Packing List for Overnight Busses and Trains
- long tracksuit bottoms: to keep you warm and comfy
- extra pair of socks: I prefer woollen socks to put on top of my normal socks to keep me warm (because I take of my shoes on busses and trains)
- sweater: same as above –> to keep you warm
- scarf: to keep my throat covered and warm, because I tend to get sick on busses (when the a/c is too cold)
- fresh clothes: I always change clothes to feel fresher at the destination bus/train station
- fully charged phone
- fully charged iPod: I have all sorts of music on it, but when I travel I usually use calm, classic music to help me fall asleep. On my last trip I listened to audio books, because I cannot read when I’m on a bus, so this was the ideal solution!
- fully charged tablet: you can keep yourself entertained by music, books, movies and games
- fully charged battery pack
- book or fully charged kindle
- full bottle of water: to prevent dehydration and high prices when sold in the vehicle
- some healthy snacks: fruits and cereal bars are always in my bag when I travel, chewing gum might help too
- watch: in case your cell or/and iPod die you know when to get off. Plus when travelling through different time zones: put the time zone of your destination when you get on the bus or train, so you avoid getting confused and maybe nervous on when to get off or change.
- travel pillow: I got this great one in a bookstore. it has two different surfaces and also a pocket that converts it into a usuall pillow
- eye mask: to drift away without being disturbed by any light
- some pills: to calm you down and help you fall asleep
- small bag: to put all you valuable things in and something to tie it around the seat or your leg (to not get stolen too easy)
- toilet paper or tissues: many busses/trains and gas stations on your way don’t have tp, so I always pack some just in case
- guide-book of destination (or pdf)
- earplugs: if anyone snores you’ll not be bothered
- toothbrush and toothpaste: when you arrive in the morning after several hours on the road you might want to brush your teeth
- wet wipes: to refresh your face
I hope you can take some of my advice – it will definitely be handy at some point on your trip!
Keep on travelling!