What Not To Take On The Greyhound

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Minnis B.'s Comment
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Hey guys just a quick question. If you saw my other thread about the local job I had it never came to fruition, which leave me departing next Tuesday for Springfield ohion for orientation with Werner. What I wanted to know is if there's anything (besides the obvious guns, illegal drugs etc) that one shouldn't take on the Greyhound. Mainly I was planning to take some otc aspirin and such for the occasional aches that spring up and maybe some otc muscle rub, not an excessive amount of either. Also because my cigarettes are much cheaper here than in Ohio I'd like to pack along 2 cartons or maybe 1 if it's permissable just to hold me over until that first paycheck. I know it's most likely a no go but how about my pocket knife? Would Werner even allow that let alone Greyhound? It hasn't left my pocket in years and I'd feel lost without it lol.

Thanks for any insight anyone can give. I know I could purchase most of that once I arrive but due to cost I'd rather grab it here.

Old School's Comment
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You can take all of that on a Greyhound bus. The one thing you want to be careful about is that they have weight limits on how heavy your bags can be. Werner will be paying the bill for your bus, but if you show up with too many bags, or a bag that is over weight you will have to pay for that right there on the spot before they let you on the bus. I honestly don't remember the weight limit. You can call Greyhound and they can tell you.

Type this in the search bat at the top of this page...

"Things to pack for orientation" You will find a ton of helpful information on the subject that way.

Tim H.'s Comment
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I'm pretty sure the weight limit's 50lbs. That doesn't count your carry on. You get a free carry on. Although I've seen people with multiple carry on. Whether they paid extra for multiples I dont know.

Minnis B.'s Comment
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Thanks Old School. I've been looking through all that stuff but never really saw mention of the few items I was asking about. I don't think I'll have too much issue with being overweight. I know I'm allowed one checked bag and one carry on so if I should be getting close to the weight limit on the checked bag I'll move things into the carry on which will be extremely light to start with.

Pete B.'s Comment
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Several months ago I had the unfortunate experiences of riding Greyhound from VA to CO, and then MT to TX, both were 2-day trips. My suitcase was weighed once, in Richmond... their standards are same as the airlines. Should be no more than 50lbs, then you start paying extra after that. Then you can take a backpack and a carry-on. If your carry-on won't fit in the overhead space, and it won't, wait 'till the bus starts boarding then go back to the counter, tell them your carry-on won't fit in the overhead, and they'll print you out another claim ticket for it, and won't charge you for the 'extra' bag; the baggage handlers won't put anything under the bus unless it has a claim ticket attached. They don't check for weapons, so you're ok with the knife. Look at their website re: luggage; I actually took 2 suitcase sized pieces of luggage plus the carry-on, only paid $15 total for all those trips. Also helps if the counter staff isn't exactly on the ball. Happy travels!


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Roadpilot's Comment
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I'm a former Dog driver.

Weight limit is for checked bags in 50lbs. Make sure you get your bag tagged, that way if you have transfers the baggage guys will automatically switch it from bus to bus.

Technically it's supposed to be one carry-on and one personal item, but unless it's gonna be a full schedule most drivers will look the other way on extra carry ons.

Nobody will really bother you over a pocketknife, half of the drivers carry something similar, just don't be the guy to wave it around. Then we have to call the cops and there's paperwork that we don't like to do.

Also as a general thing because I saw this Sunday from somebody that was heading to the same school I was......use an actual bag and not trash bags. A driver can refuse to transport you because by the rules they aren't supposed to be putting trash bags in the luggage bins anymore.

Other than that, enjoy the ride. Use street smarts around the terminals and on the bus. Don't let anything you value out of your sight and you'll be fine


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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