Hardly a fortune in equipment there, and if it's serviced properly it's as reliable as anything else. If you loose it, some shop wherever you happen to be will have another one, probably cheap.
Forget a meter. Use this: http://www.fredparker.com/ultexp1.htm
Just protect your exposed film. That's the valuable thing anyway.
Now, if you aren't hitchhiking, then you can take more equipment, and you can also be a lot more versatile. But for a hitchhiking trip, treat it like a hitchhiking trip.