What are the essentials you should take on a school trip or residential? Here, teachers have some great suggestions you might not have thought of. Or perhaps you’ve got some we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments.
1. Emergency case of water in case of breakdowns/delays
Hopefully, you’ll sail through to your destination but it’s always a good idea to prepare for any delays to your journey. Bringing an emergency case of water bottles on a school trip is always a good idea, especially as the temperatures start to rise.
2. Air freshener, bin bags, wet wipes and kitchen roll
This one probably doesn’t need explaining – but these items will come in very handy in the event that you have any students who don’t travel well. The bin bags will also come in handy for collecting litter at regular intervals, to keep the coach nice and tidy and feeling less chaotic.
3. Equipment for games
Taking a football, or a bat and ball could be a really good idea for getting that last bit of energy out of your students before they turn in for the night. As long as there is a suitable area for games, this is also a completely free evening activity.
4. A notebook to write things down that you want to remind/inform students of
A notebook will allow you to jot down reminders to yourself of things you need to communicate to your students. That could be to do with behaviour (something you were impressed by that you want to highlight, as well as anything negative), reminders of what to put in their day bag for the following day, or any other business. You could also make notes on what they’ve learnt over the day, to quiz them on in the evening.
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5. Comfy shoes
Something that everyone needs to pack, comfy shoes are especially important for teachers, as you’ll likely be on your feet even longer than the students, what with corridor patrols, directing breakfast and everything else. The last thing you want is sore feet when you’re in charge of a group of students abroad.
6. Age-appropriate DVDs
This may be obvious, but DVDs can be a lifesaver on a long coach journey. Everyone can switch off and enjoy a film together – it certainly makes the time pass quicker.
7. Prizes for awards night
If you want to encourage good behaviour on your school trip, a good incentive could be an end-of-trip awards night, for which you’ll need some prizes. It could be something as simple as a certificate, some sweet treats or quirky souvenirs.
8. Something identifiable for students to wear
Are your students in school uniform or mufti for your school trip? If they’ll be in school uniform, then they will be easily identifiable – less so if they are in civvies. In this case, it could be a good idea to give every student something that will help you easily spot them in busy areas. For example, they could have matching caps, lanyards or hoodies.
This list was compiled by school tour operator, Halsbury Travel who asked some of its regular bookers for their tips.
For more information about Halsbury Travel, and the school trips it offers, visit www.halsbury.com.