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Obviously it's best to be housed up, but where else do y'all prefer if that's not possible? I'm partial to rooftops since I can climb better than most people and no one will fuck with me or find me there. Otherwise, a little bit out in the woods or anywhere off the side of the road is usually a good spot. To memory, I haven't ever been bothered while stealth camping. Under a loading dock overpass on a lonely moonlit night has been good as well. Mostly, I don't want to deal with other people.

If you're out in the fields of the Midwest, though, where do y'all camp?
 
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That's actually a good question, and I wonder if under the stars is one of the answers, because that must be an incredible feeling to experience.
 

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I love sleeping on rooftops. Slept on the roof of this large vacant warehouse in Bloomington, IL, when I was traveling through on my way to Champaign. All the real bums and BS stay on the street while your higher up on a roof. Good for summer, catch a light breeze nobody fucks with you.
 
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The thing about rooftops, maybe this is a NYC thing.... I know my father used to tell me that when he was in the F.D.N.Y during the 1960s and 1970s, predominantly in the Lower East Side, he told me his biggest fear about going up on roof tops of tenements was coming across angry dogs !!

But that being said, yes... up high I would think is always better, and safer then dealing with what's down below.

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when i was homeless in los angeles, rooftops were by far the best places to sleep and you'd be surprised how many buildings leave their rooftop access ladders unlocked...
 

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I always looked for some place hiding in plain sight somewhere that took some sort of effort to get to and away from anyone else who might be doing the same thing .
Roof tops are cool when you find the right one in the right place though.
 

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Generally I find all the patches of wood, bushes or tall grass and sleep there. My camo blankets and gear make it very easy to remain unseen.

Or I just try to find NOT to sleep. Find the farthest spot away from social security offices, liquor stores and food banks and you should be far enough away from the home bums.
 

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Ya rooftops are great in good weather. I also like construction sites and anywhere that doesn't have alot of foot traffic.
I climb over fences and walls sometimes just to be out of reach from passing homebums. Bridges are nice but it depends on the bridge.
 

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- Rooftops, rooftops, rooftops.
- And sometimes, if roof not possible, fire-escapes (borrow some extra cardboard from a recycling dumpster to cover the uncomfortableness)
- Top of Hotel Stairwell (by roof maintenance door) (perfect for winter / inclement weather (will require you blending in enough to get through parking garage / by front desk without drawing attention)
- University (college) campuses (especially on the periphery, or even right in the middle of campus in a thicket of bushes) (top of stairwell also applies, here)
- If outside of downtown or in smaller town, church parking lots along fence/tree-lines
- Under an overpass on the outside of town / near the highway (good for early hitching, too)
- Business district, on warm exhaust grates (not ideal because cops and home-bums will likely accost you)
- Depending on the neighborhood, edge of rich people's back-yards (assuming no doggos or lighting / alarm systems) or golf courses in the trees
- If in Asia, 24 hour bath-houses or all-night KTV (karaoke) joints
 
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Obviously it's best to be housed up, but where else do y'all prefer if that's not possible? I'm partial to rooftops since I can climb better than most people and no one will fuck with me or find me there. Otherwise, a little bit out in the woods or anywhere off the side of the road is usually a good spot. To memory, I haven't ever been bothered while stealth camping. Under a loading dock overpass on a lonely moonlit night has been good as well. Mostly, I don't want to deal with other people.

If you're out in the fields of the Midwest, though, where do y'all camp?
Honestly? Behind Walmart if you're in the midwest. NOBODY fucks with you there. 24 hour bathroom, cheap food for sale (canned shit, deli meats, granola bars) and there's usually security. The absolute best one I found was the north end walmart in Cheyenne, Wyoming. If anyone goes looking for it, there's a sweet concrete pad to the left of the walmart, it's actually behind Sams Club next door. But it's behind a huge growth of trees and it's fucking sweet. Just grab some cardboard to lay down & you're good to go.

Behind other strip malls are good too, you can grab pallets and make a little fort. Home Depot/Lowes etc are good to squat in those little garden sheds they have for sale. Just make sure to be out suuuuper early, because the staff start on shift at 5am and they might notice you coming out of them.

Light industrial areas are always great on weekends, because most small businesses are only open Monday-Friday. If you find a quiet area you could theoretically camp on a loading dock Friday night-Monday morning. Uhaul is a good one too, camp out in the back of the trailers or trucks in the yard. Just be careful; One buddy of mine got caught in the back of the truck box. The worker found him in there, slammed the back rolling door shut, fire up the truck and then started doing crazy donuts to fuck him up in the back. Opened it up, grabbed him and tossed him to the ground. Kicked him a few times, spat on him and told him to get the fuck off the property and never come back. So watch your ass and make sure you get out before sunrise.
 

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I posted this in another thread, but you can sleep in the drivers lounges in truck stops. TA was my personal hotel chain on my first hitching trip.
 

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Preferably near two trees where I won't be bothered. That meant near nature trails or somewhere right outside of town. Once I posted up for the night underneath a bridge where the posts were just far enough away to set my hammock up, it was pretty solid spot but my pack was pretty exposed and that left me a bit paranoid. When the weather was bad I was working. If I didn't have a hammock, there were no trees, or I was too tired to look. I would just rough-it-out somewhere in plain sight with my bindle and sleep with my head on the soft side of my pack.
 

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Preferably near two trees where I won't be bothered. That meant near nature trails or somewhere right outside of town. Once I posted up for the night underneath a bridge where the posts were just far enough away to set my hammock up, it was pretty solid spot but my pack was pretty exposed and that left me a bit paranoid. When the weather was bad I was working. If I didn't have a hammock, there were no trees, or I was too tired to look. I would just rough-it-out somewhere in plain sight with my bindle and sleep with my head on the soft side of my pack.
Do you really use a bindle?
 

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Do you really use a bindle?
Yes, it normally consists of my sleeping bag, a small Winnie the Pooh blanket (featuring Pooh Bear, Tigger, and Piglet playing Icehocky), and a tarp all rolled up, sinched down to my pack. Bindles are great and leave me with more room in my pack.
 

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Yes, it normally consists of my sleeping bag, a small Winnie the Pooh blanket (featuring Pooh Bear, Tigger, and Piglet playing Icehocky), and a tarp all rolled up, sinched down to my pack. Bindles are great and leave me with more room in my pack.
Ok i was thinkin more of the bindle stick situation, and ive never seen anyone use that lol. I didn't know tying something to your pack was also considered a bindle..
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Ok i was thinkin more of the bindle stick situation, and ive never seen anyone use that lol. I didn't know tying something to your pack was also considered a bindle..
Whatever works for you!
Try catching up on some lingo. Speaking Train is a good resource it was composed by Brakeshoe. A Common day bindle is merely your bedroll. Not a bindle stick. lol.
 

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Try catching up on some lingo. Speaking Train is a good resource it was composed by Brakeshoe. A Common day bindle is merely your bedroll. Not a bindle stick. lol.
Ya i have Speaking of Trains and i still dont see the need to call my bedroll a bindle... tomato tomahto i guess?
 
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Not to keep on derailing this thread, but I bedroll my sleeping pad and sleeping bag in my bivy and strap onto the outside of the pack and I just call it my bedroll. Who cares what it's called , it keeps me warm n cozy n dry <3

I sleep by train yardz a lot obvi. Otherwise in trees by bike paths or walking trails, random patches of trees that don't have evidence of other recent bums. I usually try to get far away from the downtown of cities at night if possible. But yeah in smaller places, I just end up wherever under the stars! So easy to find quiet, chill places to camp in smaller towns. And in Australia, I sleep on the beach a lot.

In rain... on top of sheltered picnic tables in parks, in doorways of community center type buildings, overhangs behind late-opening industry or businesses (check google maps for hours lol), in abandoned rail cars, etc etc just get creative with whatevers around
 
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