December 2, 2021

Five Things to Take With You on Your Next Motorcoach Trip

It’s easy to make your next motorcoach tour just a little more pleasant by remembering a few of these things to take with you. You may or may not want to take all of these, but consider the following.

1) Bottle of water

Even though most tours stop regularly for rest stops and meals, having a bottle of water along quenches your thirst, especially if you’re talking a lot with a seat mate or other fellow passengers. If you’re hungry, it can also hold off hunger pains until the next food stop. A snack bar or energy bar might also be a good idea if you think you might get hungry on the road.

2) Neck pillow

Seats on modern motorcoaches usually recline and are quite comfortable, but it’s always nice to have a small pillow of some kind with you. Places like Brookstone or gift shops in service plazas sell small pillows especially suitable for traveling, but you also probably already have a small pillow that would work just as well.

3) Camera

My camera goes with me everywhere, and I recommend you take one, too. A small digital camera is a great way to document your trip — they’re easy to carry, easy to use, fairly inexpensive these days, and make it very easy to show your friends and family where you’ve been. Don’t forget extra batteries or a battery charger if you expect to take a lot of photos.

4) Entertainment

If you like to read, and you don’t get car sick while reading on the bus, bring a book or magazine to help pass the time. Or an iPod or other music player is another great entertainment device. Younger passengers may enjoy a small portable game player. Just be sure you know how to silence it — beeps and bloops can be very annoying to other passengers. (For me, personally, my iPhone is the perfect entertainment device!)

5) Be prepared for bad weather.

Something as simple as a jacket, umbrella, or sun block can save the day if you encounter less than perfect weather on your bus tour. Check the forecast for your destination in advance of your tour so you’re prepared for any eventuality.

What else have you found helpful to have with you on a tour? Add a comment and let us know!

About Bob Bergey

Bob has been driving motorcoaches since 2002, in every state east of the Mississippi and a few west, as well as the four southeastern-most provinces of Canada. In addition to driving, he's an avid photographer (and former professional), enjoys writing and technology.