I was in a very similar situation this past January. >>>/wiz/177130
26. Dad borrowed a lot of money from me and then fucked off leaving me with the rent I couldn't afford. I took out a credit card and maxed it out buying subzero camping gear and then spent the next 2 months sleeping in the snow and some abandoned buildings. I also have no drivers license and had to throw everything in a storage locker. Sold my PC and some other valuables and was also collecting covidbux too so I didn't have to dumpster dive or anything. I'm also in Canada but the southest part so it was pretty mild, only reaching -30c twice or so.
>Cancel cellphone plan
Don't bother. If it's a major carrier they'll let it get several months unpaid before cutting you off. The worst they can do is send you phone calls on a new number registered with your SIN, which will eventually turn in to robocalls from a collection agency, then they'll give up after a few years. If you'll still be using your bank for transactions, you'll need a phone because they've all been on some 2-step authentication binge lately so you might need to verify a purchase by text even if it's made at a retail store.>Discard/sell unnecessary belongings
DONATE/sell. Salvation Army, Re-stores, and Value Village will send a tuck to claim anything you don't want. Just tell them you're moving or being deployed overseas or something.>Take out loans and max out credit purchasing food, shelter, shoes, warm/athletic clothing, hiking backpack
The same with the phone companies, they can't do anything to force you to pay them back so go nuts here. Just research every purchase. Having less than you need+some money is better then having an abundance of things you don't need+broke.>Carry 3.5-inch blade for opening packages of meat
Several. A small blade in your pants pocket, one in your bag, one on your belt. Never be without access to your blade.>Remain physically fit; shadowboxing, calisthenics, walking/running
Good mindset, just make sure you're not burning more calories than you're intaking. Get food and then reward yourself with a workout. If you're not accustomed to walking a lot, it will only take a couple days of walking a few KMs each until your feet stop hurting. If that's the case you should begin walking now. cheap slip-on spiked cleats were a godsend.>Shower/wash clothes at 24/7 gym
If it's any significant amount of money to do this, then consider just sponging off. It's hard to accumulate a bad smell in the winter and even so, learning not to care about it will put you at an advantage. It is important however that you have access to a dryer. A single slip on a mild day can leave you soaked, which could really be bad if your sleeping materials get wet. Try to always be within walking distance of a laundromat and keep enough cash for a heavy load.>Steal whatever I can get, or dumpster dive
sneaky wiz going CTK mode>just looking for solid, honest advice for surviving the streets
Avoid the streets. Dangerous people, nosey "good" people, law enforcement.. you won't find them off the beaten path, especially in winter. You can reap the benefits of civilization when up and at em', but when it's time to sleep, you should aim to place as much distance between you and urban life as possible. It makes sleeping a whole lot easier and frankly it's quite liberating being able to just relieve yourself without having to make a trip to some restaurant's bathroom. >Break in and lock myself in rooms with my own padlock if I need to sleep
I did this a lot, but with abandoned buildings so there was no breaking needed. Just avoid old carpets, breathing over a moldy one for even a few seconds can make your lungs spaz out. You shouldn't have to break in anywhere to sleep though, it's very possible to sleep in the snow with the right gear. The sleeping bag and sleeping pad I have are both rated for -30c, and with an athletic thermal underlayer, thick pants, wool socks, and two sweaters I slept like a baby in the open winter air. Gear up to sleep anywhere and you'll never have to worry about finding a place to crash. A bad sleep can have severe consequences.
Here's the bag and pad I havehttps://www.hotcoreproducts.com/products/sleeping-bags/fatboy-400/https://klymit.com/products/insulated-static-v-sleeping-pad
I also had a scout tent but just ended up laying it down as a tarp. Loose-fitting gloves and a pair of fluffy socks to wear to sleep helps. A jacket stuffed in to the sleeping bag's carrying bag can be used as a pillow. Just note such a sized bag doesn't pack down too tiny. A 70l hiking bag was just enough.>>185414
Consider how small meal rations are for fighting soldiers. It's all about calories. A Cliff bar, some raw beef, a powerade, and a cheap energy drink can keep even a fatass like me going all day. If your stomach feels empty, hydrate until you don't even want to think about eating. I'd get some less-fresh on sale stewing beef, granola, and sports drinks and then keep them in my sleeping bag to prevent them from freezing. A can of dollar store stew, with all its salt and preservatives, is great when you've been walking in the snow all day and it won't freeze easily. Cooking anything isn't necessary, but having a pot to boil water in if you come across some pork or chicken while dumpster diving will be a bonus. Don't meme yourself in to carrying a kettle, frying pan, little cups etc. A small titanium pot does all.>Perhaps staying in a shelter or a mental hospital wouldn't be too bad. If I feel unsafe or if I feel my belongings are at risk of being stolen, I'm under no obligation to stay.
Contact a shelter now to arrange for a room to sleep in if you're concerned about staying warm. There are typically waiting lists and even if you get in, it's not like subsidized housing or anything. All the shelters in south Ontario aren't really "shelters" but old hotels where they cram 3-4 hobos per room and they're on a reverse curfew so they have to be out on the streets for half the day. Many of these shelter services offer free meals, toiletries, and other necessities like socks and laundry services daily so getting registered with them let you bank in on that. Not sure what mental hospitals have to offer but I do know that like jailhouses they keep those who are at risk to others, those who are at risk to themselves, and those who pose no risk separate, so as long as you don't go in there claiming to be suicidal or r9k they won't bunk you with dudes who you'll need to defend yourself from. Also, if your province has any kind of welfare, apply for it while you still have an address. They'll give you money even if you're $40k in debt and won't even track what you spend it on. They might ask for a few months of bank statements but that's just to see if you're not transferring money overseas or to another bank. Christmas checks are given out early in some provinces.>I was planning on sneaking in a small razor blade just in case.
Cringe, don't believe those Hollywood shows about how hard and gangster prison life is. Nobody's going to shank you for looking at them wrong in the social anxiety ward of Breezy Acres Mental Retreat For The Vulnerable. Even if some deranged tard hits you during one of his fits, the apologetic medical system in this country will pay out the ass to keep you from suing them or something.>Not trying to LARP
Being able to LARP as some vagabond pioneer in a wasteland of braindead automatons is the best part of homelessness though
sorry if this post is disorganized