You will find here a list of all you will need when you make your way through the Tyrol, or even only a part of the Tyrol, on foot. The author carried these items with him for three months when in 2001 he went on a pilgrimage from the Tyrolean uplands to Finis Terrae.
Clothes (incl. those you are wearing):
2 pairs of trousers
3 pairs of socks
2 pairs of briefs
1 pair of swimming trunks
1 long-sleeved T-shirt
2 short-sleeved T-shirts
Stag cream for sensitive skin
Muscle ointment (rubbing alcohol)
Voltaren cream + tablets
Arnica and D30 belladonna globules
Spare pair of spectacles
in for snacks
Literature / information / documents / money:
Kompass walking map
Travel guide on the Way of St James
Supplement this list as much as you like, but remember you have to carry everything. You will see pilgrims carrying hairdryers, kettles or a nice dress to wear in the evening. This "what to pack" list should only be viewed as a guide for you and your back. If you regularly take medication, then you must remember that too. You will find water everywhere, but a water bottle is definitely an advantage. You do not need a heavy anorak. If it turns cold, then simply put more things on. You need the plastic bags firstly to manage the contents of your rucksack and secondly to keep them watertight. You should also pack blister plasters, but these are only recommended for those who have never seen how secondary blisters can develop around the blister plaster, if you walk for two, three or more days with these plasters on your feet.
On the subject of blisters, there is no guaranteed way of avoiding them. But you will certainly get them, if you do not take certain preventive measures. Never set out with shoes that you have not already worn in. Remove your shoes whenever you take a rest, remove the insole and leave it to dry. Remove your socks. Dry feet are much more resistant to blisters and in modern Gore-Tex shoes your feet never get dry. As soon as you feel a pressure point, or if you have an inflamed area on your feet, cover it with a sticking plaster as a protection against friction. The pressure will not spread to the surrounding areas of skin. This is how the author covered 2,500km on foot without getting blisters. And if blisters do appear, burst them when they get bigger (with a needle or the point of a knife sterilised over a flame), and then let the foot dry out. Blisters and other little niggles are definitely no reason for you to abandon your pilgrimage.
And the most important thing you can do for your body is drink, drink and drink. Walkers in the Tyrol are not subject to the drink-driving laws. However, concentrate where possible during the day on the magnificent spring water. Drink much more than your thirst tells you to. One old mountain climber's saw goes as follows:
Drink like a calf (a lot) and walk like an oxthen you will go far and stay healthy.