How To Stay Comfy When Traveling By Bus

You’re getting ready for a long trip of traveling by bus, but you remember how incredibly uncomfortable you were the last time you rode a bus for hours. Motorcoaches are one of the most eco-friendly ways to travel, as they emit the least carbon dioxide per passenger mile when compared to other forms of transportation. However, you tend to forget that environmentally-conscious fact when your limbs start falling asleep and your brain cannot. The next time you’re traveling by bus, be sure to bring these five things for optimal comfort.

  1. Neck Pillow: A classic travel device, neck pillows provide much-needed support for your drooping head as you doze off. You want a neck pillow that comfortably wraps around your neck and has the right amount of pillow for where your head naturally rests. There are inflatable neck pillows on the market, allowing for more unique head comfort as the air adjusts to where your head sits on the pillow.
  2. Snack Packs: A huge factor of travel discomfort is hunger. You don’t want to be stuck on a bus for hours with nothing to munch on when your stomach is growling incessantly. Make a simple sandwich before you leave and pack it in Tupperware so it isn’t squished in the packing. Bring easy snacks, such as pretzels, crackers, and granola bars. Avoid fruits like apples and bananas, as you’ll be stuck with a core or peel once you’ve finished snacking.
  3. Inflatable Seat Cushion: If you often face lower back or tailbone pain when you have to sit in hard seats for long periods of time, bring an inflatable cushion with you. There are ones out there that require just a twist of a valve and then inflate themselves. When deflated, they fold easily into the pockets of your luggage.
  4. Ear Plugs: When you intend to sleep almost the entire time you’re traveling by bus, you’ll need earplugs to block out the noise. You never know if the other passengers will be as inclined to doze off as you and earplugs guarantee that you won’t have to deal with their clamor. If earplugs don’t work for you, invest in noise-canceling headphones and sleep in comfort.
  5. Fuzzy Blanket: Charter buses inevitably blast the air conditioning, even if you request the driver to turn it down. It’s hard to get comfortable when you’re freezing, so offset this problem by bringing your own blanket. Avoid bringing your favorite blanket to snuggle up with at home in case it gets lost in the traveling shuffle.

Use these tips the next time you hop on a bus, and you’ll feel like you’re traveling in luxury and call Cardinal Buses today!