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
Amy: “Travel neck pillows and seat belt covers so they can have a comfy nap on long journeys.” –allaboutamummy.co.uk
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.” – fivelittledoves.com
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. – kiddoadventures.com
Becky: “Audiobooks are brilliant so absorbing and less likely to cause travel sickness than movies.” – abeautifulspace.co.uk
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.” – everafterwithkids.com
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!” –ricecakesandraisins.co.uk
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.” – dadgeek.co.uk
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.” – happyfamilyhub.co.uk
Travel Sickness Tips
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!” – thenewbytribe.com
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.” – starlightandstories.com
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.” – motherdistracted.co.uk
Bring Extra Change of Clothes
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.” – sneakyveg.com
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.” – marriedtoageek.co.uk
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.” – kippersandcurtains.com
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.” – bumpsbabiestotsandteensmummydiaries.com
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.” – arepops.com
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.” – thedaisypages.com
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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