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These 8 tips for a long distance bus ride will make your travel more pleasant, more relaxing and more comfortable.
Riding a bus long distance can be much more affordable than taking a plane, but it’s not always the most comfortable. Be that as it may, there are plenty of things you can do to make your long bus ride more pleasant and comfortable. Here are eight essential tips you should follow when you’re preparing for a long distance bus ride.
Bring a comfortable neck pillow
A good neck pillow can mean the difference between comfort and a stiff neck. That’s a kind of soreness that will make a long bus ride incredibly unpleasant. Make sure you bring a comfortable neck pillow, and test it out beforehand so that you know it will help make you more comfortable during the trip.
Wear layers and bring a decent blanket
Modern busses seem cooler than old school busses did thanks to climate control. If you’re prone to feeling chilly you’ll want to wear layers that can be added on or taken off if necessary. You should also bring a light blanket to keep you warm.
Pack an eye mask and noise canceling headphones or earplugs
A bus ride can offer some great sights, that’s for sure. But, there may be periods of time where the road scenery is less than enticing, or that you want to get some rest. Distracting lights or unpleasant sounds can be dealt with easily with a good eye mask and some earplugs or noise canceling headphones. These two items will make getting some rest easier.
Pack a toiletries bag
No one wants to “freshen up” using the soap on a bus or a rest stop bathroom, so make sure you bring along a toiletries bag on the bus. Your bag should have a miniature cleansing soap, some antibacterial hand wash, cleansing wipes, a disposable tooth brush and a little mouthwash in order to help you feel fresh even after you’ve spent many hours on the road.
Try to choose a seat towards the middle or front of the bus
You might think that a “seat is a seat” on the bus, but the seats towards the back of the bus tend to be the bumpiest. Seats towards the back are also closest to the bathrooms, so you may find yourself dealing with some unpleasant odors and constant disruptions. The best seats are towards the middle or near the front, where there are less bumps—and no bathroom.
Bring an extra phone charger
While most modern buses will have some type of plugs available for charging your phone, you don’t want to be stuck with no battery in the middle of a long distance trip. Pack at least one extra phone charger that can tide you over until you get to your destination.
Pack some non-electronic entertainment
Non-electronic entertainment won’t drain your phone battery, so make sure you pack something you can do that doesn’t involve your phone, such as a book, puzzle magazine or journal.
Get up to stretch when you can
Finally, make sure you regularly stretch during the bus ride. This can prevent everything from sore muscles to more serious concerns like blood clots.
Before you head out for your long distance bus ride, make sure you keep the above tips in mind to help you be as comfortable as possible.