Our former teachers and school travel specialists have made many a trip by coach. Here are some of our top tips for school coach trips.
Make sure you’ve packed plenty of refreshments
Your students are bound to get peckish on your coach trip, so make sure you remind them to bring plenty of snacks.
It might be a good idea to send round some suggestions of snacks – students will always opt for sweets, chocolate and crisps, but these could make them thirsty or even a bit hyper – not ideal when they’re having to sit for long periods. It’s also worth bearing in mind how well their chosen snack may travel – this is another reason chocolate is far from ideal!
Some of the best snacks to bring are fruit and nuts (as long as no-one is allergic, of course). And it’s really important to remind students to bring plenty of water. It might even be worth considering packing an emergency case of water, in the case of any breakdowns or delays.
Comfort is king when it comes to long coach journeys. And one way to stay comfy is to layer up, so that you always remain at a comfortable temperature.
Prepare to entertain
If you’re heading off on a long coach journey, preparing some entertainment is essential.
That can be packing a few age-appropriate DVDs, playing a few roadtrip games ('I Spy' being an obvious classic) or even orchestrating a bit of a singalong.
A few of our Group Leaders have even arranged a coach quiz to keep students entertained – perhaps you could theme yours around your subject or destination?
Prepare to snooze
On long coach journeys you will all want to try and get some rest, so it's worth packing eye masks, earplugs and neck pillows.
And don’t forget the housekeeping
As any teacher who has ever taken a coach trip with students knows, you should never leave school without air freshener, bin bags, wet wipes and kitchen roll…we probably don’t need to go into why those are so important…
You could even spend the time thinking about your next trip
We jest, but whenever you do want to start planning your next trip, we’ll be here to support you every step of the way. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at any point for further information or advice.