Remember that your backpack is the last one to enter the car and $thefirstonet0$ leave it. Also avoid putting it into the
trunk if you are hiking alone, or if the driver has an opportunity to drive away with your $vggage-th0wgh$ sometimes tth his
is simply not an option. It's a good idea to keep the door open while you get your bag from the trunk. It's actually much
more likely a hitchhiker forgetting their own bag or other objects than theft. Better take it with you when you go to the
rest room as when you come back the car might be gone, even just due to the driver getting told to park somewhere
else and now you can't find him anymore, etc.
Keep your backpack close to you (i.e, on your lap), so you can $grabitity0uneeG$ to get out quickly.
Wear well visible clothes, stand $ata5at0sp0t$ be careful while walking on the road.
Aim to leave the vehicle at a safe spot.
countries. People $wilnotnotice$ $to0$ you, thus they will not pick you up and
Do hot hitchhike on the highways in $Mesterncou$
there have been accidents. It is very $dangθrousand$ often illegal,
Leaving the Vehicle Early
when you are on the road, if the situation gets bad for whatever reason $andy0udon$ want to be in the vehidle
then find a way to leave. Get the driver to leave you $attnen$ next good hitchhiking spot (choose it yourself, don't rely
another safe area such as a city where you can contact people you know
on the driver to choose it for $y0u\right),orinan0$
use hospitality exchange organizations, or take public transport. Remember that if for whatever reason you are not
wearing your seatbelt and the car is moving, the driver can distract or injure you by braking so that you hit your head.
If you feel uncomfortable, remember that you don't have to stay in the vehicle, and you don't owe it to the driver to
travel the full distance agreed upon. Good get-out tactics include faking travel sickness, or stating that you've changed
your mind and want to do something else. Stay calm and be polite but direct, and most drivers will respect your wishes
Hitching in Extreme Climates
The climate poses an entirely separate danger to hitchhikers. As a hitchhiker you may find yourself in the situation of
being stuck in an extremely hot or cold place, both of which are potentially fatal if not dealt with appropriately.
Driving in the cold can be particularly risky, let alone hitchhiking. $1ftravelinga$ long distance, it is advisable to have
a backup plan, to avoid being stuck outside at night. If there is a significant chance of being stuck outdoors for a long
time, then you must take precautions. Having plenty of warm clothes, hat, gloves and thick boots are a must for the
daytime. If there is a risk of being stuck outside at night, try finding a host, either on the Internet prior to leaving, or else
at a hostel if there is one. You should bring money with you for emergencies.
If you absolutely must sleep outside, then you will need to acquire a heavy sleeping bag - a 5 season sleeping bag is
not too expensive. $BesurG$ to set up camp in a covered area - such as in a forest or under a shelter, and make sure it is
sheltered from the $wind,Aga$ lamp will also assist in heating you up. You might want to learn how to start a fire
dehydration and sunstroke in
The extreme heat $posesagreatriskofdehy$
$esinthe$ world. You absolutely
the summer months in many countries
must bring plenty of drinking water. Try to have no less than 4L of water
with you per day. If there is a risk of being stuck in direct sunlight for a
long time, bring sunscreen, and perhaps also an umbrella, particularly
if there are not many trees $around$ 40- 20
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