What to Pack for a Long Bus Ride

There are two types of people: the ones who just want to get to their destination as fast as possible, and the ones who get the most out of the journey itself. Granted, there are a lot of differences between traveling by plane, car or bus, but if there is one thing that they all have in common – it’s the long hours. For many people, a couple of hours on the bus is considered normal, but what about the trips abroad, or across the country, that can take up to several days? Here’s what you should bring:

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Comfortable clothes

Traveling by bus can often be uncomfortable, especially if the seat next to you is taken and you don’t have enough space to lie down, recline your seat, or maneuver at all. Make it a bit more comfortable by wearing clothes that you feel good in. Put on a lot of layers, so that you can take some off if you get too warm. Pack your bag well! Make sure you have an extra change of clothes, just in case you spill something on yourself, because you definitely don’t want to be sitting for hours in a wet t-shirt. If you need to look a certain way when you get to your destination, bring a spare change of clothes, and change in the bus toilet when you are about half an hour away from your destination, or change as soon as you arrive.

Food and drinks


Consider that bus your home for the duration of your trip. It’s very important to take care of your health – and that means enough sleep and healthy eating. When traveling, it’s all too easy to just snack all the time, eat bus stop fast food or simply not eat at all. Prevent that by making your food and bringing it with you. Make sure that the food is convenient to eat – sandwiches, trail mixes and other mess-free foods are the best option. As for drinks, try to rely on water, since sugary drinks won’t actually quench your thirst. Add a few slices of lemon juice, or a few frozen berries into your water bottle if you prefer a more interesting flavor. To prevent yourself from snacking non-stop, have some chewing gum or a lollipop with you.



Let’s be honest, the main reason why people don’t like traveling for a long time is that it is boring. So, if the bus doesn’t provide on-board entertainment, you need to bring some along. The first thing on your trip preparation list should be to buy a pair of high-quality headphones. Download plenty of music, podcasts or shows onto your phone or tablet, and bring along a portable charger to make sure you don’t run out of battery. If you are with friends, you can always talk, play games and keep each other company, but if you are on your own, then use the time wisely. Get as much sleep as you can, so you’re well rested when you arrive, and even try to get some work done by reading, writing or studying. If all else fails, you can always start talking to the person next to you – they’re probably just as bored as you are and will welcome the company.

Make sure you have all of your travel documents safely stored in your bag. Keep your bag close to you, or ask someone to keep an eye on it if you have to leave for a short time. Try to enjoy the ride and get comfortable – you’ll be there for a while.


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