2) How To Prepare For Running Away
Step 1) Amass a significant amount of money: If you are serious about running away and doing so for a prolonged period of time, you are going to need some money. Save your allowance, work, or sell your things. Do whatever you can do to gather as much money as possible. Though you can theoretically leave without any money, a good amount to get started with is 1000$.
Step 2) Practice Running Away: Running away entails doing things such as eating from dumpsters and sleeping on the street. Therefore, in order to be better acclimated when you actually do runaway, you should practice dumpster diving at your local supermarket and try sleeping out in the woods for a few nights.
Step 3) Prepare A Note: Writing a note is important for two reasons. The first is as a courtesy for your family. This way they will know that you have runaway and won’t be worried that you have been kidnapped or murdered. The second reason is, and this is important if you don’t wish to be caught, to inform the police. Most states do not consider runaways under 18 to be illegal, and even in states that do, they will not actively search for you. On the other hand, if they believe you have gone missing, they will try to find you. Remember, you can always try to convince you’re parents to let you run away and travel.
Step 4) Pack your bag: There are a few essential items that are a must for any runaway. A strong waterproof backpack, a warm sleeping bag, a flashlight, a compass, and layered clothing. Additionally, canned food, granola bars, a battery operated radio, a space blanket, a pocketknife and a tarp are ideal gear if you can get a hold of them. Be sure to check out Runaway Travel Gear for more detailed info on packing and what to bring.