How to pack for a Recliner Camino

For my first camino in 2019 I spent months carefully selecting all the items I thought I would need. Clothes were bought and returned, backpacks tried on, multiple pairs of shoes were tried on from several stores. Gadgets that I’d never heard about were tested out. Glen and I were constantly brainstorming about what we needed. By August of 2019 I had all my little stuff sacks ready to be placed inside my backpack and I was ready to go.

When I tripped on the sidewalk I didn’t have the luxury of planning ahead. I had to come up with a plan quickly. Here’s where all those months of camino planning paid off again.

I used a string sack that I received when I did a biking trip in Tuscany with Trek Bicycle Company. Every morning I put my phone, iPad, hand lotion, lip balm, spare external battery, emery board, and whatever else I needed. I put the pack on my front and then put my knee brace on. I grab my crutches and begin the slow bumpty bump down the stairs.

Once I’m in the recliner I don’t move much until it’s time to go to bed. Glen makes my coffee and gives me a couple of protein bars and a water bottle for the day.

At the end of the day the string bag gets packed and I use my arms to lift myself up each step. My triceps are amazing 💪!

Buen Camino

Published by michelleperram

I am me, a person with love for others, a passion to be creative, and a desire to be a cheerleader for others. I’m a wife, a mommy, and a grandma (you can call me by my grandma name “Lady M”). I’m on a search to grow and connect more fully with God. I didn’t grow up particularly church, married a man who had, and we raised our three daughters in the church. I found a place to belong in the church and somehow discerned a call to go to seminary. I received a Masters of Arts and Religious Communication (MARC). I went on to become ordained as a deacon in the United Methodist Church and served in media ministry and Christian education. As clergy I found that I didn’t have a place to belong in the church so I left the United Methodist Church in 2010. I still believe and I’m still on a quest to draw closer to God. And I’m going to walk the Camino de Santiago.


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