How to protect yourself from the heat on the Camino de Santiago this summer

The heat can be an important factor during our trip to the Galician capital so you have to be prepared

Doing the Camino de Santiago in summer is the favorite option for most pilgrims. During the summer months is when we can find more pilgrims on the Camino because it is the time when people have more free time. Another important factor is that during this time the temperatures are more pleasant as they are higher, something that also forces us to have to protect ourselves from the heat.
If you are determined to do the Camino during these months of the year, you are in the right place. Below we will give you a series of recommendations so that you can protect yourself from the heat on the Camino de Santiago so that you can enjoy the experience to the fullest and without any difficulty.

Tips to protect yourself on the Camino de Santiago in summer

Although depending on the place where we are the temperatures may be higher or lower, during the summer months the heat spreads everywhere along the Camino de Santiago. Keeping this in mind is essential for the Camino to be a much more satisfactory experience and that we do not encounter difficulties when going through each of the stages. 

Get up early to avoid excessive heat

The hottest hours are usually midday, so it is advisable to make the most of the day until the sun reaches its peak. Without overdoing it and sleeping the recommended amount of hours, we will have enough time to complete the stage and avoid the sun when it emits the most heat.

Wear a hat and breathable clothing

The clothes that we are going to use during the Camino will be decisive for our adventure. During hot days it is recommended to wear a cap or hat at all times and use light, even breathable clothing that allows us to keep cool despite the heat.

Drink plenty of water during the Camino

Water is essential for the Camino de Santiago, regardless of the season of the year. During the summer months it is much more important as we sweat and our body needs to stay hydrated.

Do not overexert yourself on hot days.

Some days you may have to put more effort into completing a stage, but do not overdo it, especially in hot weather. At these times you should even reduce the pace so as not to strain the body and ensure our well-being during the Camino.

What to take on the Camino de Santiago in summer?

There are several things that are important when walking the Camino de Santiago during the summer months. One of the most important things is to always follow the 10% rule in order not to carry too much weight, something that can be a big problem especially when you have to change under the sun. 

Basics to do the Camino de Santiago in summer

  • Sunscreen
  • Cap
  • Breathable clothing
  • Reusable water bottle
  • First aid kit



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