So you’ve booked a Greyhound bus trip and now you realize that part or all of the trip is going to take place overnight. This means that you will either be riding the bus or sitting at a Greyhound bus station after dark. And if the freaks come out at night in even the best of neighborhoods, you can only imagine what specimens of humanity come out at night on the Greyhound.
I have good news, however. After years of riding the Greyhound bus, and after countless cross country multiple day and overnight trips on the Greyhound bus, I can tell you that it is possible to survive an overnight Greyhound bus trip. I’ve done it, thousands of people do it everyday, and you can too! And just to make sure you survive I’m going to list a few tips below that will can benefit you greatly if you follow them. You can thank me later.
Always Keep Your Valuables Hidden
One of the biggest safety issues you will have on the Greyhound bus will be theft. And the darker it gets outside the easier a target you becomes for thieves. So don’t give potential robbers and muggers any reason to look at you. Keep your valuables hidden as much as possible (I recommend stowing them in a locked compartment of your carry on bag. Click here to purchase luggage locks for your next trip.) and only pull them out when absolutely necessary.
Stay Inside The Station During Layovers
Your overnight Greyhound bus trip will probably include at least one if not several layovers. These layovers will be at Greyhound stations. And many of these stations will not be in the best parts of town. In fact, if we are being perfectly honest, some of these stations are in areas that most of us would otherwise never venture into after the sun went down.
You might have the urge after being on a packed bus for hour to take a stroll around outside the station and stretch your legs. Resist this urge. One of the most dangerous parts of your overnight trip will be these station stops. While you are in the station you are relatively safe. There are other passengers around and many Greyhound stations have security guards patrolling the grounds. Once you step outside the door though you are on your own.
You will be in an unfamiliar neighborhood and this fact will be obvious to anyone lurking in that area. Anything can happen to you once you leave the confines of the station, even if it’s just to go a block or two down the road. Most of the real horror stories I’ve heard about bad things happening to people on the Greyhound bus have happened when people left the station and made themselves easy pickings for criminals.
So stay inside the bus station when you have layovers at night!
Bring Along Something To Eat & Drink
Greyhound buses usually stop every few hours for breaks so that passengers can get something to eat and drink if they so desire. However, after a certain time of night these breaks are less frequent, if not nonexistent. So it’s a good idea to bring along some snacks and something to drink to tide you over during the night until the next mornings breakfast break.
Keep in mind too that the food at Greyhound bus stations can be pricey so it might be a good idea to bring along enough food to last you throughout your whole trip. You are allowed to eat on the Greyhound bus and at the stations but just keep in mind when packing your food that space may be limited. If the food you bring requires alot of effort or preparation to consume, this may be a problem.
Bringing along enough water to stay hydrated is important. There are usually water fountains at the major Greyhound stations and refilling your water bottles there is a great way to save money. ( You can purchase an inexpensive travel water bottle here.)
You can bring any non-alcoholic beverage you like on the Greyhound bus. Being caught with an alcoholic beverage can get you kicked off the bus so don’t risk it. It happens everyday and you don;t want to be left on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere just because you couldn’t wait a few hours to have a beer. It’s not worth it!
Bring Along A Blanket and/or Pillow
If you are on an overnight Greyhound bus trip the chances are once the sun goes down you are going to want to get some sleep. And while sleeping on the Greyhound bus might not be the most comfortable zzz’s you’ll ever get, it is possible. Especially if you bring along the proper sleep aides. First, a decent travel blanket will not only keep you warm during your trip but it will also give you something to snuggle up with when you are ready to drop off to sleep. You can pick up a good travel blanket for around $10 on Amazon any day of the week. (Click here to see the #1 recommended travel blanket on Amazon.)
Another great item to help you get to sleep is a travel pillow. Some people prefer the travel pillow that goes around your neck and some people prefer the traditional style of pillow. It’s really up to you but just keep in mind that if you bring along a bulkier pillow you will have to lug it around throughout your whole trip. You can find a wide variety of travel pillow at varying price points on Amazon. (Click here to find the travel pillow that’s right for you.)
Bring Along Something To Do To Past The Time
Chances are your overnight Greyhound bus trip is going to have some length to it. And while staring out the window of the bus is a great way to entertain yourself for a few hours, it can get old after awhile. So be sure to bring along some to entertain yourself.
A laptop or tablet with some preloaded movies is a great way to pass the time. Games on your phone are also a great idea. Just keep in mind that the Wifi on the Greyhound bus you are riding may not be working, despite whatever assurances you may have been given, so if you are planning to stream movies or play games that require an internet connection you may be out of luck for most of your trip.
A good old fashion book is a good way to make the hours fly by, but after a certain time of night you probably won’t want to turn on the reading light since it might interfere with people trying to sleep. And if all else fails you can always talk to there person sitting next to you.