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How To Pack For A Long Distance Coach Trip

Matt Crisp May 14, 2021

Holidays overseas in the sun might still be an uncertain proposition at the moment, and many people will be planning to take a break in the UK instead of risking booking a week in the sun. But if you’ve planned to take a coach journey to your UK staycation, or even just a day trip with the family or friends, it’s important to reach your destination feeling refreshed and in good spirits.

Being prepared for a long journey on a coach will help transform your journey from a simple trip to a genuine treat, so grab a book, headphones, and don’t forget a bag of sweets – although these sweets inspired by popular UK destinations we’re not too convinced by!

Here are some top tips to ensure you’re ready for your coach trip:


  1. Packing is half the battle

As with most coaches, heavy luggage is stowed away in the luggage carriers underneath the passenger seats, meaning you cannot access it once you’re on the move.

Therefore, pack your hand luggage wisely. Anything you need while on the coach you need to pack in your hand luggage, from crisps, sweets and sandwiches, to books, magazines, and phone chargers.


  1. Stay hydrated

It’s important to stay hydrated on a long coach journey. Take a bottle of water with you, and pick up a new one at any rest stops if you get a chance to prevent you from running out.


  1. Dress comfortably

If your trip is going to take a good few hours, then you must ensure you’re wearing comfortable clothes. Make sure your trousers aren’t too tight and layer up your clothing so you can discard or put on layers as the temperatures fluctuate. A good tip is to make sure you have a good stretch before you board.


  1. Take personal items

At the end of a long journey, even a thoroughly pleasant one, you will want to freshen up and make sure you look your best for when you arrive. You might want to pack deodorant, mouthwash, wet wipes, a spritz of perfume or cologne, and importantly, hand sanitiser.


  1. Bring a book

A book is a great way to kill time on a long journey. A kindle is great for when you’re not sure which books to bring, but don’t forget your charger. Magazines are great for when you might not have the attention span for a novel, and just want to peruse articles and photographs.


  1. Listening devices

Listening to music or podcasts is also a great way of passing the time, and music can help uplift and relax you when travelling. It’s also a great way to help mitigate the noise of other passengers.


  1. Do some work!

Or don’t, you’re on holiday! But you could make use of the time spent travelling to log in on your laptop or tablet and get some work done and keep the boss happy. Or you could watch a film, TV shows, browse YouTube, or play games. Don’t forget your headphones so you don’t disturb other passengers.


  1. Snooze

For many, the ideal way to kill time on a long journey is to nap. Sit back, relax, recline your seat, and let the monotonous hum of the coach engine lull you to sleep. Bring a pillow, earplugs, and an eye mask to get extra comfortable.


If you’re planning on making a long trip and looking for luxury coach hire in Birmingham, get in touch today.