High costs, long waits and the highly invasive airline security checks are just some of the reasons why people are choosing to travel by bus over long distances. Choosing the bus over airline travel is made even more attractive by the comfortable modern buses available. When planning the trip, you have to consider several factors including selecting the best bus company. It is also important to note that just like with airlines, the bus companies have rules when it comes to the luggage you can carry and you need to check with the service provider and get the relevant information.


1. Luggage size

Many bus companies have limits when it comes to the luggage size. It is important to find out the measurements before you start packing. Measure your large suitcase to ensure that it meets the specifications of length, width and height. If your luggage is larger than recommended, you are likely to be charged an additional fee. Having a size limit helps to ensure that there is adequate space for all the passengers in the baggage compartment while also ensuring that the bus weight limit is not exceeded.

2. Carry-on bag

You should carry a smaller bag into the bus with you. In this bag, you can pack basic security and comfort items. You can also include any electronic equipment such as a laptop, video games or DVD players. You should also put your valuables such as cameras, jewelry and cash, in this carry-on bag. If you can fit a small blanket and pillow, they can keep you comfortable on your journey when you want to take naps. The bus companies usually have a weight limit for the carry-on bags.

3. Food cooler

Having food and bottled water on the trip can keep the hunger pangs at bay. A soft-sided cooler can come in handy and you can fill it with fruit, sandwiches, water and other snacks. Unless you booked an express trip, you are likely to have food stopovers along the way but it helps to have some food on hand to eat while you are on the road. Carrying our own food can also help you when you do not want to depend on the quality of food available at the different stop locations. While most companies allow non- alcoholic beverages, there may be some restrictions on the use of glass bottles.

4. Packing smart

When packing for your trip, use the large suitcase for items that you will not need until you get to your destination. The last thing you need is to realize that you need items that you packed in the large suitcase. Weigh your luggage before you get to the bus station so that you know what to expect and avoid huge additional costs. Use zip- lock bags and containers to pack spillable items to avoid accidents from spillage if the suitcase moves around during transit.

Start preparing early for your trip so that you can avoid making mistakes. Having a checklist will help you to ensure that you have everything you need for the trip. Make sure that you contact the bus company before the date of departure to find out all the recommendations.