11 Must Have Travel Items

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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.

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1. Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths On-The-Go Soft Packs

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. 

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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.

5. Meds

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.

6. Thermometer

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.

8. Lotion

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. 



  1. Shell feis
    June 23, 2014 / 5:40 am

    I agree with everything on this list! I’m jealous that you are going to Chicago, that’s where my family lives and I have been dying to get out there.

  2. June 19, 2014 / 2:56 pm

    Great list and holy cow, what a great deal on the bus tickets!

  3. June 19, 2014 / 1:54 pm

    This looks like sooo much fun! I hope you all have a blast!

  4. June 19, 2014 / 8:38 am

    Great list. I use bleach wipes instead of spray just because it makes it easier IMO but yupp I have everything in a bag in our truck.

  5. June 19, 2014 / 12:26 am

    I’ve never thought of bringing a thermometer before! Everything else is on my list, too! I also include sunscreen, a folded up reusable bag, a paper clip, a hair tie, a bobby pin, and a little cash (including change) 🙂

  6. June 18, 2014 / 8:57 pm

    You covered things I always have on hand but didn’t really think about. Really comprehensive!

  7. June 18, 2014 / 8:56 pm

    Great lists! I have most of them in my bag in the truck, and some in my purse! You gotta be prepared!

  8. June 18, 2014 / 8:54 pm

    This is a great list. We have been busy traveling and we hope to not forget stuff each trip!

  9. June 18, 2014 / 8:47 pm

    Great list. I never would have thought to bring a thermometer. Need to add that to my bag! Thanks for sharing.

  10. June 18, 2014 / 7:14 pm

    I can’t go anywhere without lip balm!! 🙂

  11. June 18, 2014 / 6:31 pm

    Good post and great timing. Just in time for travel season. Thank you!!!

  12. June 18, 2014 / 5:29 pm

    A lot of these are my must haves too. I love the Cottonelle on the go packs, they come in handy when I am camping.

  13. Angela S
    June 18, 2014 / 5:04 pm

    It looks like you covered all the bases. I can’t wait to hear about your megabus experience.

  14. June 18, 2014 / 4:50 pm

    I do not go anywhere without mints or gum or something… and often snacks too LOL

  15. June 18, 2014 / 4:49 pm

    I keep an external charger in my bag AT ALL TIMES! I got tired of being caught with a low battery when I really needed access to my phone.

  16. June 18, 2014 / 4:34 pm

    Wow I was in college that last time I travelled by bus but that deal is pretty appealing! Lots of great items for a comfortable and safe trip! Have a fun and memorable trip 🙂

  17. June 18, 2014 / 2:19 pm

    Great list. We are traveling up to Seattle next month (2 day trip) and I think I will have to remember this list!

  18. June 18, 2014 / 1:03 pm

    that is genius to bring your own TP! I’ll have to remember that next time I’m on a plane!

  19. June 18, 2014 / 12:49 pm

    These are definitely all in my cosmetic case and a really good list for reference!

  20. June 18, 2014 / 12:21 pm

    I took the MegaBus from MN to Chicago and it wasn’t bad. Definitely cheaper than flying. My family loves Cottonelle!

  21. June 18, 2014 / 12:10 pm

    Love this list! We’ll be going on some trips this summer… always good to think about what I need to bring before hand. Hopefully than I won’t forget anything!

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