Walking Camino in the heat.
The best advice we can give you is to ensure you go out into your day prepared. Check your Camino guide for the distances between villages and be mindful of taking precautions to protect yourself from the sun and its heat.
1– Protect yourself.
Apply sunscreen before you head out for the day, make it a part of your morning routine. Don’t forget to include the back of your neck, ears and legs I have seen many red blistered and peeling legs on Camino. If you are having a day in sandals it is wise to wear socks to protect your feet. A sun hat or cap is a must and sunglasses will be a welcome addition to your outfit. Carry sunscreen with you and as the day progresses apply more. Remember you have to go out in it again tomorrow and you can sustain serious burns if you are not diligent about this.
2 – Stay Hydrated
Drink plenty of water during the day even if you are not thirsty. There are plenty of fountains and places to stop and cool yourself down with a splash of water. Also having snacks in your day pack to keep your energy level up is a good idea. Juicy fruits can also serve you well.
3 – Rest
In Europe the hottest part of the day is generally around 2-3 pm, this is a good time to take a break. Find yourself a café or shady space and stop for a while. while you are there take your shoes off and give your feet some air especially if you have sweaty feet as this = blisters. As a Crossroads Travel client, your accommodation is waiting for you so there is no need to rush. Also, it is quite late before it gets dark, so you really do have plenty of time.
4 – Pace yourself
One of the big mistakes pilgrims make on the Camino is trying to keep up with others. Make sure that you find your rhythm and stick with that, you can meet friends in villages along the way or at the end of the day. You use extra energy trying to walk at the pace of another and you will tire yourself which will make the heat less manageable.
5 – Listen to your body
Something you need to get very good at when you are walking long distances. Be aware of how you are feeling, and don’t push yourself past your limit. Best to stop and rest and arrive later or to hop in a Taxi or Bus you can return to that spot the next day if it worries you? Better to try more the next day than pass out and ruin the one you are in!