Monday, January 22, 2018

My Essentials: Public Transport (London Edition)

I was in London last weekend and it got me thinking about the absolute essentials for public transport. I'm not one for public transport when I'm at home, I'm from a fairly small place so I generally walk everywhere but in cities you will generally find yourself having to use transport to get from A-B and I'm not about spending money on an uber when I could spend less money on a bus.


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. Confined spaces with other folk, especially this time of year are a nightmare.
You don't think about the germs on the handrail you hold onto or the hands of the people who've pressed the 'stop' button before you so I always keep hand sanitiser and/or wetwipes in my bag for after I get off the tube or bus. 

Have ways to keep yourself entertained
99% of my visits to London include a hotel which almost an hour on public transport from Euston. I'll totally take a bus for a bargain hotel. That being said 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 people who blast their (usually dance) music through 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 something my family enjoy doing.

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. Tube stations themselves can require a lot of walking and what if you end up having to stand on a tube or bus. There's no guarantee of a seat.
When I was in London for uni and actually went on nights out, I always made sure that my bag was big enough to house a pair of flat compact shoes. I'd 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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