I must say, this title takes me back down to my childhood memory lane. When I was studying at a language school called Home End Farm, (HEF), – now is called Blue-Ginger Gallery​. If you haven’t heard of this please, then you can have a little read here.

Our Saturdays outing was well organised by Sue, (the owner). We would go on to trips after trips on coaches or minibuses. It was the highlight of the week for us excited little 10 year old children.

Where would we go? Well, namely: a day trip to London; theme parks such as the Safari Parks; the Butterflies Farm; many many Maze; lots of museums visit; many many Castles; underground caves; Stratford-upon-Avon – home of the famous William Shakespeare… and many many more attractions. I can go on and on. The list is enormous!

I remembered the naughty ones would sit at the back, being extremely loud blasting off their walkmans speaker sound, (remember those?) – whilst the “good” kiddies were sat at the front near the teachers trying to score brownies points. Where was I seated? I’ll never tell you! Haha!

Then there were others who suffers travel sickness that all they wanted to do is sit still, holding on tightly to their dear life to their sick bags – just in case.

The point is – it takes a lot of organisation and a good driver’s stamina to tolerate such variation of what you may call – “entertainment” on the coach. 

So, I’ve asked my fellow bloggers their tips and tricks when travelling with children on coaches or minibus. Here’s what they have to say…


Travelling Tips & Tricks On Coaches With Children.


Comfort & Safety

Travelling Tips & Tricks On Coaches With Children.

Amy: Travel neck pillows and seat belt covers so they can have a comfy nap on long journeys.” –

Laura: “We carry portable car booster seats when we know we might be needing to take a bus or a coach, particularly on holidays. It brings me peace of mind that they will be as safe as possible.” –



Travelling Tips & Tricks On Coaches With Children.

Natasha: “Get your little one a Kindle (they’re super cheap) with some headphones. Should keep them occupied for a few hours and minimise the chance of tantrums. –

Becky: Audiobooks are brilliant so absorbing and less likely to cause travel sickness than movies.” –



Travelling Tips & Tricks On Coaches With Children.


Kate: Make a ‘can you spot a…’ checklist to keep little ones entertained during the journey, e.g. Spot a green car, a bike, a cow, a McDonald’s, etc etc.” –

Jennie: Make up some little games to keep the little ones entertained. Our favourite ones are ‘What am I?’ where you describe the animal you’re thinking of and the other person has to guess e.g. ‘i have a long neck and I like munching leaves’. Another favourite is the ‘Yes, No’ game where you ask the child questions and they are not allowed to answer yes or no! Very funny!” –

Leigh: Try to switch up ‘close-up’ activities like tablets, puzzle books, etc with observational stuff that includes looking out of the window. Close up activities alone can increase the likelihood of travel sickness. Encouraging kids to look outside at passing cars, horizon, etc can calm the nausea.” –

Emma: Simple word games that everyone can join in are great such as the alphabet game. You go round and each child must name an animal for the next letter of the alphabet (a aardvark, b bee, c camel etc). Or an animal beginning with the last letter… eg aardvark, kangaroo, octopus, sheep etc.”


Travel Sickness Tips

Travelling Tips & Tricks On Coaches With Children.


Cherry: Bit of an old wives tale but, after 10 years of doing school trips I can promise it works! For any possible travel sickness get the children to sit on newspaper and there should be no problem!”

Victoria: We’ve always told ours on school trips that it’s impossible to be sick whilst sitting on Newspaper. Psychologically believing it makes them feel less sick, but if they do end up being sick it’s a bonus because the newspaper usually catches it all.” –

Linda: Be prepared for travel sickness – whether that’s with travel tablets or sick bags. You can buy proper ones on Amazon same as they use on aircraft .If your little ones do suffer from it, letting them read or play games is probably the worst thing you can do. Make sure they have something sensible to eat before they go but nothing huge or sugary.” –


Bring Extra Change of Clothes

Travelling Tips & Tricks On Coaches With Children.

Mandy: Always take a change of clothes, baby wipes and a few plastic bags – my six year old is always sick in the car or on a coach.”

Simone: Take quick, easy change of clothing and – if children are anything like my son – a few sick bags, just in case! Oh, and lots of baby wipes.” –

Sarah: “The one time we took a coach in Majorca Keira was 2 years old and she was sick all over me! So maybe bring spare clothes and take travel sickness tablets.” –


Bring Snacks

Travelling Tips & Tricks On Coaches With Children.

Claire: I make up a little travel pack. Snacks that they can open themselves, notepad/colouring book and crayons, tablets with plenty of battery life, a WiFi dongle, a few little toys they want to bring along. Oh and I’ve found a great little pack of cards from osborne books that suggest activities for journeys.”

Ayse: Take lots of snacks / paper and pens. I find my little one gets bored with activity books so plain paper that we can make anything with is always a winner.” –


Take Intervals

Travelling Tips & Tricks On Coaches With Children.

Rachel: “For longer journeys, pick somewhere nice to stop en-route. This could be a park, the beach, or a castle if you’re a member of English Heritage or the National Trust. It’s great for giving the kids some fresh air and a chance to run around….even if it’s five or ten miles from the motorway it’s much nicer than motorway service stations.” –


At the end of the day, whatever the reasons for you wanting to hire a coach or a minibus, you are to be sure this will make an unforgettable fun memories and excitement embedded within our children’s childhood.


If you were going to hire a coach or a minibus for a trip – what would it be for and where would you go? What are the tips and tricks can you add to this list? Do let us know in the comment below, we’d love to hear it from you.




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Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

Su blogs at Ethan & Evelyn. Ethan (7) & Evelyn (4) are her children. Her blog was originally an online diary but quickly transformed. She blogs about their life adventures of her experiences of motherhood, lifestyle, food, crafts, and travel. Her blog was awarded the Coupon Machine Travel Blog Top100 (#37) in 2016. The #MadBlogAwards 2016 Nominated for Best Craft Blog, Best Family Travel Blog, and Best Preschool Blog. She is a now a Freelance Writer, a Photographer, Co-creator of #ExplorerKids IG community. Host of #FabFridayPost and #ExplorerKids Linkys. And a Kids Yoga Teacher too! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram @ethannevelyn

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  1. iain maciver
    06/02/2018 / 8:13 pm

    fab giveaway

  2. 06/02/2018 / 11:07 pm

    Great giveaway and lots of great travel tips. I’m particularly amused by the anti-sickness newspaper! Must give it a try…. #ExplorerKids

    • 07/02/2018 / 12:26 pm

      lol! I know! I haven’t heard of that before either! lol! Good to know. Luckily my E&E doesn’t stuffer from travel sickness at all. Hopefully, it will stay that way. 🙂

  3. 07/02/2018 / 9:32 am

    Love the travel tips, it’s a great help, especially with the grnadchildren.

  4. 07/02/2018 / 12:02 pm

    Oh yes – the dreaded travel sickness on coaches. One tip from me also if you do suffer from travel sickness, never read a book as the motion sickness will be much worse. #ExplorerKids

  5. 07/02/2018 / 12:03 pm

    Some great tips, I’d never heard the newspaper one, I might try that on myself, will that work?! #ExplorerKids

    • 07/02/2018 / 12:29 pm

      lol! I don’t know. Luckily my E&E doesn’t stuffer from travel sickness at all. Hopefully, it will stay that way. Do let us know how you get on. x

  6. Daniela Tomlinson
    07/02/2018 / 1:04 pm

    Fab giveaway!

  7. 07/02/2018 / 10:01 pm

    Great giveaway Su and I love all the useful tips great post for all travelling with little ones! Mandyxxx#explorerkids

  8. 08/02/2018 / 12:08 am

    The one and only time we had a coach trip planned (to the Bronx zoo in NYC)… we all came down with a stomach bug the week before our trip and I ended up sick on the day of the trip so we had to give up all that money and our seats and stay at home. We keep meaning to make the trip to the zoo on our own but that hasn’t happened yet. #ExplorerKids

    • 11/02/2018 / 12:04 am

      Oh no! That’s horrible! Stomach bug is such a horrid thing to get. I’m glad you are all okay and came through that. Yes, perhaps you should give Bronx zoo trip another go. xx

  9. 08/02/2018 / 11:26 am

    Totally fascinated by the sitting on newspaper trick! We’re a fan of the tablet for long journeys too. Anything to help pass the time!

    • 11/02/2018 / 12:06 am

      I know! This is the first I’ve heard it as well. It’s very interesting. Whatever works I guess. x

  10. 08/02/2018 / 2:55 pm

    We have actually never taken a bus trip with the kids although we do take long car rides pretty often! #ExplorerKids

    • 11/02/2018 / 12:08 am

      I’ve also haven’t taken E&E on a coach trip yet, but when we were living in London. We uses the bus all the time. They like to be seated on the top deck – always. lol! x

  11. 08/02/2018 / 2:59 pm

    I’ve only been on a coach once with children and that was my daughters school trip last year. I was amazed at how well behaved they all were. There was a video playing and they just chatted to their friend!

    • 11/02/2018 / 12:11 am

      Wow! Now that’s children of the year! Very unlike my kids. lol! 😉 x

  12. 08/02/2018 / 8:02 pm

    We’ve not yet braved a coach with kids, but the thought definitely has me a bit nervous! I’m looking forward to when my son is old enough to play games (he’s almost there I think!), and the newspaper one is definitely worth a try – I’ve never heard that before but it sounds worth a go!

    • 11/02/2018 / 12:14 am

      Oh yes! The newspaper trick is so very new to me! lol! 😉 I also haven’t taken E&E on a coach trip yet, but when we were living in London. We uses the bus all the time. They like to be seated on the top deck – always. lol! x

  13. 09/02/2018 / 5:05 pm

    What a lovely article and some great tips. The newspaper tip is new to me, but I’ll be sure to remember that – thanks for sharing 🙂

    • 11/02/2018 / 12:30 am

      Thank you Rachel. I’m glad you have found it useful. The newspaper trick is new to me too! I can see the benefits of it being tucked underneath when accidents happens though. It’s a good absorption material, and a good barrier/ cover to the seat too! 🙂

  14. 13/02/2018 / 10:24 am

    Fantastic tips and a great giveaway! <3
    So far our longer journeys have been on the train, so I make sure the boys' ipads etc are fully charged before we leave, and also bring snacks for the journey. 🙂

    • 23/02/2018 / 9:38 pm

      Thanks Marlyin. We have that problems too when their pads run out of battery. It’s like the world has ended! lol! x

  15. 14/02/2018 / 7:42 am

    We had an awful experience on a recent long distance coach journey. I’ve never heard of the newspaper remedy, but I’ll definitely give it a try next time we take a long coach journey.

    • 23/02/2018 / 10:13 pm

      Oh no! It’s hard isn’t it. I haven’t heard of that one too. It’s funny isn’t it but then you had got to try it. lol! x

  16. Sarah Austin
    20/02/2018 / 10:43 pm

    Great competition!

  17. 22/02/2018 / 10:16 am

    Audio books have been a LIFESAVER for us! Never heard of the newspaper trick but I’m totally trying it haha

    • 23/02/2018 / 10:29 pm

      I really need to get my kids into audio books. But not quite sure how to go about… do you have any tips and tricks to get my two kids on audio books? x

  18. farenexus nexus
    23/02/2018 / 11:37 am

    Love the travel tips, it’s a great help, especially with the grnadchildren.

  19. 05/03/2018 / 10:56 am

    Loved the tips Su.. the newspaper trick is new to me, will definitely try it out.
    Thanks for sharing!

  20. Danielle Dudley
    07/03/2018 / 8:41 pm

    Amazing give away

  21. Jo McPherson
    07/03/2018 / 10:19 pm

    Great tips, lots I haven’t heard of

  22. donna l jones
    08/03/2018 / 1:32 pm

    great tips lovely giveaway

  23. Natalie Crossan
    09/03/2018 / 11:45 pm

    Fantastic – would love to win 😀

  24. 15/03/2018 / 11:59 am

    Excellent tips and I really loved the way you presented them. It was like a communication going on. And yes, newspapers always works for me.

    • 16/03/2018 / 12:26 pm

      Thank you so much. Interesting that there are more people knew about the newspaper already! 🙂 x

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