Our Spirit Adventures
Preparing for the Camino - Complete Instructions

Hello [Nickname or First Name],

Please refer to the following checklist with information to assist you in the preparation for your upcoming adventure with us. 

After booking confirmation:

[   ]   Confirm Your Travel Plans

To participate you need to have a current passport valid for at least '6 months rule' (i.e the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel). No travel visa is required for entry into Spain for this adventure - anyone extending their journey will need to check with the relevant authorities. It is the participants responsibility to make their own travel arrangements to ensure they arrive at the hotel in Madrid by 2pm (local time) ready to attend the first briefing at 5pm on 8 September 2019.

[   ]   Travel Insurance Details

As agreed to in your booking terms and conditions, please reply to this email with your travel insurance details (i.e. insurer's name, your policy number and insurer's emergency contact details). 

[   ]   Review Terms and Conditions

Please review your copy of the digital terms and conditions, which you agreed to during the booking process. No further action is required, however if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

[    ]  Review Inclusions & Exclusions

Please review the [Camino 2019] inclusions and exclusions, for your event. Our adventure packages are very comprehensive however, participants are still subject to additional costs, which are determined by their personal circumstances. Please let me know if you require further clarification in this regard.

3-4 Months Prior to Departure:

The next step is to review the following information and commence your tour specific training program. 

[   ]   Obtain Medical Clearance

Although Our Spirit does not generally require proof of medical clearance, we recommend that all participants consult their general practitioner prior to commencing our training program. Obviously, disclosure of Medical Considerations must be made to Our Spirit in a timely manner to ensure individual needs can be met.

[   ]   View Hiking Footwear Options

There are many brands of hiking boots available on the market today, so to help you choose boots that will fit and work correctly for you, we have created a Boot Selection Guide. Trekking or trail shoes, such as Merrell's or Salomons are an alternative choice to hiking boots on the Camino terrain. We recommend you choose either a boot or shoe suitable for your physical requirements. If you're concerned, please contact Trish to discuss your specific needs.

[   ]   View Backpack Guide & Fitting

Please review our Backpack Selection Guide to assist you in determining the right backpack for your trek. You will also benefit from reading the following information on Backpack Fitting.

[   ]   Print Trekking Equipment Checklist

We recommend that you print a copy of our comprehensive Equipment Checklist, which highlights essential and optional items to take on this adventure. If you haven't already done so, please go to the Our Spirit Online Shop where you can order trekking equipment and momentos for your adventure.

Ready to Start Training:

Once you have your boots and backpack and you're ready to commence your training program. We recommend that you review the following comprehensive information about all aspect of training to ensure you are physically fit for the challenge ahead. If you have any questions or concerns about your training/physical preparation for your upcoming adventure, please contact Aidan Grimes directly on 0414 521531 or send him email aidan@ourspirit.com.au

[   ]   View Training Guide

Please refer to the Training Guide for information about the FITT principles, the phases of training and how to monitor your performance and preventing injury.

[   ]   Complete Stretch Program

We recommend that you print out the Stretch Program for easy access. These stretches will help you maintain your felxibility throughout the training program.

[   ]   Complete Training Program

Ideally, we recommend a 3 Month Training Program to physically prepare for your Camino journey.  

[  ]    Incorporate Bush Walks Into Your Training

There are literally hundreds of bushwalking tracks throughout Australia which you can utilise to prepare yourself for the Camino. Please contact Trish directly on 0414 715679 or trish@ourspirit.com.au if you would like information on appropriate training areas proximus to your residence or workplace.

[   ]   Review Nutrition Guide

It is important to maintain a healthy diet in order sustain your increased activity throughtout your training program. Therefore, we have developed a Nutrition Guide to set you on the right path.

6 Weeks Prior To Departure:

At this stage of preparation, you should have completed all the forms and profile information; sourced most of your equipment and be well underway with your training program. Your departure date is getting closer, so the following information will be useful to you at this time.

[   ]   Travel Insurance

Please contact us now and provide full details of your travel insurance policy (i.e. Insurer's name and emergency contact details, your policy number and dates of coverage.

[   ]   Updated Travel Itinerary

Please refer to your Camino travel itinerary for preliminary details on your upcoming adventure. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

[   ]   Read Women's Guide

We have provided a separate Women's Guide specifically to address the health & hygiene considerations for women hiking the Camino.

[   ]   Roommate Requests

Requests to share with another trekker can be entered into the personal preferences section on your booking or by replying to this email and copying each roommate. Alternatively, twin-share rooms will be allocated according to gender (i.e. females with females and males with males) unless otherwise specified. 

[   ]   Final Payments

To enable us to meet our payment commitments with the hotel, we ask that you urgently make arrangements to pay the final balance for your adventure, if you have not already done so. 

[   ]   Read Our Backpack Packing Instructions

Its a good idea to practice packing and unpacking your backpack, which you will need to do throughout the adventure. Here are some instructions and helful tips on Backpack Packing

1 Week Prior To Departure:

Okay, nerves usually start kicking in at this point and that's perfectly normal so, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.

[   ]   Read Reminders

Please review the Equipment Checklist again to ensure you have all personal supplies required for this trip.

[   ]   Share Your Journey

Please inform your family and friends that the trek leader be intermittently posting photos and adventure details on the Our Spirit Facebook page so they can follow your journey.

[   ]   Complete Training and Preparation Survey

Your feedback is important to us, so we would greatly appreciate you taking a minute to complete our training and preparation survey.

Thank you for taking the time to read our preparation information.

If at any stage you have questions or concerns about your upcoming adventure with us, please contact our office and the appropriate team member will reply to you as promptly as possible. 

Kind regards,

The Our Spirit Adventure Team

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