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Winter Hitching Tips
I m planning to hitchhike from Ontario to Newfoundland in February. Does anyone have any winter hitching tips? I've never hitched in winter, but I'm assuming if I have good gear ie boots, jacket, snowpants, and plan my accommodations accordingly then I will be ok.
I usually hitch from Halifax, Atlantic Canada to sweet Montreal in Winter (as in Summer).
Of course-- Stay dry and warm and hydrated. Dress in layers, wool and fleece and waterproof--- all over cotton undies to whisk away moisture. Rain gear, mitts on string so they don't get lost. Hats, scarves. Snacks and water.
Flash light on a cord around your neck. Wear colourful outer clothing or neon safety vest.
Limit luggage- use reflective tape on your bag.
HUGE destination sign. Smile.
Advertise for shared rides- cs; kijiji, hostels, coffee shops, etc
**Start at first light. Be on the highway when the sun comes up. Drivers going long distances start early--
BE ATTENTIVE of WEATHER
If the roads get too bad-- seek out a garage open all night or coffee shop or such. Contact local HELP LINES and other such community groups rather than freeze.
Find a travel mate. Cold and hardship is easiest when you have partner to laugh with.
HUGE smile and wave to trucks. They regularly radio back to a following truck who has time / space to stop for you.
Buy your driver a coffee or even a meal if you stop for food.
Check in with friends sporadically-- 'phones at garages, e-mail- just for safety in case they need to track you in a storm...
Avoid alcohol in the cold.
Warn couches you may be early or late. Your mobility is governed by free rides.
Please post pictures.
Halifax, Atlantic Canada
rain to be followed by snow, today