Meal Planning Tips for Bus Living

Meal Planning Packets on Table

It is no secret that a bus has less space than a home or apartment but that doesn’t mean you can’t work with it — especially when it comes to food. For people that have adopted the “bus life,” figuring out meals that work is part of the adventure. The key is to know what you’re getting into and learn how to work with the space you have.

There are several ways to successfully meal plan if you are embarking on the bus life adventure of a lifetime.

Create One-Stop Shops for Your Meals

With less space, your meals must be compact in several ways: less dishes to use; less resources to cook them; and less fuss to worry about. You’ll want to think of meals that can be made with one dish. Think soups or stews, paninis, scrambles, and whatever else can be made with ease.

Reuse and Re-eat

This is an important tip to keep in mind on the road: your next meal can come from the meal you’re currently eating. With limited supplies, or at least the ability to get more in an instant, you should look to reuse as much of your food as possible. For example, tonight’s egg scramble could be tomorrow morning’s breakfast taco. Vegetables leftover from dinner are now the basis of the soup you’ll make for lunch. By doing so, you’ll cut down on costs, waste, and time—a win-win-win!

Keep Recipes in Mind

It could be detrimental to start your bus living adventure and have no idea what to cook or how to manage meals in a small space. Before you take off, be sure to do your research into easier meals to cook—in fact, there are now even cookbooks geared towards bus and RV living. With this knowledge in hand, you’ll be able to create a variety of dishes right off the bat.

Ready to start your new life on the road? Get cooking. For over 31 years now Northwest Bus Sales has been providing new buses for sale and used buses for sale, contact us today!

Basic Tools Needed for a Bus Conversion

Bus Conversion Concept

It’s common now to convert a charter bus into a school bus or vice versa. At Northwest Bus Sales, we provide new buses for sale and used buses for sale in the Northwest.

Before you start working on a bus conversion, you should understand the basic tools you need to get it done.

Here’s some of the basic tools that you’ll need to have on hand before starting a bus conversation:

A Good Hammer

You’ll likely be using a hammer a lot on your bus conversion. We recommend procuring a hammer that can take a beating — one that is durable, and right for the job.

A Sensible Tape Measure

Tape measures are great and all, but that’s only if you can understand them; some are labeled with fractions that may seem foreign, or proportions that are hard to understand. And the last thing you’ll want to do during a bus conversion is solve math equations. So get a tape measure that works for you.

A Top-Notch Angle Grinder

We don’t think there’s any tool that you’ll need more than an angle grinder—this will be your go-to when you’re sawing off rusted bolts, and if you’re doing a conversion of an older bus, then you’ll be doing a lot of that. So you’ll want an angle grinder that you know will get the job done.

A One Size Fits All Utility Knife

Because you’re going to be cutting a lot. Having a utility knife with a retractable blade is a must for any school conversion, as you’ll need to carry it with you along the process. Just make sure it can cut well!

Safety Equipment

This might not be considered a ‘tool,’ but it’s important to be prepared with the proper safety equipment to protect yourself. We suggest gloves, safety glasses, and earplugs.

With these tools in hand, you’ll be ready to get started on that conversion. Get your new bus going today! If you have any questions, reach out to us at Northwest Bus Sales.

How to Succeed as a Bus Driver

Happy Bus Driver Greeting Passengers

Do you enjoy driving? Are you good when it comes to finding your way around out on the road? Is safety your No. 1 concern when you’re behind the wheel? If you answered “yes” to all these questions, you might make a great bus driver.

Northwest Bus Sales has highlighted several qualities that will help you succeed as a bus driver.

 You Must Be Personable

When people walk onto a bus, it helps them to see a friendly face behind the wheel. Many passengers expect the bus driver to interact a bit and make traveling fun. Whether you’re driving people across town or across several states, you should be friendly and personable. As a bus driver, you want to be someone that passengers would like to see again.

Cool, Calm, and Collected

Driving a bus can be a lot of fun but it can also be stressful. As a bus driver, you’re going to need to be able to deal with everything from terrible weather conditions and angry passengers to road rage and, of course, traffic. You need to be prepared to take care of whatever your job throws at you and handle it in a calm and collective matter.

Remain Punctual

The people who climb aboard your bus need you to be able to get them from point A to point B safely. They also need you to be able to do it in a timely fashion. If you say you’re going to show up somewhere at 10 a.m., you should be there at 10 a.m., if not earlier. And if you say you can take people somewhere by 5 p.m., they need to arrive no later than 5 p.m. Being punctual will be a big part of your job. Although traffic and life in general can result in delayed buses, it’s important that time management matters to you.

Looking to purchase a bus for your fleet? Northwest Bus Sales has a huge inventory of new and used buses. Call us at 800-231-7099 today!

How to Handle Bus Travel with Children

Family Trip on Large Bus

Traveling by bus is a simple and convenient way to travel, however when you add children into the mix, doing so can get a bit more complicated.

Northwest Bus Sales is offering several suggestions on how to handle bus traveling with children for a smooth, fun ride.

Do Your Research

Compare bus lines for ticket prices and see if you can find discounts for children in their appropriate age group. Depending on where you live, children under a certain age might even be free. Keep in mind that children are often considered adult travelers when they reach a certain age so keep that in mind when shopping for tickets.

Look up reviews to find out how child-friendly a bus line is. Find out if the bus has seatbelts or if you can bring a child safety seat on the bus.

Pack Some Entertainment

Bus rides are often longer compared to other forms of travel, with buses making multiple stops along the journey. Providing various forms of entertainment for your children on the bus ride will help to keep them occupied.

Consider coloring books and handheld electronic games to keep young minds occupied. Don’t forget to download some movies to keep them busy if you have the technology to do so. Keeping children busy will make the bus ride go smoothly and make the trip more comfortable.

Remember Bus Safety

Go over some bus safety tips with your children prior to boarding the bus. Remind them to remain seated while the bus is moving, and if there are seatbelts, encourage them to put them on.

Be sure to pack some water and snacks as well as blankets in the event of an unscheduled stop. The more safety tips you review with your child prior to traveling, the easier bus travel will be.

For over 31 years now Northwest Bus Sales has been providing new buses for sale and used buses for sale in the Northwest. Contact us today to get more information.

How to Make Your Bus Stop a Better Place

Group of People Waiting for Bus at Bus Stop

We here at Northwest Bus Sales talk a lot about buses: why they’re eco-friendly and efficient; why they’re getting more attention from cities and organizations alike; and why they’re great for any group travel occasion.

However, what largely goes under the radar is where you get on and off the bus itself: the bus stop! And how that bus stop looks, and feels, can largely impact your overall bus experience.

Luckily, there are several bus stop pioneers out there who are rethinking what a bus stop means to its local community and how to improve them.

Here are a few examples of what they did to improve this vital transit space:

Link the Bus Stop to Bikes

We need to see our bus network as connected to other transit systems, whether it’s subway or light rail (if that’s available), private cars, or, most importantly, bikes. Many commuters use their bikes for what’s called the “last mile” — that ride home from the nearest bus stop, that is faster by wheel than foot. So make your bus stop respond to that: try to encourage neighbors to get behind the installation of a bike rack, which can invite bike riders to use the stop more often. And if you’re really feeling creative, add a bike repair stall, with an air valve for refueling included.

Make the Bus Stop an Inviting Space

For this step, take your inspiration from local parks and public spaces: why do you like to spend there? Is it the benches? The tables? Or the general welcoming atmosphere? Whatever you think it is, add it to your bus stop. Maybe install a bench or table, so people can enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation as they wait for their bus. Or maybe more greenery, so it’s not a drab blight on the community and offer a sweet spot to sit.

Incorporate a Unique Feature

This is one of our favorite ideas: if you’re waiting for the buses, why not have a book you can read? Like a dentist’s office, it always helps to have reading material around to pass the time. A number of bus stops nationwide now feature free libraries, where people take a book, and leave a book. It can also be donation-based. (Because we all know that we have some extra books lying around.) Why not allow others to enjoy them?

Whatever your inspiration is, improving your bus stop is a great community-building project, that will allow you to meet your neighbors, work collaboratively, and create a space that you all love.

At Northwest Bus Sales, Inc., we love hearing the different approaches to bus travel out there which is why we offer a diverse inventory of models. Contact us today for any questions or concerns you may have!

Beat Bus Ride Blues with our Long Distance Travel Tips

Beat Bus Ride Blue with Our Long Distance Travel Tips

Tourist travel by bus allows the entire group to stay together so that you don’t have to worry about waiting around for anyone to catch up or arrive at your final destination. But there can be some challenges that come along with taking long distance trips, and we want to help you conquer them.

Beat your bus ride blues with a few of our long distance travel tips below.

Designate an Activities Coordinator

Sitting on a bus for hours at a time would cause anyone to get stir crazy. That’s why it’s a good idea for groups to elect an unofficial “activity’s coordinator” for the trip. This person should be the go-to for games and entertainment, and of course, they should like to create a welcoming, social atmosphere for the trip. This person should stock-up on travel board games for adults and verbal icebreakers that partners can do in their seats, maybe even a group ebook session that makes it easier to connect with each other.

Take Pit Stops and Explore New Turf

One of the best parts about traveling long distances by bus as opposed to plane is that you can stop every so often to check out a place you’ve never been. We suggest downloading a reputable travel app that allows you to make check-ins, stay on route, and find maps of the cities you visit. Before you start taking your long-distance trip, you should see which cities and towns are located between you and your final destination. Try to arrange to stop in at least a few of them so that you can get a taste for what the local culture is like before heading back on the road.

Keep Multiple Head Counts

When you’re getting on and off a bus multiple times, there’s a chance someone could end up getting left behind at a rest stop or restaurant without anyone noticing. You should put one person in charge of taking a roll call before your bus departs after each stop. It will ensure you don’t have to go back and pick someone up once you’ve left.

At Northwest Bus Sales, we provide transportation companies, tourist groups, and wanderlust individuals with the buses they need to take enjoyable long distance bus trips.

Find your ride today.

Tips for Traveling with Seniors

Tips for Traveling with Seniors

Traveling with senior citizens can present unique challenges. It doesn’t matter if you are traveling by air, boat, bus, or some other form of transportation. You are going to want to take the proper precautions to ensure seniors arrive at their final destination safely.

Here are a few tips for senior travel that will make it possible.

Give yourself extra time when traveling with seniors.

When you are planning a trip that will include one or more senior citizens, you are going to want to make sure you adjust your schedule accordingly to allow for extra time for getting to and from places; doing something as simple as maneuvering up a set of stairs can take a significant amount of time for a senior. If you fail to pad your schedule with the time you need, you will often find yourself running behind and you could end up missing reservations along the way.

Keep accessibility in mind at all times when traveling with seniors.

While some senior citizens are still able to walk up steps and walk longer distances in general, others will require accommodations when traveling. For example, a senior with a walker or cane will likely not be able to walk all the way across an airport and might need to catch a shuttle or be seated in a wheelchair. You want to make sure accessibility options are available and that your senior will be able to keep up with you.

Consider traveling with seniors by bus whenever possible.

While it’s not impossible to travel by air or boat with a senior, the easiest way to travel with seniors is by bus. Some buses come equipped with wheelchair lifts that make it simple for seniors to get in and out. They may also have restrooms that can be used by seniors at any time. They can fit up to 56 or more people, and everyone will be comfortable when you travel by bus.

Whether you are planning a trip for a senior group or an outing for a retirement home, buses are your best bet. Northwest Bus Sales can provide you with the buses you need to travel safely with seniors. All of our buses are inspected for safety and will prove to be ideal for senior travelers. Call us at 800-231-7099 today to find out about the buses we have in stock.