Although a lot of the fun is in the journey, sometimes it can be hard to find fun in a long journey, particularly if you’re accompanying hyper children or you happen to have a couple of noisy passengers joining you on the trip. The important thing is not to get stressed and to take the journey one step at a time. If you are sat there for hours on end cramped up with a bunch of strangers you don’t really know, you’re going to get a little sick and tired of it.
But you can’t let it get to you! Take a deep breath, sit back, and use our list of top tips for helping to reduce stress on your long coach journey.
Take a breath of air at a rest stop
It really is better to make good use of the rest stops you are given, even if you don’t need to buy snacks or use the facilities. Getting out of your chair and just stretching your legs reduces the chances of your muscles cramping up and the fresh air will do wonders after tasting the same air for a few hours on the coach journey. It might not sound like a lot but it really helps!
Plenty of water and snacks
Hydration, hydration, hydration! If you are stuck on a long journey with little to no water, guaranteed you will spend the most of it feeling thirsty. Keep a few different drinks in your hand luggage if you prefer having a choice, or even bring a flask of tea to enjoy on the trip!
No long distance journey is complete without a few snacks and while the coach may take a few pit stops, it is always good to come prepared. Plus in a worst case scenario, you can always hand them out to young children to quiet them down a little, if the parents are happy with it.
Calming music or music that you enjoy
No super loud screaming music or rock music. Remember that there are other people on the coach so you would do well to respect that they might not like hearing tinny rock music from someone else’s headphones. Quiet or calming music is best as it also helps to reduce stress.
Why not download a few audio books to listen to on the way? It will give your eyes a rest, but your brain will still be working to keep up with the story.
Reading book or Puzzle Book – No Phone!
Every bookaholic will bring their trusty kindle or one or two thickset paperbacks to a holiday trip, particularly if there is a long coach ride involved. If reading fiction is not your thing, try an informative booklet about the place you are visiting, or a puzzle book to test your knowledge!
Try not to use your phone as it can give you a headache, especially if you are straining in the dark to read it.
Anything could happen on this coach journey so it is good to be prepared. Spare socks, a towel (courtesy of Douglas Adams), hand sanitizer and paracetamol or ibuprofen are all neat little extras that you would do well to pack, just in case. It is also good to pack plasters and tissues, as chances are if you didn’t pack tissues, you will certainly need them, at least that is how it always works out in my experience!
Take a Nap
If you’re feeling bored and stressed, why not settle down for a nice nap. Bring some noise cancelling headphones and an eye mask if you want complete peace and quiet, but make sure that you’ve cleared up your space first. You might end up napping the whole way there and you don’t want to be in a mad rush to collect all your things when the bus driver is calling everyone off!
Of course a lot of our tips are dependent on your individual situation; for example, if your coach is an overnighter, it might just be better to pop some headphones in and try to sleep it out. It all depends. Or why not spend the journey thinking of all the amazing things you’ll be getting up to on your upcoming holiday and making a plan of where you want to go and what you want to see, it’s up to you!
Article provided by www.bestlondoncoachhire.co.uk, a Capital City branch of the Coach Transport Group.