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If you’ve spent the last year following me on Instagram, you have noticed I’ve taken several trips. Quite a few of those trips involved Megabus. I think I have come up with a Megabus essentials list to make your trip a little easier if you decide this is the travel option for you.
I like to travel with my cute little bags, but for a Megabus trip that is not practical. You’re allowed one checked bag and one carry-on item; I normally get away with a carry-on and personal item, due to my small frame not taking up much space. But I recommend a nice sized backpack to hold your essential items. Everything on this list fits into my Herschel backpack, as well as my laptop, change of clothes, and hygiene products.
Some may tell you to forego this if your trip is under 2 hours, but I am not one of those people. There I have been times I have taken Mega Bus in middle of winter, and there was no heat. There have also been times when I took it during the summer, and it started off with a nice cool temperature, but a new driver put the AC on blast. So be sure to come prepared with a blanket and pillow so maximise your riding experience. If you just so happen to be in the petite crew, there is more than enough room for you to stretch out and nap.
In my experience, all the buses I’ve been on had outlets, but you might have to share with a rowmate. If you decide to bring a Kindle or some other electronic device that is not your phone, I am saying bring a portable charger to power that device while you use the outlet for your phone. Plus, some of these stops don’t have a physical location, the portable charged can be a good backup if your phone is dying while you’re waiting on your Uber.
It is rare for me to travel without a water bottle. I recommend a filtered bottle because the few stops you might get are at designated Megabus bus stops and truck stops where you’ll likely encounter tap water. You’ll save money and stay hydrated with all the recycled air on the bus.
Whether I’m on a plane, train, or bus the first thing I do after getting situated is take off my shoes and slip on my fuzzy socks. I also pack a pair in my carry on bag and have them right at the top. If it’s summertime and I’m rocking sandals, it ensures my feet won’t be exposed to the germy air. During the cooler seasons, it keeps them nice and cosy.
Similar to a plane ride, you’re in tighter quarters with a lot of noisy people. Unlike a plane ride, people are allowed to talk on their phones. On my trips, I have heard the craziest stories while other passengers slipped their love lives to dear friends and 50 other riders. I’ll never forget the man on a trip to Atlanta, Facetiming his daughter and telling her she was ashy and better not leave the house without using some lotion. The best way to avoid being an eavesdropper, headphones. Anything from small earbuds to oversized headphones will do the trick. Whatever you do, don’t leave them at all.
Depending on where you pick up stop is located, the bus may not may any food stops during your journey. If you are one of the lucky people, who gets a food stop, who’s to say you’re going to like what’s there. One time we stopped at McDonald’s, and all I ordered was fries, but God bless the snacks in my bag. I’ve packed everything from an apple butter and almond butter sandwich to bringing an entire plate of leftovers. Ha! I suggest packing fruit, sandwiches, chips, granola, and nuts; all of which won’t take up much space in your book and should be filling.
Until Next Time,
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