My husband and I are booked for the BOI tour this fall. I would like to bring a couple of things to make our international flight more comfortable, such as noise canceling headphones, foot hammock, etc. Can we store items like this in some storage part of the bus, instead of carrying them to every hotel stop? Thank you!
Yes, most of the bus drivers have a part of the bus bay that is “deep storage”. I’d bring a small duffle to contain it all and be present when the driver is unloading the first few times so you can make sure he knows to leave it. Once I had a driver who had a large cardboard container like an appliance carton where he stored everyone’s leave aboard stuff and purchases.
Thank you so much!
Some on our tour were on extended trips and had more than 1 small suitcase. They packed what they needed for the tour and the driver stored the rest of their luggage.
I don’t know the Best of Italy tour specifically, but I do know that I have been on a tour (Switzerland) where we weren’t going to use the bus for a few days and we were told to take everything off since the bus had another short job scheduled for those days. It is possible that you might need to take those things off the bus at some point.
We’ve been on that tour, and yes, you can leave items in deep storage underneath. Also, when you’re at Venice, they might suggest just bringing a small backpack to that hotel, if you want, instead of bringing your entire suitcase.
I bought two beautiful ceramic pitchers during that trip, and I just had them stored underneath until we were at Rome.
I have a related question. My husband and I are booked for the Athens and Greece tour in early March. I plan to use a small backpack as my daybag. Can these be left on our seat on the bus while we are visiting the sites. I don't want to carry my raincoat, notebook, etc. at unless necessary and will have a small bag in the backpack to keep with me at all times.
Yes you can always leave things on the bus during day trips
Just a warning. Some airlines will not allow those foot hammocks. Technically they are probably not an FAA allowed device. As I understand it you are not allowed to attach unapproved devices to the seat since they might interfere with an emergency evacuation.
Oh, dear, I found out about the foot hammock on YouTube. I have very short legs and need something to prop my feet on for the extended flight. For $20 I'll have to risk it.
I've used the Sleepy Ride foot hammock on several transatlantic flights and never had an issue as far as their being allowed. The only issue has been the tray table latch when the table is up. If it's the swivel sort it works fine, but if it's the spring loaded type the downward pressure on the hammock straps tends to pop the tray table open.
Its a bit bulky to pack but worth it for long flights in economy. I find I can put either my foot or my calve in it - or mix it up. Much better on my back.
Thank you for giving me the heads-up about the tray table. I've also read where someone brought a small inflatable beach ball to use like an ottoman. If left slightly deflated where it didn't roll around, I could see this working, too.
Yes, you can leave things on the bus. If the driver doesn't stay with the bus, she/he locks it up securely. I've also been on tours where people (me included) left things on the bus overhead storage overnight - items that are only needed on the bus and/or sightseeing.
Thank you, Chani!!
One tour, they changed buses and drivers, while we were in one city. Im sure they would tell you if they're going to do that, but I'd check before assuming.
Yes, you could try the beach ball...I tried it once, and just felt a bit silly blowing up a beachball before takeoff!!
It didn't work well for me, as I have long legs, but I think it would be great for shorter-legged people.
I also tried the square-ish blowup foot rests, also a bust for me and my long legs.