it, so it’s a fine balance to find the one for you.
  4. Water filter bottle (gentoo is my favourite  – filters it well enough to make tap water digestible almost anywhere, so you can refill on route. Boil water first in some countries, then cool and add to bottle, trick I used in Thailand where I drank only tap water)
  5. Real Woollen Thermals; nights and mornings can get cold and its must easier, smaller to take than jumpers, real wool will also wick sweat away from

    Ready to go…

    your body or keep rain out.

  6. Rain poncho; it is likely to rain, somewhere, sometime, and somehow be prepared.
  7. Earplugs; not every night is a blissful one, so be prepared to pull out and use as needed.
  8. All purpose Ointment/ Salve; blisters, cuts, scrapes, bruises, aching muscles, dry lips – skin, are all but a few things that come up when you’re on the road all day, having something that works to deal with them is staple – I of course use my own Wayfarers Magic Comfrey Ointment.
  9. A few band-aids, you just never know.
  10.  A positive attitude and some self worth; it’s not a competition – you don’t need to be the fastest, best or fittest.  Enjoy, stop and smell the flowers, be present.
Comfrey ointment

Wayfarer’s Magic

And be sure to leave; your troubles, your worries and your every day life. Just writing this list makes me hit the road.  Anything I missed that you would add to my list???

Use the word Camino in the checkout process for a 10% discount – and if you do use it on your pilgrimage/ hike drop me a line and let me know how you get on –


Comfrey successfully supporting self-healing and relief for Plantar Fasciitis

As someone that is against testing on animals I can at times be hard pressed to be able to trial my products on people and research the results.  However I am lucky, that I have people close to me that have a variety of ailments to test it on.  The latest human guinea pig (victim) is ineke, (who yes also happens to be my mum, not going to lie to you there), who thankfully is super active, and just completed a 880 kilometre walk of the Camino de Santiago, in Spain which consists of – a gruelling 10 miles a day, up and down hills come rain or shine.  After walking the Camino and being on the road travelling for the latst 16 months she’s returned home with a severe case of Plantar Fasciitis. To which the doctor advised that there is little to no relief and that it would take 2 years to fully recover.

Seeing this as potential opportunity to test my Comfrey Ointment on a case of Plantar Fasciitis, we started massaging in the ointment, 2 x a day, when she got up, in the afternoon and before going to bed (I believe the body works it’s hardest to heal any issues that it may face while we are sleeping – hence I also believe this is the best time to rub in any ointment that supports the bodies own self-healing, so in silent collaboration the body and herbs can work together to get you back to being your healthy new self). And adding some stretches and occasional ice-packs on her feet there was already a vast improvement.  In the first 2 weeks the pain had subsided, and she was able to walk again on the foot without any issues.  However was noticing on the days that she wasn’t using the ointment that the pain was returning again, I see that as a subtle reminder of the body to keep using the ointment.

Its now 7 weeks later, and ineke is still doing the stretches, and just using the ointment now and again at night. The pain has gone, she’s back to walking a few hours a day whenever possible and would walk the Camino again tomorrow if that was an option.  As a free additional bonus the Comfrey Ointment has also healed her cracked heels, not even something I had thought of using the ointment for, so always good to hear.

In her own words:

‘I have been using the Comfrey Ointment for my Plantar Fasciitis for over 7 weeks now, together with the ice packs, stretches and massaging the ointment in both morning and night.  My doctor told me it would be a long healing process that could take up to 2 years.

Plantar Fasciitis

Using Comfrey for Plantar Fasciitis and Cracked heels

I’ve had it since the beginning of October and now in mid-January all the pain, symptoms and discomforts have disappeared.  I am normally very suspicious about this claims or testimonials, however this comfrey ointment has certainly worked miracles for me.’

You can find the Comfrey Ointments here,  and if you are interested in ineke’s adventures on the Camino, Africa, Turkey or many other countries, you can find them on her blog here.  As well as her art work which you can find here

And of course should you be planning to walk the Camino in Santiago or other Pilgrimages, my Wayfarers Magic is the Ointment for you also works a treat on Blisters, Sore Muscles, Aches & Pains.  It won’t be walking the Camino for you though, so do take enough determination, sense of adventure and good spirit to do that yourself.

If you are planning to walk the Camino or have walked the Camino and would like to try the ointment, drop me a line here for my special Camino de Santiago 10% off discount code.