In Kenya, different destinations have preferred modes of transportation. For example, from Nairobi to a nearby town like Nakuru, using a matatu is definitely the best option. From Nairobi to Mombasa you can either take the train or a bus. The train makes two trips to and fro a day, therefore you might not be able to catch it. Some areas like Malaba, Busia and most of Western Kenya are best accessible via bus. In case you do find yourself travelling through Kenya on a bus, here are a few tips to make your trip comfortable.
Go by Night Bus
The advantage of taking a long trip at night are several. For starters, the weather is going to be cooler thus making it less stuffy and sweaty in the bus. Secondly, sleeping will come to you comfortably since it is your normal body resting time. Lastly, most people are bound to be tired as well thus the trip will be less noisy. And of course, you are going to be safe from the traffic that is almost a given during the day.
Carry Essentials Only
Buses, unlike airplanes, are bound to have road troubles such as a puncture, failed engine etc. In such a case, you might have to change buses. Having heavy luggage will make it difficult and hectic for you to switch cars. However, having your essentials in a backpack makes such tasks easy and fast.
Do not Miss These
Aside from your clothes and personal effects, you should never miss some items. To begin with, a neck pillow will make your long journey more bearable. It will save you an uncomfortable nap and a stiff neck at the end of your trip. Secondly, have a scarf that can double as a blanket or cover that you can use to protect your face from strange glances and unwanted lights. Thirdly have earplugs that will help you keep the noise out. However, it is wise to be aware of your surroundings so as to know what to do if anything happens.
Always have tissues in your person whenever travelling. You can use them for various purposes including protecting yourself when using public washrooms. A hand sanitizer will also come in handy because you are bound to come in contact with so many germs from all the activities and people together with you on the bus.
Take a Front Window Seat
Seating at the front might guarantee you a free extra seat because most people like sitting at the back. In the event that you get a neighbour however, you are better off having a window seat as you can control air circulation.
If you are not able to sleep for some reason or you do not get a night bus altogether, having entertainment options will make the journey better. Whether you prefer music, a book or watching some movies, make sure you have enough material to keep you active for as long as you are on the road.
You might not need to use the bathroom and you may have your own snacks, but you should use breaks to stretch your body and change your spine structure. This reduces the chances of muscle pulls and cramps. Stretching also helps reenergize your body.
Energy Drinks over Water
Lastly, to avoid having to go to the bathroom all the time, consider taking an energy drink or soda as opposed to water. These liquids have a high sugar level (so keep their consumption limited) therefore causing your body to retain its water. You might not have to use the bathroom all through your trip.