We all know that Bus trips are not the highlight of any trip. Whether a short commute or a long-haul trip around the East African region, there are preparations you can take to ensure a smoother and more comfortable journey.
Here are my top things to do before a bus trip!
– – Dress Well – –
Choose your travel clothes based on comfort and destination. Bus temperatures can be a bit chilly, so dress in loose layers and keep a simple jacket or sarong in your carry-on bag. Opt out of belts, hats, or excessive jewelry(for ladies)—these can slow you down when you’re passing through bus corridors and often make you uncomfortable.
Choose baggy, comfy clothing so you can relax easily on your trip—imagine being crammed in a bus cabin(yes, buses have cabins) for six hours in tight jeans!
If you’re arrival is in a destination with a different climate, have a change of clothes ready. For instance, a bus trip from Kampala to Kigali can be exuviating since Kigali’s climate is rather chilly as compared to Kampala. If you’re headed to the beaches of Mombasa, carry sandals and shorts so you can change on arrival.
– – Pack Hygiene Products – –
There’s something magical about toothpaste and a wet washcloth—they can brighten your day. Pack a small zipper storage bag with the essentials: toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, hairbrush, and facial wipes. Mind you, a cool breathe in the mouth could get a favorable conversation with your seatmate. Smiles!
Using these during or after a bus trip can perk you up and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to face your new settings.
– –Avoid Drinking Liquids – –
Avoid drinking lots of water before and during your bus trip. Buses in East Africa tend not to stop just like that. As a matter of fact, most stop only at major stop overs, which in this case are major towns. It will truly be uncortable getting an urge for a short call, yet the next bus stop is 2 hours away.
– – Avoid the Bar – –
Yes, alcohol during the trip can be tempting—especially if you’re traveling with your mates—but on a bus trip, it’s better to minimize your consumption. Alcohol dehydrates you and makes you more susceptible to illness.
Try to remain sober for the rest of the journey—it helps you stay hydrated and soothes nerves.
– – Pack Snacks – –
No matter how short your trip is, chances are you’ll get hungry. Pack some easy snacks—trail mix, nuts, raisins, chocolate.
– –Read about your Bus before booking it– –
What other way, could you ever learn about the bus you are about to book, rather than getting to know more from customers that have already used it. At Travel East Africa, passengers are able to give reviews of the buses they have booked and travelled with, just inorder to help people like you to make an informed decision.
Once you are sure about which bus you wanna use, just proceed to UGABUS and make your booking. UGABUS provides a convenient way to book any bus online. UGABUS has a network of agents in Kampala, to guide you on your next travel.