This article gives you some dos and don'ts and helps you prepare for the Evening Vigil at Hyde Park, London.
Hints and tips
Please try to minimise what you will need to carry as in some cases you may have to walk a very long way.
Give your mobile number to your Pilgrim Leader; it would be a good idea to exchange mobile numbers within your Pilgrim Group.
Pilgrim Passes need to be worn at all times and should be fitted on departure from your Pilgrim Point. Cut or defaced Passes are void and cannot be replaced.
If you become unwell prior to the Pilgrimage, please remain at home and inform your Pilgrim Leader, in the interests of your own health and others.
What you can bring...
If you wish, you may bring:
Banners and flags
Blankets for the ground
Small folding chairs, cushions and kneelers for comfort
Torches (for early arrivals and evening departures)
What you need to bring...
We recommend that you bring the following:
Provision for all weather conditions 1
Medication as needed for the duration of your time away from home 2
Emergency contact numbers 3
Your Papal Visit handbook
Your Pilgrim Pack and identification
1 Including wet weather (rainwear) and provision for sunny conditions (hats/caps, clothes to cover-up, sun cream); please be aware that the sun can burn even on a cloudy day. Please remember that overnight temperatures may drop significantly at this time of year.
2 Please plan for being on site longer than expected.
3 Also bring details of any medical conditions you may have and medication you are taking.
What not to bring...
There are a number of things that you should not bring with you as they could pose a threat to yourself or others:
Animals (except registered assistance dogs)
Open flames (e.g. candles)
Glass items of any type
Compressed gas cylinders and other fuel containers