Tips for surviving for long journeys on the bus

For beginners it might seem that the bus is the ideal transport. You move to the right place, admire the views from the window, and if you want, you can even take a nap - well, just a fairy tale! But in fact, a long journey by bus can be more difficult and tedious than the conquest of a mountain peak. We will tell you how to prepare for the trip so that only pleasant memories are left of it.

Long bus transfers, and we in this article mean exactly them, have some nuances, neglect which leads to very negative consequences. Unhappy travelers arrive at the place tired, sleepy, with stiff legs and twisted necks. They remember the night in the bus as the worst dream and swear never to use this mode of transport again. And absolutely in vain, because to ensure their comfort and safety on the trip is not difficult.


1. Rate the route

Try in any way to find out about the route that you have to go. If, throughout its length, at regular intervals, buses fly into the abyss, robberies or other accidents occur, then it may be necessary to change the route to a safer one, or at least choose a day flight.

2. Choose first class

In many countries, several transport companies operate on the same route, the prices of which may vary significantly. What is the savings? Maybe due to bald tires, lack of air conditioning and the presence of only one driver who will drive you all night without a change? Or maybe your bus will stop in every village and pick everyone up, so that some people will be constantly pushed around? In any case, you need to think about whether it is worth saving a few dollars of your peace of mind and security.

3. Luggage

Before boarding the bus, put all your valuables in a small bag or backpack and do not part with it for a minute. Take it with you at bus stops. When moving, it is better to keep it on your lap or, if it interferes, put it on the floor and step on the belt. In this case, nothing will happen to her even during your sleep.

4. At the bus stop

If you want to go out and warm up, be sure to check with the driver for the stop. Remember the number of the bus and the place where it is located. It is better not to depart too far from the bus station or stop, if you do not aspire to get acquainted with the criminal life of this settlement, which in such places, as a rule, is particularly busy.


1. The choice of location

Not all seats on the bus are the same. From the point of view of safety, it is always better to choose the seats in the middle section, as according to statistics of insurance companies, most of the troubles occur in a frontal collision or rear impact.

From the point of view of comfort factors that should be considered, much more.

  • Near the window or passage?Many choose a place near the window for the sake of beautiful landscapes. In addition, the surface of the window gives you the opportunity to bow your head and sleep. However, at night, all the same, no beauty is visible, and the curved neck begins to bleed after half an hour, so that all the advantages of a window seat may turn out to be insignificant. But near the aisle you will have more space and even be able to stretch your legs.
  • Front or back?Remember that in the rear seats you can not fold back and there is more shaking. If you are located in front, you will have to squint all the way from the headlights of oncoming cars and contemplate all the bends of the roadway. Also fun for an amateur.
  • Near a man or a woman?If there is no numbering of seats in the bus and you can choose where to sit, then first of all, evaluate the overall adequacy of the companion, and then its size. Sit all night next to the body spreading half to one and a half can only be wished to the enemy. And the floor - this is a matter of taste.

2. Light and sound insulation

The first time you go by bus, you look at all these people who took earplugs and a sleep mask with surprise: “There you are, sissies!” But then you quickly begin to envy and reproach yourself for hindsight. Do not repeat this error. Sleeping in a bus at night is difficult, and without these penny devices, it is practically impossible at all.

3. Blanket and pillow

Yes, of course, we are not talking about those familiar objects that we use at home. As a pillow, it is better to take a special inflatable bagel that keeps the head and neck in an optimal position. This is a brilliant invention of mankind, with which your crumpled jacket or bag can never be compared.

As for the blanket, you should take a light blanket or a long jacket that you can throw on yourself. Sometimes the temperature difference on the way can reach several tens of degrees (especially if the bus passes through mountainous areas), so if you do not want to shake half the night from the cold, then this fact should be taken into account.

4. Drinking and toilet

What kind of comfort in the trip can be discussed if you want to drink? Even more painful moments come when you understand that you want to go to the toilet, and go to the nearest stop and go. It is very easy to combat these two kinds of discomfort.

  • First: always take a bottle of water with you to the bus. Even if it should be there, still take it.
  • And the second: at each stop think about visiting the toilet. Do not pay attention to your laziness and all these "do not seem to be like" and "while it is tolerable." At the same time and razomnnetes.

What to take with you

Traveling in a bus is not a space flight, but you need to prepare for it no less carefully. While driving, you will be sealed in a fairly small space of your seat, so you should take care to ensure that everything you need is at your fingertips. Here is a small list that you can navigate.

  1. A small handbag or purse with the most valuable things. Documents, money, tickets, cards, smartphone and so on.
  2. Backpack or bag with things that you might need.
  3. Items for sleeping: earplugs, light-shielding mask, blanket or jacket, inflatable pillow.
  4. Entertainment: smartphone, book, player, tablet.
  5. Medical supplies that may be useful to you when you are rocking, poisoning, or which are prescribed to you by a doctor.
  6. Water and, if necessary, a small snack: nuts, energy bars, candy.
  7. Toilet paper!

If you can add to this list or share your survival experience during long bus journeys, you can do so in the comments.

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