How To Prepare For Long Bus Journeys

As is inevitable¬†with travelling you’re probably going to find yourself¬†burdened with a long bus journey to get from location to location. Initially many hours on a bus seems very daunting, but it doesn’t have to be if you prepare correctly. A lot of my journeys are done by bus, one time even getting the bus from Aberdeen to London which was around 12 hours this is because buses are often the cheaper option so when travelling on a budget can be the best option.

Below I share my top tips for getting prepared for any long bus journeys you might be taking.


Stock Up On Snacks And Water

Stock up on sandwiches, crisps etc. because you will get hungry and there will be minimal stops between your destinations. The same goes for juices and water. You don’t want to be half way through your journey with a rumbling stomach to realise there are no more stops to get food.

Buy A Book

Even if you’re not a big reader normally a book is a great way to pass the time. Not only does it keep your mind occupied, but it can also make the journey seem shorter and more bearable. Additionally you can buy a few magazines to work your way through as well. It’s better to feel productive than waste a journey.

Bring Ear Plugs

Even if you’re travelling during the day you may feel a dose of sleepiness hit you. Generally you will come across noisy people on buses, and if not that then just the noise of traffic can keep you up. Eliminate the distraction and buy some earplugs for an uninterrupted sleep.

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Get To The Station Early

Trust me on this one. If you arrive late you might not be able to get seats with anyone you’re travelling with, or you might be stuck next to the screaming baby. Arrive early to ensure you can get the seat you want for a (slightly) more comfortable journey.

Bring a Laptop (Or Equivalent)

This is especially for people who can work from their laptops or students who have essays to write. When better to be getting on with things than a long journey in a confined space? In addition to this, most coaches now offer wifi so if you’re a blogger (like me) I would also take your laptop along. If you do this, remember your charger as most of the time you are able to charge your devices whilst on board.

Wear Comfy Clothes

I know it can be tempting to wear fancy clothes for the start of your holiday, my advice is to get changed once you’ve gotten to your accommodation because you will be so uncomfortable travelling if your best clothes – especially on a bus. Wear comfy clothes, your trainers, baggy trousers, cozy hoody. Anything that makes you feel comfortable.

Author: Jodie Paterson

I'm Jodie Paterson, a 23 year old Edinburgh based blogger! Born and raised in Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire, I quickly grew a passion for writing, photography and many other creative ventures due to the beautiful Scottish landscapes that surrounded me, and I'm now 5 years in to my blogging journey and still absolutely loving it!

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