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Best Activities and Games for a Long Charter Bus Ride

January 21, 2022
By
Liz Arnold

As we all well know, the journey beats the destination. While charter buses are incredibly convenient to travel on, sometimes it can be boring just to sit and wait until you finally arrive. When you’re bored, the ride seems much longer than it actually is, and the anxiety starts to build up.

So, to get the most out of your future trip, you should try to get as much entertainment as possible from your charter bus ride. We’ve prepared some of the most fun bus ride games and activities to help your next trip be the best it can be.

Are You Traveling as an Individual?

Are you traveling on your own, and all the people around you are strangers? Then try to keep yourself entertained with these possible solo activities:

Try Reading to Pass the Time

Reading is the most obvious, productive, and relaxing way to pass the time. Whether it's fiction, work-related reading, or just some interesting article you happened across, it's perfect as long as it keeps you entertained. Sometimes, reading can distract you from the tedious ride and create a whole other world for you to spend some time in.

One of the downsides of reading is that your eyes can get really tired in the process, and you might have a little motion sickness. But if you take a short break periodically, everything will be just fine.

Listen to Music

There's nothing like good music to keep you in a good mood. Not only can it help you shorten the time of your charter bus ride, but it also helps you relax and provide great stress relief. You can also try tuning in to podcasts or even ASMR - whichever is your preference.

Come prepared and create a playlist just for the ride, or, since you have so much free time on your hands, discover some new amazing artists and songs. Just don't forget to bring headphones with you: some of your fellow coach bus passengers might not appreciate your taste in music.

Browse the Web

One of the most obvious fun things to do on a bus is simply browsing the web. It is one of the most effective ways to distract yourself. There are so many different things to discover on the internet that you will definitely find something that interests you to kill time.

YouTube videos, articles, or some online games and apps - you name it. Just make sure to have a strong and stable connection and take your charger with you. There are plenty of amenities on the charter buses nowadays, including electrical outlets and WiFi.

Chat with Your Fellow Passengers

You never know how interesting the person sitting right beside you can be! There's nothing like a real face-to-face conversation, so try breaking the ice with your coach bus neighbor; who knows, maybe it's the start of a new friendship?

Since you both ended up on the same bus, there might be some fun stories to share from the places you’ve travelled. Ask them about their plans for where they are going or coming from or share your story and the overall experience from your trip. Try some small talk first to make sure they’re interested in chatting during their trip.

Are You Traveling with a Group?

Having a group trip is an entirely different story. If you will travel mostly with people familiar to you, or especially if you are going to be accompanying kids (for example, if it's a school charter bus trip) - try these games for bus trips:

Name That Tune

Name that tune is an absolute classic that will never get old! People of all ages love this game, kids especially, and the rules are as simple as they possibly can be. Just play a song and whoever can guess it first, wins. As modern coach buses are often equipped with TV screens and speakers, you can even organize a championship among all willing passengers, no matter the bus size. Just don't forget to prepare the general rules, genres, bracket, and format for this "tournament".

Would You Rather

"Would you rather?" is a great game that can really force players to think deeply and consider their answers or give them a good laugh. The concept is simple: ask a question with a dilemma in it, for example, "Would you rather eat only pizza, or never eat a pizza again?" or “Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or a hundred duck-sized horses?” The theme and seriousness of these questions depend only on your preference and imagination. As long as it keeps your other players entertained, "would you rather?" can be one of the best games for a charter bus.

Pencil and Paper Games

There are plenty of different paper games out there! From dots to tic-tac-toe to anagrams, there's definitely a game that will be to someone's liking. These games are both simple enough for children and well-known enough for adults, as they probably played them when they were kids.

And if you are planning to organize some kind of gaming activity for all of the charter bus passengers, be sure to prepare everything necessary beforehand and come prepared with some ideas to make sure everything runs smoothly.

License Plate Game

This is a classic road tripor bus trip game. Simply look out of your window and try to spot as many license plates from different states as possible. You can keep score by adding up points, or by crossing them out from the pre-made list, like in a bingo game. This game helps kids learn more about all of the states, and adults might enjoy sharing their own experiences from the states they see on the license plates.

Two Truths and a Lie

Another fun and entertaining charter bus game for kids is two truths and a lie. Most kids already know the rules because this game is a common icebreaker in classrooms and summer camps, but if they don’t, the rules are quite simple: share three facts about yourself (one is deliberately false), and the competitors must figure out which one is the lie among the truths.

You can also pick a theme, or tweak the rules: the coach bus passengers will definitely enjoy it!

Card Games

Playing card games is not exactly a group activity, as you should be in your seat while the charter bus is on the move. However, you can bring a deck of cards with you onboard. Playing some kind of card game is a great way to break the ice and get to know your charter bus seat neighbor better.

And if you're not really like the classic card games, there are plenty of different options, like Uno. Just choose what both you and your neighbor like and get ready to have a good time!

Trivia Games

There are many different options for types of trivia games out there, with differences ranging from a number of players to topics and themes, to levels of difficulty. It can be organized either with pre-bought cards, cards you make yourself, or on various mobile apps and built-in bus electronics features (if available).

Trivia games are the perfect way to keep kids, teens, and adults alike engaged. And it's incredibly useful for children, as it encourages teamwork and creative thinking, as well as encouraging kids' mental growth and development.

Conclusion

Bookmark this article for your next long bus trip, because with these activities and games you will keep your good mood up all the way to your destination. If you currently plan on hosting a bus trip, give us a call! With Infinity Transportation, you can rent a charter bus for group transportation and rest assured that your trip will be both safe and smooth!

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