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At Defalme, we wish for the safest trips ever…

 

TRAVEL SAFETY TIPS ON BUS…

 
 
Taking an overnight bus while traveling is often a great option. Not only can you cover a lot of ground without losing time, but you can also save money on a flight or hotel room. The journey itself, however, can be challenging—especially your first time.
 
But, don’t worry – Defalme has experts to take you though always…
 
Everybody would like to board a cheap bus to save more money, but sometimes it’s worth it to take the more expensive bus especially when issues of SAFETY are to be considered.
 
 
1. Make sure the route is safe & trusted
 
 
Check local travel advisories and be sure the bus route is not one where robberies and/or accidents are common at night.
If you see warnings about this, you might want to opt for a day bus.
 
 
2. Just book the first-class bus
 
 
Think long and hard before buying a ticket for the cheaper or cheapest overnight bus.
Does it look safe and decently maintained (eg, are tires bald)? Can you imagine being in one of the seats all night?
Will there be two drivers, taking turns—or just one for the entire night?
If you’re unsure and/or have a bad gut feeling, then it might be best to take more expensive, higher quality overnight bus.
 
 
3. Choose your seat carefully
 
 
Choose a seat in the middle of the bus.
There are several things to consider when picking your seat:
  • Window or Aisle? Some people feel they’ll sleep better near the window; it means more ways to create a makeshift pillow. Others (like me) prefer the aisle because there’s more space and a way to stretch out.
  • Near a man or woman?You should sit where you feel most comfortable. I tend to sit next to a woman or a teenager. The few times I’ve sat near a man (whether seats were pre-assigned or not), I had some unpleasant encounters. If you’re a male traveler, then the choice might be easier. My advice is to state your preference when you buy the ticket if seats are assigned in advance.
  • Front, back or middle?The further back you sit, the bumpier (and possibly weirder) the ride may be. Sit too close to the front and you might see things you don’t want to see—the road in front of you, that is, and the scary way in which the driver is taking the hairpin turns. Of course, if you like rollercoasters, then you might enjoy a seat up front.
 
Seats on a chicken bus…
Middle of Bus is the Safest Place.
According to safety experts, the middle is generally safer. If an accident occurred, the chance of serious injury would be minimized since most accidents involve head-on collisions or rear-ending.
For this reason, and those discussed above, I tend to sit in the middle.
 
 
4. Hide your money/other valuables in more than one place
 
 
This slash-proof waist pack makes it hard for thieves to get into. It’s not ideal to keep all of your money and credit cards together.
In the event of a robbery, the thief would get everything. Try to split up your valuables.
 
 
5. Pack as if you’re flying
 
You’ll probably have to stow your larger bag underneath the bus (if there’s no room for it above you).
If so, then make sure your day pack has what you need (eg, medication)—as if you’re going to be on a plane.
 
 
6. Pack an energy drink (to avoid needing to use the bathroom)
 
Buy an energy drink or another beverage that replenishes electrolytes. Or pack small packets of powder drinks to make your own.
This will hopefully keep your thirst quenched and your bladder, empty—meaning that you won’t have to use the bathroom as often.
That’s a good thing since there may or may not be one (if there is, it’ll probably be unpleasant) on the bus and those at rest stops may be atrocious.
 
 
7. BYOS (Bring Your Own Snacks)
 
 
Don’t let yourself get hungry on the road…
Most often, there will be a stop or two at roadside restaurants; in some cases, the food is quite good.
But there are no guarantees. I once ate at a low-quality place in Indonesia and got sick the next day.
If I’d had snacks, I might have skipped that meal. You should always have something (eg, nuts, fruit or an energy bar if possible) just in case.
 
 
8. Use noise-canceling headphones and entertain yourself
 
Night bus rides last from 6 to 12 or more hours.
During this time, you will encounter many unpleasant sounds: a loud TV, staticky music, someone snoring and/or other conversations. Use good headphones (noise-canceling would be best) to block those sounds and to listen to your own music.
If you want to read, be sure to have a reading light because chances are the overhead light won’t work.
Or else, SLEEP on the Night Bus.
 
 
9. Use earplugs plus an eye shades for the sun
 
 
Make it easy to block out light with a pair of sun shades.
When it’s time to sleep, you’ll want to drown out the noise. I recommend earplugs, which you can buy at an electronics store.
A pair of sun shades is also important. It helps block out light from inside the bus at night and in the morning, when the sun coming in through the windows can make you feel like a vampire.
 
 
10. Use a neck pillow
 
If you travel with a suitcase, then you might want to purchase a neck pillow.
If you’re a backpacker, you won’t want the extra bulk of a pillow in your bag, so you should consider getting a blow-up neck pillow.
It will make you feel more comfortable whether you’re reading or resting.
 
 
11. Take medicines if you need to (but nothing too strong)
 
 
It’s not always easy to sleep on the buses, so you might need some help.
Taking medication (check with your doctor first) could be a solution. I use a combination of antihistamine and Xanax.
You want to sleep, but you don’t want to be so knocked out that you can’t wake up and react quickly if you need to.
 
 
That’s it, Have a Safe Trip!!!