Advice to wash your clothes on the Camino de Santiago

We bring you some tricks and tips on how to wash your clothes that will come good for you, especially if you're considering doing for the first time the pilgrimage route

Fernando Borjas
31/08/2016 14:21

Consejos para lavar tu ropa en el Camino de Santiago

Consejos para lavar tu ropa en el Camino de Santiago

Be a pilgrim provident 

If you've never done the Camino de Santiago before is normal that some doubts assail our heads; if you are preparing the trip for the first time and do not have the advice of a veteran pilgrim near, one of the most frequently asked questions that always arise is what I do with my clothes? How do I wash it?

Though the Camino de Santiago can be considered a "joyride" we are not facing the typical couples getaway where we happen to find all done (but that sure you already know). Every year more people travel the Camino, especially in high season and sometimes we will gather in shelters a large number of pilgrims with the same needs. These needs can not always be satisfied as we would like, but if we are prepared, we can easily go over a problem. In the Camino elsewhere, the provident pilgrim forearmed.

Wash and dry clothes, hand or machine?

In the case of wash our clothes, keep in mind that not all hostels have a washing machine, and usually if they only have one, so the queues with other hostel guests are insured. However, what we will find in all accommodation is at least several batteries for hand washing our clothes. Keep in mind that hand washing has two advantages; It will take less and spend less. Anyway if we have access to washing machine and want to use it, we must have about 3 or 4 euros, taking much more out washing of course if we go in groups or we agree with someone else and share.

After washing we have to dry, which is complicated especially in the days of bad weather (which in Galicia are no strangers precisely) or outside periods of high season in summer. Therefore, if we make the Camino in summer, it is best to dry our clothes on a clothesline (we find in all lodges), while if we do it in winter, we use a dryer (although not all hostels have one) with a similar cost to put a washing machine. As a last resort, if a garment has not finished drying and we have to leave the hostel, we can hang our backpack to give him full sun.

Essential for washing and hanging

Taking all this into account, also you should try to get as prepared as possible. For this we tell you what you should not miss in your backpack when washing your clothes in the Camino de Santiago:

  • Clips or safety pins: You will not always find clamps in hostels, so do not forget them, especially for lingerie, you will lose all your clothes before arriving at the Cathedral of Santiago. They also can take a number of safety pins and also take up less trouble, if you take the backpack to the top.
  • Hand soap: Essential a bar of soap to wash by hand, even if you have planned machine wash, because you never know what you can find on your next stop. If you go to wash machine, the housing itself have soap for washing machines.
  • A rope: Especially in times of great influx of pilgrims a small rope of about two meters will be very useful in times when you can find the full clotheslines. It's as easy as deploying your rope on the line and out of trouble, in addition to tie it between two trees if you have an emergency.
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Juan José Corbalán Espinal 25/08/17 00:59:52
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Muy bueno para ir juntando experiencia y cuando realice el camino tener menos dificultades. Gracias.
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Lisandro Moises
Lisandro Moises 18/11/16 00:20:55
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Todo este tipo de información hace que uno vaya preparando su cabeza y no frustrarse en el camino por no haber contemplado dichos detalles. Se agradece la info!
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Rita
Rita 17/11/16 00:09:46
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Gracias. Estas cositas nos son muy útiles a los que pensamos aventurarnos por primera vez 😀
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mabel
mabel 16/11/16 15:41:14
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Gracias!!!
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Elizabeth Hoyos Muñoz 27/08/2017 05:21:08
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Gracias por compartir estas ayudas. Me estoy preparando para hacer la ruta francesa en primavera. Me pueden decir en que meses del año es primavera en esta zona de la tierra?
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labrujafeliz
labrujafeliz 19/09/16 21:37:13
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excelente tips, gracias
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RODRIGO MUÑOZ CABALLERO
RODRIGO MUÑOZ CABALLERO 10/02/2017 17:56:20
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Hola labrujafeliz,

Si nunca has hecho ningún tramo del Camino de Santiago, no tengo ninguna duda en recomendarte el Camino Francés, ya que en esta época de que dispones, no está demasiado concurrido.

Tienes el suficiente flujo de peregrinos para experimentar el contacto con la gente, pero no tanto como para estar agobiada.

Es el que tiene más riqueza monumental, y el que más tradición de acogida al peregrino.

Con los días de que dispones, puedes comenzar desde León. Disfrutarás.

¡¡Buen Camnino!!
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Sonia Rodriguez
Sonia Rodriguez 11/09/16 08:45:09
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Muy bueno...imprenscindible la cuerda y pinzas ....y procurar q la ropa sea de secado rapido
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Alejandro Ruiz
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Alejandro Ruiz 02/09/16 16:06:59
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Información muy útil que muchos no tienen en cuenta al realizar el camino. Genial!
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Pedro Gómez
Pedro Gómez 02/09/16 00:24:49
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Buenos como consejos, ¡gracias!
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BrunoRuiz555
BrunoRuiz555 01/09/16 17:37:22
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Por lo que ocupa un trozo de cuerda de esparto en tu mochila ni te lo pienses, a mi me ha sacado de más de una
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ArnauRG
ArnauRG 31/08/16 20:59:23
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Ante todo , un peregrino ha de ir siempre bien aseado !! cheesy
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Pepe AM
Pepe AM 31/08/16 14:45:13
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Llamadme poco previsor, pero nunca he pensado en esto cuando me decida a hacer el Camino. Gracias por los consejos!
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David Romero
David Romero 31/08/2016 18:02:57
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Ya te veíamos comprando ropa para cambiarte en cualquier tienda de pueblo XD
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