- Pocket knife:
Never know when you might want to stab someone.
Only if you’re young and nimble, with a healthy liver to handle the alcohol you will inevitably guzzle.
Works well in wet weather.
- Sleeping bag:
Great at four am when the deep freeze sets in.
- Foam beach mat/cardboard/sleeping mat:
Your back can thank me later.
- Water bottle:
Mine was once abused by my penis while on a bus in Argentina that wouldn’t stop for a toilet break. Life saver, to say the least.
- Permanent marker:
For poetry on bathroom walls.
- Small torch:
For discovering what’s making those scurrying noises while you sleep in a bamboo forest (it was a wild bore).
- A lighter:
For the inevitable joint getting passed around.
Soothes the loneliness of the road.
To get the hot drivers numbers and making flip drawings while waiting for a ride.
So much more than a sign – a bed, umbrella, dinner plate.
- A towel:
Because ‘Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy’ said so.
For that Swiss volley ball team who pick you up.
To communicate with them.
To document your experiences with them and later upload to the internet to finance your travels.
- The ultimate country specific hitchhiking guide.
- Useful, but cluttered.
- Inspiring and informative country specific information.
- Please note this one appears to only be in French…it used to be in English too. So, ahh, goodluck with that!
- Don you sailing cap and ball crunching short shorts, the high seas await.
- One of my all time favourite and most inspiring alternative travel websites. It was Road Junky and its founder who inspired me to give hitchhiking a go in the first place