What to Pack for a Bus Trip
A bus trip, whether several days or only a few hours long, is more daunting to pack for than an airplane trip. On an airplane, you can check as many bags as you want. On a bus trip, however, most buses suggest you limit your baggage to two suitcases per person, and you will not have access to these suitcases during the trip. Although there is a small overhead compartment, it will usually not accommodate more than a very small suitcase or carry-on bag. Be prepared so you are not uncomfortable during the bus trip by packing wisely.
Pack a Wrinkle-Free Suitcase
Whether you're going away for the weekend or for a month, you are going to need a suitcase to carry your clothing on the bus. On most buses, suitcases are placed in a compartment underneath the bus and can't be accessed until the bus has reached its destination. This means you should not pack anything in your suitcase that you will want to access during the bus trip. In order to keep your clothing wrinkle-free inside the suitcase, roll your clothing into cylindrical shapes and place it in clear plastic bags instead of folding the items. This way, when you reach your destination, you won't need to iron your clothes.
Pack a Compact Carry-On
A compact carry-on bag is the key to traveling in a bus comfortably. Pack a small travel pillow, earplugs in case you have a noisy or chatty neighbor, hand sanitizer in case there is none in the bathroom, high-protein snacks such as nuts and dried fruit in case the bus gets delayed, several bottles of water, Tylenol PM in case you have trouble sleeping, a good book and music, and a sweatshirt or sweater in case you get cold. If you are a contact lens wearer, bring eye drops or a contact lens kit in case your eyes get dry from the harsh air conditioning in the bus. If you are traveling with a child, bring lots of quiet toys to keep your child occupied, and tissues to clean up any spills or messes.
Easy Traveling Tips
Add a colorful ribbon to the bag so you can easily identify yours from the dozens of other similar-looking bags that may be in the compartment. Attach a small card on your suitcase with a string. On the card, write your name, e-mail address, home address and phone number clearly in order to prevent suitcase loss and so you can identify your suitcase more easily. In very rare cases, a bus will break down and not be able to transport its passengers to the final destination. Always carry a cell phone and extra cash with you in case of emergencies.
Megan Smith has been a freelance writer and editor since 2006. She writes about health, fitness, travel, beauty and grooming topics for various print and Internet publications. Smith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in writing from New York University.