Travelling by bus can be a pleasant experience especially if you are visiting a place you have never been before. The occasional pit stops during the journey give you a chance to connect with the locals. You get to enjoy the scenery by your window as the bus whizzes past the country. However, bus trips can turn out to be daunting if you travel under prepared.
Some people prefer to travel light, but packing a few essentials is a way of ensuring you enjoy your trip. After all, most bus charter companies have invested in their buses. They have dedicated ample space for your luggage. Therefore all you need is to pack your essentials, place them in the storage compartments and sit back and enjoy your trip. Remember, under-packing is your worst enemy. Before you set out on any journey, here are a couple of things to consider;
Carry at least one bottle of water to make sure you stay hydrated throughout the trip. Take advantage of the pit stops to fill it up. If you are travelling with kids, pack a few juice boxes.
As much as we all enjoy nature and staring out the window during trips, an hour can be a long time to stare. If you love reading, carry a novel, a book, newspaper or a collection of magazines to keep you engaged. Avoid reading if you get motion sickness. For the music lovers, be sure to pack your music player.
Noise cancelling headphones
Noise cancelling headphones come in handy if the bus you are travelling in is too noisy. It will be impossible to watch your movie or listen to podcasts in the midst of loud chatter. If you are travelling in a group, some of your friends may prefer to listen to music and others catch a movie. Personalise your entertainment using your headphones and choose what to listen to.
Cables and chargers are a necessity if you are travelling with multiple devices. Bus charters come with an array of amenities such as plug-ins to charge phones, laptops and tablets. Pack electronic items separately to avoid situations where wires and cords tangle up with snacks and clothes. An extra-long charging cable always saves the situation when you are too far from the power outlet.
A neck pillow
Spending long hours on a bus can be tiring for your body. Consider carrying a travel pillow with you. It will provide the much-needed neck support and help you sleep better. Travel pillows come in various designs so choose one that suits your comfort needs.
You are bound to shake hands with a lot of people during your trip, use litter bins, and touch door handles and many more germ-prone spots. Pack hand sanitizers with at least 50 percent alcohol to protect yourself from germs. Sanitizers are not substitutes for water, so wash your hands with soap and water every chance you get.
Bus charter services often include planned stops for meals. Dry foods like nuts, dried fruit, potato chips and cookies are ideal travel snacks in between the main meals. You can also treat yourself to some candy bars!
As you prepare for your travel, keep in mind that the only thing predictable about the weather is its unpredictability. You should always be ready for anything. Pack warm clothing just in case it gets chilly along the way. With Singapore’s tropical weather, it is a good idea to bring along an umbrella as well!
With these eight tips, your travel can only get better. Incorporate them into your plans and travel like a pro. The most important thing is your peace of mind when on a trip. Put aside your worries and have the time of your life.