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How to Sleep on the Streets:

What most people spend on living arrangements, whether "permanent" ones such as houses or apartments, or hotels when traveling, can enable a frugal nomad to enjoy the same bars and restaurants as those who turn up their noses at him when they see him in a sleeping bag in the entryway of a closed shop downtown. While not all areas are good prospects for this manner of living, wherever you see a substantial homeless population you can be fairly sure of being able to live nomadically.

Steps

1. Carry both a sleeping bag and sleeping pad suitable to the climate of the area in which you are living. A combination sil poncho/tarp/bivy sack also comes in handy in rainy weather.

2. Sleep in a park during the day whenever possible; there is less chance of police harassment and mugging, it is generally warmer, and the grass makes a natural cushion. Large parks, such as the Boston Common and San Diego's Balboa Park, make it easy to find a place to lay out your tarp and sleep for a few hours. Beaches are also excellent places to sleep during the day, but keep above the high-tide line, unless you want to awake to the chill of an ocean wave, and wear sunscreen or keep your body covered.

3. If you must sleep on the street at night, find an area where the homeless are already doing the same. You will be less conspicuous, and the police probably leave them alone in that area. Be wary that the other homeless people may try to intimidate you or even rob you.

4. If you can't find a spot where the homeless are sleeping, choose a place that's fairly well lit yet out of the pedestrian walkway. It's better to have the cops roust you than get mugged in a dark alley.

5. Another place to sleep relatively safely at night are rooftops of public buildings. People do not naturally look up, and chances are you won't get found. This may be classed as trespassing and illegal, however. But it is safer than sleeping on the streets themselves. Preferable rooftops are flat with alcoves or obstacles so you cannot roll off of the rooftop.

6. Look for free samples in grocery stores. It's an easy way to find food, and you are more likely to find special offers and cheap food. Even walking in opens lines of communication for food later on.

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