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Hey, this winter will be my first winter-trip, including crossing the cold Alps and going into the Balkans. Guess some essential things are logical (gloves, scarf, a lot of warm clothes, etc), but are there any other important/useful things one can carry with while hitchhiking several days through the cold? Would be nice if some of you could add it to Winter hitchhiking ;) --Platschi 17:07, 15 December 2008 (UTC)

Well, I added some info. Plus, I think, it is good to eat and drink warm stuff regularly, to keep yourself warm from inside your body. And in Russia they drink alcohol 20+ degree to keep blood circulating more rapid. ;) --Sigurdas 08:36, 21 December 2008 (UTC)

How do you deal with shoes? I couldn't come up with an easy, light and cheap solution. I bought now some new ones in Istanbul as my old ones are finished anyway and they have been quite cheap here, but that's somehow not ideal, but I do not want to carry and wear boots in the hot either. What is the Russian hitchhiking gear solution?

Any trekking shoes with extra layer? Insulate material? Just leather is not enough, as I experienced in Scandinavian winters with my old Swedish army shoes...). I am not sure there are light universal shoes both for winter and summer hiking. But even in summer time I usually take trekking (warmer, if needed) shoes + fliplops or any sandals (they don't take much space although trekking shoes do). --Sigurdas 08:36, 21 December 2008 (UTC)