Seven tips for traveling by train that will make your journey better, including suggestions on clothing, toiletries, entertainment and more.
Traveling by train can be a convenient, affordable and even fun way to travel from place to place. If you are traveling by train, however, you’ll want to make sure that you know how to make the most of your trip. Here’s 7 tips for traveling by train that will help you make the most of your journey, whether you’re traveling from coast to coast or just from one city or region to another.
Wear comfortable clothing
It’s always a good idea to wear layers in case the temperature on the train is too hot or cold for your taste. When packing your wardrobe, be sure you pack enough comfy clothing to last the length of your train trip. Consider soft clothing with a relaxed fit. be sure to bring slippers in case you need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, as you do not want to walk around a train bare foot.
Wear layers and bring a decent blanket
The temperature on a train will not suit everyone, particularly if you are traveling during colder seasons or regions. If you’re prone to feeling chilly you’ll want to wear layers that can be added on or taken off if necessary. You should also bring a light blanket to keep you warm.
Bring your own toilet paper
Obviously when you travel you’re going to have a toiletries bag, containing travel sized shampoo, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, mouthwash and the like. Trains should have toilet paper, but let’s be honest; “should” doesn’t always mean “will.” Be sure to include a a toiletry-style toilet paper roll when putting your toiletries bag together.
Bring an extra phone charger
Most modern trains are equipped with plugs for charging your phone and using electronic devices. But, there’s no guarantee there will be enough or that they will all be functional. You certainly don’t want to wind up with dead batteries in your phone or device in the middle of a long distance trip. Pack at least one extra portable power bank that can tide you over until you get to your destination.
Bring your own entertainment
If you have a Kindle, iPad or other tablet, be sure it’s stocked with books, movies, music and games. It’s a good idea to bring along some low-tech or no-tech entertainment as well, such as a journal, printed book, puzzle magazines, travel games, pen and paper, coloring books, decks of cards and the like.
Pack your own snacks
Depending on the length of your train ride, you may or may not want to purchase items from the dining car. However, you’ll always want to bring your own snacks; snacks on a train tend to be pricey and not nearly as tasty as the ones you can easily pack for your trip. Granola bars, cereal bars, and even raw veggies make for great train snacks. Just avoid anything that make a messy or needs to be kept cold or warmed up.
Many trains offer sleeper cars, but those rooms come with a premium price. You don’t have to have a sleeper car to get some sleep while traveling by train. The coach seats on a train are a lot roomier then a coach seat on a plane. Bring along a pillow (and that light blanket I mentioned earlier) and you’ll be more comfortable than you might have thought.
Don’t forgive the above tips before you take your next train trip!