Long bus rides are a lot of fun. Passing through small villages, spectacular views and the tea stops in middle-of-nowhere make them worthwhile. However, the excitement only remains if one is fully prepared for them. A long bus journey can be a little challenging if travelling unprepared.
So after you are done booking bus tickets online, start packing. It is necessary to equip your small travel bag with all the things that will ensure a comfortable and hassle-free journey. Mostly, when travelling on a bus, all of your luggage is kept in the bus storage. It is best to keep a small handbag with yourself and fill it will all the relevant things.
We bring you a list of essentials that you should definitely carry with you on a long bus journey.
A thin blanket
Most of the AC buses can get really cold. Thus, it is advisable to carry a thin blanket or a shawl to keep yourself warm and cozy. If you are someone who feels cold easily, it is better to wear a few layers to be comfortable on the bus journey. Make sure you are wearing comfortable clothes. Wear socks, full sleeves t-shirts and keep a thin blanket or a light jacket, and you will be all set for the journey.
Keep a few of your favourite snacks handly during the bus journey. Although, bus drivers do stop for fuel that is generally unpredictable or only for a short duration. Plus, you can feel hungry at any hour and don’t want to sit through the entire journey feeling hungry. While packing, make sure you’re carrying lightweight snacks because you don’t want your handbag to get too heavy.
A hygiene kit
Hand sanitizer, tissue paper, mosquito repellent, sanitary napkins, wet wipes are all the things that comprise of a hygiene kit. These will help you stay healthy by disinfecting your hands before and after eating, clean the areas around you, your seat and more. You don’t want to go hunting for a toilet paper in the middle of a long bus journey.
Long bus journeys can get a bit boring leaving you restless. Thus, to keep yourself busy, it is a good idea to carry a book, download a few apps on your phone(games, streaming apps, podcasts or anything you like), or simply carry headphones in case you want to listen to music. Whatever entertains you, pack it with you, to avoid getting bored.
A water bottle is a must on any journey. Long bus rides can be tiring and dehydrating, and the bus might not stop when you feel thirsty. Thus, carry a reusable water bottle and fill it whenever you get a chance. It is very important to stay hydrated on a long journey, and hence, having a water bottle is a must.
On a long bus journey, you will use your phone a lot and would like to stay connected with family and friends. So, carrying a charged power bank becomes essential to ensure there is always an extra battery if need be. Some buses may have charging points, but not all buses have them, or they might not always be working.
Earplugs and eye masks
It is extremely difficult to fall asleep on a bus! If you have done an online bus booking of an overnight journey, and are a light sleeper, carry earplugs and an eye mask as both of these will help in cutting the noise or light and getting sound sleep.
Seats on a bus can be slightly uncomfortable for long journeys. If you plan to sleep, do carry a travel pillow as it keeps your neck straight, and prevents stiffness. A travel pillow will make your sleep comfortable by fully supporting your head, and make your travelling experience smooth.
A compact first aid kit
Carry a few bandages, ointments, and basic medicines for headache, fatigue, stomach ache, etc. in case of an emergency. On a long bus journey, keeping a basic first aid kit is a must because the bus has its set stops that may or may not have a pharmacy.
Keep some cash handy
It is always a good idea to keep some cash while travelling on a bus. In remote areas of India, credit/debit cards still don’t work. So for a quick snack treat, tea or coffee, and other basic stuff, it is essential to have some cash handy.
Whether you are going on a short trip or a long bus journey, packing well is key in making your travel smooth. Thus, we have compiled a list of essentials to pack for your long bus trip. So, as soon as you are done booking your bus tickets online, pack your bags and keep the above points in mind. Thank us later!