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To make sure that you are prepared for your walking trip we have prepared a simple packing guide.
Here’s an overview of the essential items you should pack for your adventure:
Your shoes are the most important item on your gear list. Make sure they are well worn and comfortable before you go, to avoid blisters. A common mistake is purchasing new footwear and taking it to a long hiking trip like the Via Francigena before ‘breaking them in’. Please note that carrying a clean pair of socks (merino wool/cotton looped variety) each day can also make a huge difference.
There is nothing worse than bringing the wrong gear on a trip. Always check the weather online before departure and consider the type of route you are taking before you go. This can determine the type of clothing/footwear you will need.
For instance, if you travel during the Summer there is no need to bring heavy walking/hiking boots, as they will only slow you down. However, during the winter months, runners or trail shoes are not good in the bad weather as they will get wet and don’t offer as much ankle support if the trail is mucky.
Fellow pilgrims have suggested making a photocopy or scanning your passport and other important documents and leaving it with a family member before your trip, so that if you lose it while on the trip, you can just get them emailed to you. We thought this was a great suggestion.
You can also create a Dropbox account or Google Docs and keep these files available online, so you can access them from anywhere in the world at any time. Make sure you check your passport is still valid; if not, we recommend you request a renewal as soon as possible.
If you are travelling from outside Europe, roaming charges for mobile phones can be expensive. If you intend to leave your phone at home, you can always purchase prepaid cards and use the payphone to ring home (or our 24/7 support number).
Alternatively, you can use the Internet café in the main towns to send an email or call via Skype. If your mobile device is unlocked, you might be able to purchase a local SIM card to make calls while in the country.
Keep books and other heavy items to the minimum to avoid weight in your backpack, but don’t forget your guidebook. However, when you book with FrancigenaWays.com your luggage will be transferred from hotel to hotel so you can bring your reading books.
Although there are many pharmacies in the main towns on the Via Francigena, the St Francis Way and our Italian ways, language can be a barrier, making it difficult to get the correct medication. It might be a better option to obtain additional supply before you leave. Regular painkillers like paracetamol or aspirine can be easily obtained in the towns along the route.
For more information about cycling or walking the Via Francigena and our Italian ways, contact our travel specialists
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