Know your scheduled stops, pack as light as you can and keep your most valuable possessions with you at all times. It is important that you alone can handle all your luggage during transfers. Food is expensive at the bus stations so look up in advance where you might find food joints nearby on the long overlays. You can also pack things like ramon noodles and most bus stations have microwaves available. Also know that most bus stations have places to recharge your cell phone too, but do not walk away while charging.