BOOK NOW JOIN US

Search Phone
News Header

Helping you survive a long coach journey

A long coach journey can be a daunting prospect but it’s the start of a great adventure. If you plan ahead it will not only make things easier for you as the Group Leader but it really can be a great way to for your students to get to know each other and really look forward to the week ahead.  Schools Sales Advisor Sara gives us her top nine tips!

Body Image

1. Plan ahead – Pick a few choice DVD’s to watch – perhaps with your students’ input. Depending on where your journey starts, often a film or two after the ferry on the way down works well. This would will help settle before some (fingers crossed) shut eye!

2. Travel Sickness tablets – Ensure any medication for travel sickness is taken in good time and think about where they sit if that helps on the coach.

3. Pack a good selection of food / snacks to pass the time – Choose a fairly healthy packed lunch that will travel well (nothing that will get squashed or melt!) Bringing food from home will save on funds at service stations stops and meals on the ferry as this can be quite pricey. Meals on the ferry can involve having to wait in long queues to purchase them. Sandwiches, fruit and cereal bars are great but please avoid anything with nuts in as we are nut free on all our sites for the safety of some of our guests.

4. Drink plenty of water – Staying hydrated especially if it’s warm is an absolute must on a long coach journey. Use your refillable bottle to fill up with water on the way (an essential to have for all sessions on the water) For other liquids choose resealable / screw top bottles to prevent spillages and making a mess (always good to keep the drivers on side.) Avoid energy and fizzy drinks if possible to prevent any hyper behaviour. There is a toilet on board but there will be regular stops on the way so take advantage of those for comfort stops. 

5. Take advantage of all stops for a leg stretch – you will have the chance to get off the coach when boarding the ferry for the evening crossing on the way and on the return morning crossing. Have a wander around in groups for a good leg stretch and perhaps get a meal if you haven’t got a packed lunch.  GBP sterling or Euros can be used. Get off the coach at every stop on the way even if you don’t need the toilet to take the extra opportunity for additional movement.

6.  Interact with fellow passengers – It’s a great to time to get to know your fellow trip mates – ice breakers, quizzes, challenges etc are a great way to bond and set the tone for the adventure ahead.

7. Play a few classic road games –
    > I spy
​    > statements using the letters on a car reg
    > 2 truths and a lie
    > create a story adding a line each
    > 20 questions – think of an object or a famous person – your group have to ask questions with yes or no answers with the challenge of guessing the correct person by question 20
    > ‘Coach has got talent’ if you have a microphone – tell a joke, sing, act etc.

8. Take note of where you are – learn about places that you are passing through – perhaps in the form of a quiz or give pupils a chance to be tour guide for selected areas.

9. Sleep! Try and get some sleep! Neck or blow up pillows are good to find that comfortable position. Maybe some ear plugs or eye mask can also help block unwanted distractions.

Share this


The long-term benefits of a great residential trip (inside and outside of the classroom)

The long-term benefits of a great residential trip (inside and outside of the classroom)

Students and teachers return from a residential trip buzzing with excitement and stories of their adventure. But how does a residential trip benefit students long term...

Teaching someone with Tourette Syndrome

Teaching someone with Tourette Syndrome

Rockley College teacher Mark talks about his experience of teaching a student with Tourette's for the first time - the varying strategies he has adopted, the ups, the...

The benefits of a school residential trip for teachers and group leaders >

Teachers are amazing! However, with increasing pressures on workload and such a busy job, why take the extra time to organise a school trip? Well, because believe it or not there are many benefits for you, as well as the students. 

Preparing young people for their first residential trip (for the youngsters) >

Every young person is unique - some come across as confident, energetic leaders, whilst others shy away from the limelight to work away in the background. Here at Rockley, we celebrate the achievements of all our students and nurture and mould their skill set. However, no matter how outgoing or confident a young person may be - going on a school trip away from home for the first time, can be scary and daunting which is why we want their first trip away to be a fantastic one! 

We're making waves!

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Rockley Partners

FOLLOW US

View one of our online brochures:

SCHOOLS INSTRUCTOR WATERSPORTS FAMILY HOLIDAYS College

CALL: +44 (0)1202 677272
EMAIL: hello@rockley.org
PRIVACY POLICY | TERMS & CONDITIONS
VISIT: Rockley Point, Poole, BH15 4RW

Website by Fathom

Enquire