How to Hitchhike Across America

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4-11-2020, 12:20
Gone are the 1960s and '70s when hitchhiking was the norm. Instead we live in a climate of fear, uncertainty and destruction that makes picking up a stranger an oddity. So if you want to know how to hitchhike across America, you need to both physically and mentally prepare yourself for this cost-effective, sometimes inspirational, journey.


  1. Determine your time frame.
    • Going north to south cross country will take less time than east to west.
    • Make sure that you have allotted adequate time if you need to be in a particular location in a particular time frame.
  2. Purchase a map.
    • Try the larger Rand McNally Map Book of the United States because it will give you a map of each state as well as the larger cities.
    • One that denotes rest areas, service stations and truck stops will be your best investment.
  3. Shop for food before you start your trip. This will help save you money as you travel through gas stations and rest stops.
    • Purchase non-perishable food items so that they stay fresh in your backpack. Depending on the length of your trip, you might consider healthier snacks such as apples or nuts to help boost your energy. You might even consider purchasing freeze-dried meals.
  4. Start to pack.
    • Include ample changes of clothing.
    • Pack a sleeping bag as well as a lightweight tent if it will fit.
  5. Pack a water canteen to help keep you hydrated.
    • Consider packing some sort of discrete safety device like a pocket knife or small can of mace.
  6. Strategize a game plan.
    • Tell someone your plan before you leave, and make arrangements for when and how you plan to check in with that person throughout or at the end of your journey.
    • Prepare in your head what you are going to tell potential drivers when you approach them about the possibility of a ride. Tell them your destination, if you have one, and always be courteous.
  7. Shave and dress nicely. This will increase your chances of being picked up.
    • Try to always be dropped off at or near a truck stop or rest area. This will give you the greatest likelihood of being picked up.
  8. Listen to your instincts. If while traveling you feel like something doesn't feel right, then visualize an exit strategy, and act upon it immediately.


  • If you do bring a cell phone, conserve the charge by only turning it on to make necessary or emergency phone calls. Instead, to tell time, purchase a cheap watch or bring one from home.
  • Mapping capabilities may be available on your phone, but unless you have a way to keep it charged throughout your whole trip, a hard copy map is your safest method of navigation.
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