What to take on a minibus trip

Although travelling via minibus is often highly convenient, fun, and affordable, it can be difficult to stay occupied and comfortable if the journey’s particularly long. Fortunately, there are a few items you can take with you to make a lengthy minibus trip more pleasant. Read on to find out what to take on a minibus trip with you.

What to take on a minibus trip

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Minibus hire can be highly convenient and affordable, whether you’re travelling locally or further afield. Even though longer journeys can be boring and uncomfortable, they can be made so much more manageable if you board your minibus equipped with these eight essential items. 


Entertainment is vital for a long minibus trip, helping to make the journey seem much quicker. After all, there’s only so many times you can play I Spy on a three-hour ride, especially if you’re on the motorway and there’s not much to look at but other vehicles! A tablet is a must-have accessory for a minibus trip. They’re extremely versatile devices, offering a wealth of entertainment. You can download TV shows or movies before your trip and then watch them offline as you’re travelling. 

You might not think much about your electronic devices when you’re planning your drink. However, they play a central role in your experience once you’re on the road. Since you’re likely to spend much of your time on them, it’s important to make sure they’re fully charged. Most minibuses have USB charging ports to allow you to keep your devices charged throughout your journey. 


If you prefer to watch movies on the big screen rather than on your tablet, maybe books are a better option. Since a great book can suck you in and make hours feel like minutes, it’s ideal for those long minibus journeys. Rather than staring at your watch as the time ticks slowly by, you can engross yourself in a thrilling novel and a world of magic and make-believe.  


Don’t forget to pack enough snacks and drinks for your minibus trip. You might assume you can stop off at a service station for sustenance. However, this may not be possible if time is short, and you risk getting very hungry during your journey. Make sure you have enough food and drink to last you the whole trip. Pack healthy snacks like sandwiches, nuts, and fruit. The golden rule for minibus rides is to avoid eating foods with a strong aroma or that will drip or crumble everywhere. This helps to keep both the bus and yourself clean and fresh.


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Riding in an air-conditioned minibus all day long can dehydrate you, leading to feelings of fatigue and dizziness. Therefore, it’s important to drink plenty of water throughout the trip to ensure you stay hydrated. Of course, keep in mind that drinking water will cause you to need the toilet. Not all minibuses have toilet facilities, and the driver won’t be able to make pit stops every few minutes. As such, you need to be careful with how much water you consume – stay hydrated but don’t overdo it.

Warm clothes 

Since you can never be too sure what the temperature will be on a minibus, it’s best to dress in layers. You might start off your journey during the day when it’s warmer, but temperatures can soon start to drop as the evening approaches. If you wear layers of clothes, you can add them or take them off depending on how you feel. It’s better to have more clothes than you need than too few when there’s a chill in the air. 

At Wyatt Coaches, our minibuses are equipped with state of the art heating and air conditioning systems, making sure our passengers stay comfortable whilst travelling with us. Our Eberspacher air heaters work independently of both the engine and the minibus’s own heat balance. They bring in cool air from outside, heating it up and delivering it to the interior of the vehicle.  

Travel pillow

A travel pillow can help you to sleep comfortably whilst travelling on a minibus. Even if you can drift off anywhere, it can be a good investment to make sure you have a healthy spine when you finally arrive at your destination. A travel pillow can prevent you from waking with a stiff neck and sore shoulders. You may also want to take a blanket to help you feel even comfier when sleeping on a minibus. Getting valuable shut eye during your journey will mean you arrive feeling happy and refreshed. If you’re a light sleeper, consider taking an eye mask and earplugs to help block out light and the noise from other passengers!


If there’s one thing that can ruin the fun of a minibus ride, it’s feeling dirty and unhygienic. So, don’t forget to pack all those essential toiletries, particularly if you’re going on a long journey. Pack a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste to keep your mouth feeling fresh. You could also consider packing deodorant and wet wipes. Wet wipes are particularly useful, allowing you to clean up any food and drink spills more easily than with tissues.

Toilet roll 

Long-haul minibus journeys mean regular rest stops at service stations. Unfortunately, UK service stations aren’t known for their luxury and their toilet facilities often leave a lot to be desired. For this reason, it makes sense to take your toilet roll to avoid being caught short!

Contact us

At Wyatt Coaches, we are the first choice company for wedding minibus hire in Barnsley, Doncaster, and Rotherham, so why not get in touch to find out more? Call us on  01226 979026 to talk to one of our friendly team. You can also send us a message via the contact form on our website. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.