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11 Must Have Travel Items
Next month my nieces and I will be traveling to Chicago to Stay & Play, and we are traveling by Megabus. I prefer flying, but I scored a great deal and got the tickets (total) for $7.50 round-trip.
I’ve done a few overnight bus trips myself and they were long, and boring. Not to mention, I’m very observant of my surroundings (military background), so I don’t get a lot of sleep. I usually take a few needed items, snacks, and my headphones on the bus with me.
But this time I’ll be traveling with two kids so I’m preparing slightly differently. I came up with a list of “Must Have” travel items to have on-hand while traveling on the bus.
Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable wipes are a ‘must have’ item because they are the perfect bathroom wipe. We will be on the bus for 10 hours, which means the kids will probably have to use the restroom a few times during the journey.
The Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths On-The-Go Soft Packs are alcohol-free for a safe clean, they are pre-moistened, and gentle, and they feature SafeFlush Technology. So, not only will the girls bums be cleaned, but the wipes also start to break down immediately after flushing.
I’ll also bring along two rolls of Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper because for one I don’t trust the toilet paper on the bus, and I have no idea what other people have done to it. Having my own tp gives me peace-of-mind, plus, the Cottonelle Clean Care Toilet Paper is strong and effective for a confident clean, its softness goes a long way, and it pairs well with Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths to get an ultimate clean.
2. Disinfectant Spray
Again, I don’t trust the people on the bus. We’ll use the spray to disinfect the knobs on the doors of the restrooms, the toilets, and use it as air freshener.
3. First Aid Kit
You always need a mini first aid kit on you, especially when traveling with kids. Somehow someone always seems to cut their finger, or get a wound by falling. I want to be prepared, just in case.
4. Cotton Swabs
Cotton swabs have all types of uses. I can use these to clean the girls ears, to apply my eye makeup and lipstick when we get off of the bus. I also use them to clean my camera lens.
Who knows if I’ll have a headache or one of the girls. They are old enough to take meds so I’m packing individual med packets just in case. I know one time I rode the bus from Kansas City, to Albany, GA and had the worse headache the entire way. I eventually purchased some medicine at a rest stop. I’m prepared this time.
I have a forehead reading thermometer to check the girls temperatures along the way. I want to have it on hand if one of the girls say they don’t feel well.
7. Hand Sanitizer
You can never have enough hand sanitizer. Since we’ll be on the bus we will be using a lot of this. I’ll also make sure the girls wash their hands at each rest stop. Oh, and it’s a must have if they have to use the restroom on the bus.
We’ll need lotion to keep our hands soft from all of the washing and hand sanitizer use. Plus, the Sea Cotton scent smells really clean and fresh so we’ll use it to freshen up before we get off of the bus.
9. Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
Always, always carry your toothbrush & toothpaste onto the bus. You don’t want to be greeting people with groggy morning breath. I plan for us to brush our teeth at the final rest stop, (it’s usually a gas station with a restaurant attached), and before we get off of the bus that next morning (or at the Union Station when we arrive).
10. Lip Balm
It’s a good idea to keep lip balm with at least spf 15 on you at all times to battle chapped lips. Since we’ll be on the bus overnight I’m sure our lips are going to need the moisture the next day.
11. External Charger
I plan on having my phone fully charged before boarding the bus. Some areas on the bus have outlets where I’ll be able to charge my phone, but if we end up sitting in an area where I’m not able to charge my phone, my external charger will give my phone life for hours. Hopefully the girls will fall asleep for most of the trip. I can only hope so.
A few other items I’m bringing onto the bus are headphones for each of us. Three throw blankets (one for each of us), the girls will have their tablets, and a few games, and I’ll have my music on my phone to listen to.
I’m also packing snacks, and water, and we’ll eat dinner before we leave. If the girls are hungry we’ll eat again at one of the rest stops, and in the morning when we arrive we’ll get breakfast at one of the restaurants near the station.
Do you have any other ‘Must Have’ items that I should bring onto the bus? Leave a comment and let me know.