The Only Hitchhiking/Camping Gear List You Will Need
With hitchhiking -- and long term travel, the leSS "products" you have, the better. So that means each item you carry on you has to make an impact and give value to you in A BIG way.
Here are the most value-packed items I carried with me. I think you will get a lot of value from them as well if you want to embark on a similar journey.
Markers are your weapon when hitchhiking. They are your ticket to elsewhere. Make sure they are large and get more than one because writing on cardboard will dry them out quickly.
Alas, a road atlas. There is a great chance that your phone will lose service depending on where you go, or your phone will die. So Google Maps will only get you so far. More importantly, laying out a huge atlas in front of you and tracing the route with your finger -- there is nothing like it. You feel like god damn Christopher Columbus --but less murder-ey.
The value in having a canteen of this kind is that when it's not filled up with water, you can just roll it up and it won't get in the way. There is also a hole in this canteen to run a carabiner through and attach to your bag.
22 inches long. That's less than two feet. Now this item isn't totally necessary but if you are a skateboarder like me you really value the time you have on a skateboard. More practically, you value the distance you can cover with one of these things. I highly recommend grabbing this specific skateboard because it is the smallest and lightest cruiser that actually rips when you hop on the thing.
This is the shoe you need when hitchhiking. I hoofed it through 13 states with this shoe and still wear the same pair today. They are comfortable, durable, lightweight, and waterproof. Stop your search for shoes here.
If you plan on camping out while hitchhiking, you will need a one-man tent. This tent is lightweight and fits in a small bag.
This is an item that can often get overlooked, but when you get one you are really glad you did.
I not only used this to sleep in my tent while camping, but I've slept in the middle of airports on this during many long layovers. It makes any surface bearable. Roll it up and strap it to the outside of your bag.
A Bivouac sack, or "bivvy" is basically a lightweight sleeping bag that allows you to sleep almost anywhere. A minimalist's answer to a tent.
This item isn't completely necessary if you have a tent, but there are situations where you may want to roll out the bivvy and gaze at the stars on the beach. OR if you are a really hardcore minimalist camper you may throw out your tent and just rely on a bivvy.
Pick a bivvy up at your nearest Army-Navy store if this price is too hefty for you.
I bought this bag in Durango, Colorado after realizing that it actually gets cold at night in Colorado during the summer. It's good for anything above 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Nice and comfy too.
This is the perfect internal frame bag for anyone starting to backpack or hitchhike with a bunch of items to carry - it's what I used to carry everything I owned (which wasn't much) across the USA. PLUS ITS ONLY $40. I have a different bag now but this is a great starting bag for anyone who embarks on a journey similar to mine.
An organizing cube for your clothes. This has come in pretty clutch when traveling around. It compresses and expands so you can fit everything in.
I put the really valuable stuff I have like electronics in this bag. It protects from any water damage by not letting water in. It also pushes air through its fabric externally but doesn't collect air internally so you can compress the bag to a small size.
I didn't realize how useful just having 4 or so carabiners attached to my bag would be. You can attach more items to your bag as you please and these things also act as a makeshift keychain.