The Train Traveller
- Carry enough cash for your rail journey, as there are no places
to get cash on trains.
- The food and water available at train cafeterias tends to run
out. In any case, fresh snacks are rarely available and it is a good
idea to carry your own food and drinks. This will come in handy if
there are delays.
- Some railways travel through spectacular countryside - but at
night! As far as possible choose day trains that give you a chance
to enjoy the scenery.
- When on a budget holiday, you can save a lot of money on hotels
by travelling on trains at night.
- Carrying a pillow on train journeys is a good idea, especially if
you are used to sleeping with your own pillow. You may find their
pillows lumpy or too high or too hard; yours will be just right.
- When travelling by train at night, secure your luggage by looping
a long chain through the handle of your suitcase/bag/rucksack and
padlocking it to a convenient surface. You could lock the chains
together too, making it difficult for someone to walk away with your
luggage while you are sleeping.
- Avoid the agony of waking up on a train to find that your shoes
have been stolen. Stuff them into the seat pockets or place them in
your bag while you sleep.
- Find out in advance how long your train stops at the station and
on which side the platform will appear. If you have several pieces
of luggage, start moving to the door well in advance so that it is
easier to disembark without making too many trips back and forth.
- Carry your own paper towels, soap and toilet paper rather than
being stranded on a long train journey.
- Don't lose sight of the train you are travelling in when it stops
at a station. You wouldn't want to be left behind at the platform
browsing through a station bookshop while your train pulls out.