Saturday, October 4, 2014

My Essentials: Public Transport (London Edition)

I have just got back from London and I thought I'd share my absolute essentials for public transport.

Hygiene 
Confined spaces with other folk, handrails, dirty seats. The travel throughout London is convenience at it's best but can be personal hygiene at its worst.
I always keep hand sanitiser and/or wetwipes in my bag for after I get off the tube or bus. You don't think about what you are holding on to and how many germs are around at the time.

Have ways to keep yourself entertained
99% of my visits to London include a hotel which is a 15 minute bus journey followed by a 40 minute tube journey into Central. This can get pretty boring. Keeping yourself occupied is an absolute must.
It's hard these days to enter a carriage at rush hour and not see at least one kindle. People who have to commute every day must get through an awful lot of books. Jealous!
I tend to make sure I grab whichever free paper is there and listen to music - through earphones of course. There aren't many things worse than having (usually dance) music blaring throughout the bus or carriage.
If you're with somebody play the 'job game'. Try and guess what various people sat around you do for a living. Obviously being very quiet whilst doing so. You may never actually find out but it's funny coming up with different scenarios - at least that's what me and my sister like to do.

Have your Oyster/Travel card to hand
Don't be the annoying one who waits until they get to the gate to fish around in their bag for their oyster or travel card. You're just holding people up. Stand out of the way until you physically have hold of you card.

Sensible Footwear
Comfortable shoes are a must. The tube system itself requires a lot of walking and often standing, there's no guarantee of a seat.
When I'm going for a night out in Central London, I always make sure that my bag is big enough to house a pair of flat compact shoes. My uni trick was to wear my flat shoes, carrying my heels, until I got to my stop and then stick the heels on and the flats in my bag. This reduces the length of time you end up wearing the uncomfortable pair and delays the inevitable moaning that your feet hurt.

Is there anything vital you think I've missed off?
Nikki x
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