How to sleep on the bus without a mattress, bus driver tells newbie
bed and board are both a must on the new-to-the-world NHL season.
And they’re just the start of the challenge.
With the new season kicking off, it’s a good time to get a handle on how to sleep while you’re on the road, say newbie bus driver Chris Dyer and his partner.
It’s important to be able to get the most out of your time in the bus.
“I think a lot of people just feel like it’s just a job, like it doesn’t matter that it’s my last day on the job,” Dyer said.
“So for us it’s important that we have the tools we need to take care of ourselves while we’re on a bus.”
To help with that, we asked our friends at The New York Times to pick out their favorite sleeping spots to stay healthy and stay out of the cold.
We asked our friend, the New York Post’s travel columnist, if they’d consider sleeping in a hotel room, and they suggested one of two locations: the Brooklyn Marriott Marquis, or in a tent.
Dyer says the Marriott is a great option, but he’s not against camping in a public park.
“If you’re going to be out there in the rain and cold, then go camping,” he said.
“We all have a place we can sleep in if we get the right conditions, and if we have enough food, if we don’t have any water and if it’s not too cold,” he added.
“But for most of us, it doesn`t matter where you are, it just matters that you’re out there.”
You can also take a tent to a park.
Dyrders friend recommends the Brooklyn Park Hotel.
He says it`s one of the best options for staying warm in the winter, and he’d love to stay there in his final year in the league.
“The Park is right on the water, it`ll be the perfect place to stay and get a nice, warm night’s sleep,” he told us.
“That`s the one thing we know, that is going to make us better players in the long run.”
If you don`t want to sleep in the park, there are a couple of other options.
The Brooklyn Marriott, Dyer suggests the Hotel Versailles.
“We`ve got a lot in common,” he says.
“There`s a great breakfast buffet, there`s also a nice patio area, a nice pool, a huge bar and so forth.”
We asked Dyer what his top three tips for getting the most of your day off the bus: sleep in a park, stay in the hotel, and take your blankets and pillows to the park.