Veteran travel blogger Lisa Egle has some first-hand tips for staying safe on an overnight bus:
- If you are eyeing the cheapest bus, check for bald tyres. If the vehicle doesn't look safe overall, or if there is only one driver all night instead of two, it might be wise to fork out for a more expensive trip.
- The middle of the bus is statistically the safest. Most accidents are head-on or rear-end.
- Sipping an energy drink instead of water will minimise bathroom stops - a plus given the likely state of cheap bus bathrooms! Assuming the bus has a bathroom, that is.
- Pack noise-cancelling headphones, and an eye-mask to avoid the dawn sun in your red eyes.
Egle suggested that while sleeping medication might be a good idea, ask your doctor to recommend something that won't knock you out. In strange destinations, you need to be able to wake up and jump at a moment's notice.