This is more of conjure than Vodou or Voodoo. Alternatives is to work by the clock, when the hands are going up, do this work. Really it doesn't have to be done before sunrise when working by the sun. When the sun is rising, works to bring, and when the sun is setting, works to remove.
Salt and pepper in the shoes also protects you from any spells and negativity. These works would be wonderful in join with prayer for protection. I suggest the first two lines in Psalm 7. For the shoes, I'd take those lines, burn them to ash, and add them to the salt and pepper, mixing it while saying the Lord's Prayer.