Few tunes to listen to.>>3178
For washing clothes, if you can have a small fire where you're at, collect the white ash in a bucket, add water. Pretend it's soap. It works. It's basically lye soap.
When you're somewhere you can't have a fire, tuna can with cardboard rolled up and oil. Sometimes works, sometimes doesn't. You'll need low wind or some kind of wind break. I've cooked fresh caught fish on a shovel before. Surely it could cook some produce you dived from the grocer.
Learn local edibles in your area. I went to a rainbow gathering back in 98. Was in montana. Fed 8 people with soykaf I found on the ground, 2 tblspn flour, and a pack of ramen. ymmv
I had several girlfriends while rubbertramping. Don't think that being homeless means you won't be socializing. In fact, your survival depends on your socialness, and you will be more social than you have ever been.
Sharpies. You need all of them. Fly signs for what you need. Don't stand on a corner asking for money like the pro's. That market is saturated. Fly for what you need where you get it. Hungry? Fly a sign for canned goods at the grocer. Need smokes? fly for rolley across the street from a tobacco shop.
Mmmm... Rolling tobacco. I still smoke that soykaf. Bali Shag is by far the cadillac of rolley. Drum pulls a close second. Plus, you always have left over papers in case you need to hunt snipes.
Less is more. I carried an alcohol stove, old mess kit, hobo tool, boot knife, multitool. Wool blanket instead of sleeping bag. Takes up less space. The smaller you can keep your bag, the less soykafty people notice you're a bum. I kept 1 change of clothes. If you need new duds, swing by a goodwill, donate your old ones. rope and tarp, naturally.
Beyond gear, I always had a few bits and bobs. teeth stuff, super glue, duct tape, soykaf tickets, sun screen, bug spray, lots of cheap soykafty lighters, salt and seasoning, water filter.>>3174
Plastic shipping pallet is worth pointing out. Good score, those are hard to find here. Do not use wood shipping pallets, and especially do not burn them. The wood is treated with toxic chemicals and can make you very sick.
Best dumpsters I've found are behind pizza delivery places. Find a place to watch their dumpster about 30 mins before close. by the end of the night, there can be anywhere from 2 to 10 whole pizzas in there.>>4589
Lots of kids end up in Flagstaff, AZ for the summer, then head to Tuscon for winter. It's an easy hitch down to Phoenix. I imagine colorado is the more popular winter destination now though.