The 3 BIGGEST Safety Tips For Female Hitchhikers
I’m on a bus heading out of central Beijing in December 2015. I’m almost the only foreigner on board as this isn’t a tourist bus and there’s no guide, it’s the much cheaper local way to reach the Great Wall. I’m about to need those safety tips female hitchhikers I’m giving you in this post.
About an hour from the Wall, in the middle of nowhere, an official boards the bus and announces, looking straight at me, that the road ahead is closed and won’t allow access to the Wall.
I am hustled off into a dusty dead end road with nothing in sight, and the bus drives off with all the locals on the ‘closed’ road. Now would be the moment I wished I’d had these crucial tips for hitchhiking safety!
Before jumping into any car, ostentatiously take a photo of the number plate and send it (or pretend to send if you lack credit or signal) to a friend for safekeeping. This little trick is a lifesaver, and your driver seems always to notice and pay close attention to this!
The next tip was handed out by police in my home country where pepper spray is not legal and is a fantastic ‘just in case’ for your backpack:
Heat sprays for muscle pain relief such as Deep Heat are widely legal and don’t need much explaining- great for any sore muscles on the road. But if sprayed in an attacker’s eye, they’ll cause a load of pain and distraction. Ladies, a mini can should always be by your side.
And finally, based on personal experience:
Don’t get into a car with a man alone or a group of men – a couple is better, a family is best.
What are you best safety tips female hitchhikers? Drop a line about your own hitchhiking experiences!
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