5 Essentials to Bring on Long Train Rides

5 Essentials to Bring on Long Train Rides

Taking the train has been one of the most popular means of transportation since the locomotive was invented back in 1904. It's a cost-effective way to travel that also allows you to enjoy the sights between your starting point and destination as opposed to a road trip, wherein you need to be alert, particularly when you're driving a car. 

A long train ride allows you to relax and even take a nap. When traveling abroad, trains are some of the best places to meet other tourists, exchange useful information, and make friends. However, in the case of longer journeys, it can be an arduous experience if you're not used to it, especially in warmer climates. This is why we've compiled a list of the top five essentials you should bring on a long train journey that will allow you to sit back and enjoy the ride.

Food and water

Most trains have some sort of food and beverage vendor, in some cases even a whole dining car, but they can get rather pricey so it's good to pack your own meals if you are traveling on a budget or have a sensitive stomach that doesn't agree with a particularly exotic local cuisine. Tap water is not safe to drink in a lot of foreign countries, so you should make sure to have a bottle or two of water-packed. 

You can stock up on your supplies on longer breaks or when changing trains, so there's no need to bring a separate bag for food and drinks that will take up an inordinate amount of space. When you get peckish between meals, it's best to avoid the temptation of junk food and instead pack some healthy snacks with you.

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Personal hygiene items

After 24 hours on a train, you will probably start to feel sweaty, sticky and in grave need of a shower, but unfortunately, this is not an option, so you will need to find another way to freshen up. Wipe down your sweatiest areas with soap and water every morning and evening in the bathroom. 

Wet wipes will cool you down in hot weather so you should always have several packs on you at all times. Air conditioning can really dry out your skin, so consider bringing some moisturizing skincare products to keep your skin fresh and hydrated. Also on the subject of skincare, it's best to wear only light makeup and to take it off before going to sleep.

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While train routes can be scenic, you're still going to want to have other ways to entertain yourself in case there's nothing interesting to see or you get tired of watching the same view for hours. A good book is always a welcome traveling companion, whether it's of the physical, electronic, or audio variety. Thanks to modern technology, you can even bring your favorite movies, TV shows and music on your tablet or phone. 

However, you can also go with a more sociable approach and bring a pack of cards or a game which you can play with your traveling companions or use them to break the ice with other travelers you've only just met.

Comfortable clothes

Your clothes of choice should be something light and comfortable that you can imagine spending the whole day in. You should bring a couple of T-shirts and, of course, a change of underwear and socks for every day. If you rented a sleeping car, bring pyjamas or a shirt and some comfortable sweatpants to sleep in. 

Keep in mind that it can get cold at night even in warmer climates, so if you don't have a sleeping car, pack a jacket, sweater, or even a small blanket to keep you warm. An inflatable neck pillow is always a good idea if you plan on sleeping in train seats.

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Chargers and adapters

With so many electronic devices, it can be a challenge to keep them all charged and working, especially if you're using them a lot for taking pictures, Skyping with friends and family, or entertainment. If you have a choice of seats, pick the one closest to a power outlet so you can charge your electronics at will and make sure to bring an adapter from home if your destination has different outlets. 

However, it's a good idea to invest in a quality power bank in case you end up stuck without an outlet, in which case you should also conserve battery usage so you don’t end up with an empty phone when you need it the most.

Chargers and adapters


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