Train travel isn’t just romantic—it can also be cheaper, faster, and more sustainable than flying or renting a car. But there are some differences between traveling by train and other modes of travel. There are things you’ll need to pack for your trip that you might not otherwise take with you on vacation. We’ve gathered our top tips for packing and preparing for your next train trip in this guide.
Ticket and related documents
- Make sure you have the ticket and related documents handy. It is important to keep your tickets on hand at all times, as they provide proof of payment and entitle you to travel in that class. Also carry a copy of the PNR (Passenger Name Record), which will help in case there is any confusion regarding your seat or berth allocation.
- Get travel insurance before setting off on your trip. Travel insurance covers loss or damage to baggage, medical expenses during an emergency situation arising out of an accident, death due to natural causes during travel etc., in addition to providing coverage against losses incurred due to cancellation/delay/cancellation charges etc., caused by events such as sudden illness, accidents occurring while travelling by air or rail within India or abroad respectively.
- Choose a water bottle that you can easily carry around with you. A durable, insulated stainless steel bottle is a good choice since it won’t break easily and it will keep your drink cold for hours.
- Look for one that has a wide mouth so that it’s easy to fill with ice cubes or add flavorings like lemon or lime slices.
- Make sure the lid isn’t too tight, but also doesn’t spill when tipped over (preventing leaks). For example, try using an open-top cap instead of a screw-on cap which might be harder to manage once you’re on the train.
- Use an opaque material if possible—this helps prevent UV rays from damaging your beverage during hot summer months as well as protecting against microbes in dirty public spaces such as airports or trains where there are many people touching surfaces all day long.”
Mobile charger and power bank
An important item to pack is a mobile charger or power bank. It’s essential that you charge your phone before you leave home, because there are no outlets on the train!
A typical smartphone can last around 16 hours when fully charged, but if you use your phone frequently during the day it will only last about 6 hours. This means that if you want to make sure that your phone doesn’t run out of battery power while traveling, then it would be wise to bring an extra battery pack along with you on your trip.
When you go on a long trip, you want to be as comfortable as possible. That’s why it is crucial to pack food that is easy to eat, carry and store.
It should also be easy to clean up after. You don’t want your fellow travelers looking at you like they would look at a homeless person if they see you eating on the train or in the airport. They might even avoid sitting next to you because of it! So make sure that when packing for a train trip or any other destination where people are trying not to get sick from other passengers around them, there are ways for them not only avoid getting sick but also enjoy their time too.
For the cleanest, freshest feeling during your train journey, it is important to have all of the hygiene essentials. Pack a toothbrush and toothpaste so that you can brush your teeth in the morning and evening. Deodorant is another essential that will help keep you smelling fresh all day long. Body spray will keep any odor at bay and make sure that you feel great throughout your trip. Shampoo is also very important because it helps prevent dandruff and leaves hair looking healthy. Face wash should be included as well so that if any dirt gets trapped on your skin, it does not cause pimples or rashes later on in the day. Hand sanitizer will prevent germs from spreading around too much when handshakes are given out among friends, family members, coworkers or strangers on public transportation.
It’s not a matter of if your luggage will get lost, it’s a matter of when. And if you’re on a train, chances are it’ll be quite some time before you see your luggage again.
Fortunately, there are several ways to secure your belongings in the meantime. One is to use a combination lock or padlock (which both should be TSA-approved).
Another option is to use non-TSA approved locks that are hard for thieves to break open; these include chains and cable locks. These may not be acceptable at airports but they can work well in trains and buses that don’t have security checks like airports do.
Inflatable Travel Pillow
A good travel pillow is essential. You’ll want to pack one that is washable and easy to inflate, as well as having a comfortable neck support. Look for one with an easily adjustable strap so you can get the perfect fit for your head and neck. Avoid anything that makes a lot of noise when you use it; if you’re traveling in coach class, don’t be the person who annoys everyone around them by slamming their pillow into their face every time they want to sleep.
If your inflatable pillow doesn’t work out, there are still options: try bringing along some extra clothes or blankets; ask train staff if they have any spare pillows on hand (they usually do); or just suck it up and try not to fall asleep while someone’s elbow is pressed against yours—I know this can be difficult at times.
A Pair of earphones
A pair of earphones are a must-have if you’re traveling by train. They’re the best way to listen to music and audio books, especially if you don’t want to disturb other passengers with your sound. Earphones can also be used to drown out noise in the train cabin or on the platform.
Earphones are especially useful for long train trips because they allow you to focus on what you’re doing without being distracted by other people or external factors, like noise from nearby conversations or announcements over loudspeakers. If you plan on having access to a lot of time alone while traveling by rail, earphones are an essential travel tool that will help keep your mind occupied in meaningful ways while avoiding unwelcome distractions during your journey.
Next, you’re going to want a small pack of wet wipes. These are useful for cleaning your hands and face, but they can also be used as an emergency spill cleaner if you get food on your clothes or if your bag gets something spilled on it. Wet wipes don’t take up much room in your luggage, so there’s no reason not to have them.
Slippers will keep your feet warm and comfortable on long train rides. When you arrive at your destination, they’re great for wearing around the station or while waiting for a taxi to take you to your hotel. And if you need to use the bathroom at night, slippers are essential because they provide extra cushioning between bare soles and cold bathroom floors.
The train is the one of the best ways to travel. With comfortable sitting arrangements and lots of leg space, it is a stress-free way to travel. The right planning and preparation are needed for you to make your trip hassle-free. Pack your bags wisely and take all the essentials with you that would help you enjoy your journey thoroughly.