Our first piece of advise is to always BE POLITE! There are many fantastic people in this world, so remembering to say 'please' and 'thank-you' will never do any harm. Also be patient, the last thing someone needs is a bunch of pushy students asking for free travel when they have a queue of paying customers waiting.
Secondly, make yourself STAND OUT! Wearing a fancy dress costume, matching outfits or just some bright colours can really help you look approachable. Signs are also great for getting noticed, but be careful when choosing your outfit, for example something scary may put people off.
Thirdly, make sure you MEET PEOPLE. Popping into a local pub, grocery store or even a petrol station is a great way to meet local people and explain to them what you are doing. It is getting more unlikely that people pick up hitchhikers off the street so make that extra effort to talk to people who could potentially help you on your journey.
And finally... STAY SAFE! Your gut instinct is usually right so if you don't feel safe in what you are doing or who you are with, then don't do it. After all charity hitchhikes are meant to be fun and creative ways of fundraising for good causes.
And as our director says "it's not about the distance, it's about the journey"