Top Tips for Bus Trip Etiquette
We all know that public etiquette is important and it’s something we all think about and question. Think about the scene in Fight Club where Tyler debates the most polite way to pass sitting passengers when leaving your row. If you’re taking a long bus trip for the first time, you’re going to be faced with some situations where proper etiquette is called-for, and there are little things you can do while on the bus just to be polite. It doesn’t hurt to brush up on the proper behaviors for any situations, so here are a few things to bear in mind during your travel.
Be Mindful of your Neighbors!
Know before you go – the seats on bus rentals aren’t comparable to those of a first-class plane, and there’s limited overhead space, so pack lightly. Don’t bring a huge laptop if it’s not going to fit comfortably on your lap, and don’t listen to music without headphones. Others may be trying to read or sleep, and when in doubt, it’s best to just be considerate.
Choose Snacks Wisely!
You’re probably going to want to bring some food to munch on if it’s a particularly long ride, and that’s fine – but think about whether or not it will be easy to eat in transit. Is it going to get crumbs everywhere? Is it a particularly smelly food? Bear in mind that a) someone has to clean the bus once you’re off of it and b) other people may get motion sickness, so food odors won’t help with that. Also, don’t leave your trash behind.
Choose your Seat Accordingly!
Are you going to want to nap on the trip? Try to get a window seat so you can rest your head and don’t end up falling asleep on your neighbor! Are you going to be visiting the restroom regularly, or wanting to stretch your legs? Choose an aisle seat so you don’t have to make your neighbor stand up every few minutes to let you out. It’s best to make sure that you are as comfortable as your neighbor is for the long trip to avoid poor etiquette.