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7 Tips for Traveling by Train

Worldwide - Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Traveling by train allows you the ability to view the countryside of the region you are traveling to, in a way that is beyond compare. Whether you will be traveling by train for just a few hours or taking the train on a thrilling trip across many states or countries—turn to the tips below to ensure a fun-filled and comfortable adventure!

Invest In A Solar Charger 

Even if you plan to unplug during your train ride, you may still enjoy listening to music, playing an audio book, watching TV or movies, or playing a few electronic games on your smartphone, notebook, or laptop. While Amtrak offers electronic outlets at each passenger seat—not all train lines have easily accessible outlets available. By investing in a solar charger designed for multiple devices, you can stay fully charged.

Stay Warm

Even if it is warm outside, you may find it a bit chilly on the train—particularly in the evening. Consider wearing layers, bringing a travel size blanket with you, or even wearing a warm jacket.

Encourage A Good Night’s Sleep

If you will be staying overnight on the train, and will not be sleeping in the comfort of a sleeper car—you may want to invest in a few items designed to encourage a good night’s sleep. This includes a blanket, travel pillow, earplugs, and even a sleep mask to block out the sun.

Bring Snacks

While there are certainly plenty of snacks to choose from on the train, and at vending machines in the stations you stop at along the way—bringing your own snacks is less expensive, can include healthier snacks, and allows you a wider variety of snacks.

Bring A Camera

You will experience many breathtaking views of the local landscape during your train ride, especially if you are lucky enough to have a viewing car that allows for an unobstructed view—such as a dome car or an observation car. This means it may be worth packing a camera or recording device with more advanced features and functions than your smartphone or notebook.

Bring Hygiene Aids

Even if your train ride is fairly short, bring some basic hygiene aids with you. This includes hand sanitizer, wet wipes, facial tissue, and even toilet paper. If you will be staying for several days on the train, also consider body wipes that allow you to take a bit of a sponge bath—as well as toiletries such as your toothbrush, toothpaste, and hair brush. Even consider bringing a spray bottle to wet your hair, along with a small travel towel.

Take The Opportunity To Mingle With Others

One of the many things that makes riding a train so unique is that it provides a unique opportunity to mingle with others. If your train has a dining car, you are typically seated next to other guests while you dine, allowing you the perfect opportunity to get to know one another. Trains also attract passengers of all age groups, all interests, and from all over the region—and even all over the world.

The seven tips above are provided in hopes of helping you make the most of your train adventure. Gain some inspiration for your next travel destination by following along The Maritime Explorer, Dale Dunlop, as he shares his tales and adventures on his travel writing blog. No adventure is too big or too small for The Maritime Explorer, taking advantage of every travel opportunity made available to him. Follow along as he shares the news and discoveries from his latest adventures!


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