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August 15, 2019

End the Bus Nightmare: How to Stay Safe During Overnight Rides

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Overnight bus rides can be a great way to get to your destination quickly without “wasting” a lot of time. Many people choose them so that they can sleep on the way to their vacation spot and arrive fully rested and ready to go.

However, riding the bus at night can sometimes be a scary situation. You’re surrounded by strangers and you may feel like the ride could be unsafe. 

How do you stay safe and make the most of your trip? Here are some ideas.

Get to the Station Early to Claim Your Seat
Being one of the first to board helps you get the seat you want. You can sit near the driver if you’re concerned about your safety, or you can choose a spot near the middle of the bus if you plan to sleep.

Either way, getting to the bus station early helps you get the seat you want, rather than being stuck next to the bathroom. Of course, if you have a ticket with an assigned seat number, you won’t need to worry about arriving early to get a good seat. In addition, it is best to choose a qualified charter bus in Toronto that has a history of service and safety.

Protect Your Valuables
On a late night bus, especially if you’ll be sleeping, you need to make sure your valuables are secure. Don’t leave anything important in the baggage hold, because someone can rifle through your bag unnoticed at a rest stop. 

Also, make sure that any important belongings you have with you in your seat are out of sight, especially if you’re sleeping. Keep your bags wrapped around your arm or leg so that no one can snatch it without waking you.

If you stop at a gas station or other rest area, be sure to take your phone, wallet, and other vital property with you when you exit the bus. It only takes a moment for someone to swipe something as they pass by your seat.


Stay Comfortable
To make the most of your overnight bus ride, be sure to be comfortable on the coach rental. Bring a sweater or scarf that can help you stay warm if the air conditioning is too cold for your liking. If you’re wearing shorts, bring jeans in your onboard bag so you can change if necessary. 

You can also bring a small pillow to make it easier to sleep or even just doze. Pack earplugs as well – they’ll come in handy if the onboard music is bothering you or your seatmate decides to watch a movie. They’ll also help drown out other passengers talking or the sounds of the road. 

Have Entertainment and Snacks
It’s possible you’ll struggle to sleep on your trip, because bus rides can be bumpy and you may struggle to get comfortable. In that case, you’ll want something else to help you pass the time.

Fortunately, you can pack a ton of entertainment in a small space by bringing a cell phone or tablet. Most long-haul buses have wi-fi, so you can access a world of fun on a single device. From movies to music to games and books, it’s all at your fingertips. Don’t forget a charger and headphones!

You’ll also want something to eat and drink. A bottle of water and some trail mix does the trick, but you might also plan to pack a lunch to eat if you get hungry for a full meal. The bus will likely stop along the way, but the food options may be expensive or not to your liking.

Stay Safe and Comfortable on Overnight Rides
Being alert and keeping your valuables close will help you stay safe, as will sitting near the bus driver. Much of the time, however, you can relax on your overnight trip and even catch some sleep. Many of your fellow passengers will be doing the same.

Have a great trip!



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