Traveling on a charter bus services can be a great way to see the sights without having to worry about driving and is a cost-effective means of transportation. To make for an even better experience, there are a few essentials you should carry on board the bus when you hit the road. Space is limited, and you don't want to waste valuable room when packing your carry-on bags; knowing what to take and what to leave at-home or in your checked baggage beneath the bus is key. Below are some hints for possessions that will provide you with a comfortable, enjoyable trip:
Prepare to get and stay warm
Buses are often chilly due to their powerful air conditioning systems that keep travellers from getting hot. As a result, carrying items that will help keep you warm is a necessity.
A blanket is a great way to keep warm, but due to space limitations in your bag, carrying a blanket may not be practical. Instead, consider packing a pair of thick wool socks that can be slipped on over your regular socks, and bringing along a sweater or light jacket can keep your upper body warm, too.
Gloves and a knit cap can also keep your hands and head warm, and don't be ashamed to wear them if you are uncomfortably cool. The best part is that the above items take up relatively little space and can be stuffed into a side pocket on your bag.
Prepare to handle illness or injury
On a bus trip, whether it is chartered or regularly scheduled, it is important to prepare for the unexpected. Illness or injury can occur at any time, and you want to be ready to handle small emergencies. An ordinary first aid kit can provide some of what you may need, but you should customize your kit to better match the bus environment. Here are some medical supplies to bring along:
Adhesive bandages - simple, stick-on bandages are effective at handling most small cuts and abrasions.
Travel sickness remedy - while you may not ordinarily be susceptible to travel sickness, keep in mind that the bus is a different environment than a car and might make you queasy.
Pain remedy - aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen are useful for not only treating headaches but other illness.
Saline nose spray -the dry, cool air on-board a bus can crack your nasal passages and cause discomfort or mild nose bleeds. Saline spray helps keep your nose moist and comfortable.
Analgesic cream - sore muscles can strike travelers who sit in bus seats for several hours, and analgesic creams can help alleviate this type of pain.
Prepare to keep yourself clean and fresh
While most charter or city-to-city buses contain bathroom facilities, they are often limited in scope to a toilet and handwashing sink. You can make your trip much more comfortable by bringing along both ordinary and a few special personal hygiene items:
Soap sheets - these consist of small, thin pieces of soap that appear as ordinary paper but dissolve and provide users with a measured amount of soaps for a short time. They make handwashing easy and can be kept in a small area in your carry-on baggage.
Disposable toothbrushes - these toothbrushes are excellent for use on a bus because they are designed for one use and then can be tossed. This helps eliminate the need to keep a damp toothbrush in your bag and prevents possible messes.
Rechargeable electric razor - since wet shaving with cream and razor is virtually impossible in a bus bathroom, carry a rechargeable electric razor to use.
Dry shampoo - dry shampoo is applied to hair but requires no water. It is simply brushed into hair and absorbs oil and removes dirt in a completely dry process. As with shaving, eliminating the use of water when taking care of hygiene needs is a huge benefit in a bus bathroom.