Prepare to Enjoy Your Bus Charter Trip
A long charter bus trip is a promising trip. You’re traveling to a distant place that you’ve probably never visited. You’re with a group of family, friends, or colleagues. And most importantly, you don’t have to drive, so you’ll have the chance to check out the scenery, watch for wildlife, chat with your fellow travelers, or close your eyes and relax.
It’s up to you and the group you’re with. If you’ve charted a bus for a church camp, you might spend the time singing, playing games, or in quiet meditation. If you’ve charted a casino bus to Reno with your old frat buddies, you may break out the cards and start mixing margs!
Whatever the trip, the experienced crew at Whitecastle tours has a few tips for you to consider that will help make your trip fun and relaxing so you arrive fresh and ready to enjoy your final destination.
Tour Bus Necessities
A long day trip or overnight trip can be made considerably more comfortable with a few essentials. Here’s the rundown of things worth having.
- Travel Blanket and Pillow. You can purchase easy to pack pillows and blankets made for plane and bus travel. These are a real lifesaver if you want to grab a few winks during the trip.
- Healthy Snacks. A few light, healthy munchies help pass time and keep you comfortable between stops. Our passengers seem to fair better when they favor healthy snacks like fruit, trail mix, or granola bars. Save the “all you can eat buffet” approach for after your arrival.
- Electronics. Bring your devices! Whitecastle’s buses come equipped with satellite and WiFi connections.
- Toiletries. A toothbrush, deodorant, tissue, hand sanitizer, and feminine hygiene products are items you’ll be glad to have when you realize you need them.
On occasion, we get passengers who dress up for their bus trip, the way people used to dress up to fly. They’re looking sharp in suits, ties, dresses and high-heels.
We don’t recommend it.
On a long bus tour, it’s not really worth it to dress-up, mainly because few of your fellow passengers will care as they won’t be dressed-up themselves.
You’ll enjoy your trip far more in comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and easy to slip on/off shoes. Have a hat, light jacket and shades handy. When you arrive, put your travel clothes aside for the return trip and break out your dress duds after a hot shower.
Set Your Expectations
It’s fair to say that travel by charter bus is less strenuous than driving your own car because you know you’ll be the passenger. Not having to drive is a load off.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare for certain issues.
First, a charter bus, as convenient as it is, is not – in any way – a guarantee against traffic. If you’re traveling into a city or major ski resort, you’ll find yourself moving at the same annoying speed as everyone else. Break out your phone and play a game. Relax and make the best of it.
Second, you’ll be among a group of people for a long period of time in close proximity. Old friends and long-lost relatives may soon start to feel unwelcome. Keep in mind it’s what you signed on for and is part of the fun.
If you’re not on a private charter, the main takeaway we’d like to offer in this article is to be respectful of fellow passengers. Clean up after yourself, minimize noise, don’t rush when entering or exiting the bus. Regard families with kids with patience. A little courtesy goes a long way on these trips, and likewise, just one inconsiderate passenger makes the trip more stressful for everyone.
Third, remember that travel of any sort can be frustrating. Delays happen. Things get lost. Plans don’t go as planned. We always appreciate passengers who manage their expectations and remain courteous and respectful to our crew and to fellow passengers.
So be on time and minimize the noise you create. Clean up after yourself so everyone can enjoy a tidy bus. With the right expectations, you’re more likely to enjoy the trip even if the unexpected happens.
Hey, we get it. If you’re coming back from a weekend in Reno you may be blurry-eyed and hungover. A church camp can be utterly exhausting. Weddings are often the least relaxing events we ever experience.
But if you can, try to rest up before your bus trip, particularly on the way to your destination. Often people overdo it, then think they’ll just sleep on the bus, but a bus seat is not your bed. We’ve found that weary travelers struggle more with long bus trips. Come rested, and you’ll find the trip to be more relaxing. You’ll also be more alert, making it less likely you forget something important.
Ready to go? Contact us for a free estimate on your charter bus trip.