Camino Day 1: Porto, Portugal I brought too much stuff!


Jun 14, 2019


Bill and I arrived here in Porto, Portugal and our whole group is here (19 of us) with the exception of one woman who had massive delays on her flight and she will meet up with us later today in the next city Viana 

This group rocks!! I’m excited to see what unfolds in the next 14 days. Here we are at dinner last night. 

Here is our first hotel where we stayed last night VivaCity, Porto. Our two backpacks. My little tupperware cake box for sharing cake with friends on the trail. Super important, right? What you do NOT see in this photos are two suitcases.

It’s a beautiful day here in Portugal and I have way too much stuff, and this Burt’s bees selection is just one indication of where my mind is this year – HAHA – I wanted choices, depending on my mood. You know? How will I know if I feel like I am in a mood for Mango, Watermelon, Pomegranate or Honey lip balm?

Like, seriously??? What was I thinking? 

I wasn’t. 

So I will need to unload some of my stuff here in the hotel – and eliminate the idea of choices. 

And I have to admit, right in this moment I want to keep all the Burt’s Bees, but I love them all!! 

Last year when I did the Camino in June 2018, I packed super light. I wore the same exact clothes the whole time. I had one set of clothes for daytime (for walking) and another ONE set of clothes for nighttime.

I probably carried one Burt’s Bee. 

Last year, I did not mess around. 

For daytime (walking the route) in 2018, I wore the same pair of Kohl pants every single day, the same one shirt, the same tank top, the same sports bra. I had five pairs of quick-drying underwear with me, which I washed in a sink at night. I had a fleece jacket, a rain jacket, sunglasses and I was good to go. 

I had a pair of boots, a pair of Teva sandals and flip-flops

At night, I wore the same wrap-around skirt, the same one blouse, a second tank top and a second bra for evening. 

Super simple. 

Also last year, I brought with me my computer (which I am on now), an ipad, an iphone, a paper journal, a pen and some ripped out pages from my Course in Miracles book. 

This year, OMG. I don’t know what I was thinking. I bought a bunch of different clothes to “switch it up” so I could wear different outfits at night and different outfits during the day. It seemed like a good idea when I was packing at home, but it’s A WHOLE OTHER SHOW when you’ve got the pack on your back and you’re walking 10-15 miles a day in the hot summer sun. 

So …. I’m going through everything now and leaving behind what I don’t need. 


This is great advice for life – bring with you only the bare essentials – and this is my goal of the Camino: to leave here on the Camino trail everything I absolutely do not need in life. 

I was going to ditch the Illy coffee, french press and water kettle (yes – LOL – we brought a canister of coffee, a french press and a water kettle – HELLO – we do on every trip we make. In my book coffee is an essential) but I’ve got way too much stuff and couldn’t close my suitcase so Bill said: give me that. So the coffee is lasting one more day. At least for now. We’ll see how it goes in the next hotel. 

What’s funny is that in this moment as I write this post, I seriously think I need everything I brought. I love everything I brought. And I’m noticing that I’m super attached to every one of these lipsticks, but some stuff is going to have to go.

What can you unload in your life? How can you travel a little more lightly? 

Buen Camino. 

I love you. 


Our first meal and coffee yesterday at the Hungry Biker. I love that place!!


4 Responses to “Camino Day 1: Porto, Portugal I brought too much stuff!”

  1. Jenn flynn says:

    Yes, what to ditch? Great question! I will come up with some things:)

  2. Rebecca Johnson says:

    I love you and yeah what were you thinking you have coffee everywhere. You are a nut. Buen Camino

  3. Dianne Brannan says:

    Hi Lisa, I read a week or os back that u were going to walk the Camino and it reminded me of some thoughts I had a few years back. At the time I was unable to walk very far, but Now… I spoke to my husband and we are planning to Walk the Camino next year. Have fun yourselves and I look forward to hearing your news. I love yr comments re, taking too much “stuff”, certainly a problem of mine… Pack lightly I am told. Love Dianne (to remind you who I am, xwe met at the ACIM Conference in Birmingham.) xx

  4. Nancy Benjamin says:

    You go girl! Just got back from 2 1/2 weeks in Italy, Albania, Greece, France, Spain etc. and brought WAY too much stuff. Even for a cruise ship! Lol! Have fun and be safe! ❤️❤️❤️

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