Travel By Train
Train journeys can be a moving visual treat with scenic views and outdoor beauty, but after a while, the countryside seems to look the same. Come nighttime, and you won’t be able to see anything outside; so, pack something that will amuse you on the journey or keep your brain cells whirring.
Bookworms should make the most of a train trip by indulging in some heavy-duty, uninterrupted reading. Pack a novel or two (or even more) to sink into your seat and read. A book of puzzles or brain-teasers will also keep you on your mental toes. Grab some magazines or comics for light reading. You can also pack a lightweight journal or diary and jot down notes. An e-Reader saves you the hassle of carrying heavy books, as it can store a whole library of literature in one small device. If you are traveling with company, then get a portable board game like a miniature chess set or a deck of cards.
If books are not your cup of tea, then get along a portable DVD player, a hand held game console or a tablet PC for your multimedia needs. A tablet PC is the most handy of all gadgets for a train trip; it is easy to carry around, use and store. Plus it allows you to do a variety of functions on a single device. Laptops fall into the same category. With Wi-Fi available on most train routes, you can surf the Web to keep yourself amused.
Crayons, toys and coloring book
You could just pack an iPod and listen to music. Headphones are compulsory to avoid disturbing those around you. In all this talk of gadgets, your cell phone is a no-brainier. Another essential electronic accessory is the charger for a said gadget as electronic gadgets will run out of battery juice at some point or the other.
The amount and location of power outlets on a train, differ based on the type of seat (first-class has an outlet at every seat), so charge devices before making the train trip or get a lot of batteries, if you can’t find a free power outlet. If you’re traveling with kids, remember that they get very bored very easily and quickly. Pack some small toys or a board game or coloring books and crayons to keep them (and you) happy.
Whether this is your first train trip or your fiftieth, two “comfort” items needed for long distance train trips are a light blanket and a pillow. It can get cold at night in the train, so get a lightweight small blanket or a pashmina that folds up easily to store in your bag; yet is snug enough to keep you warm. Instead of leaning your head on the window screen or struggling with the seat, get a travel pillow to lay your head on. A train attendant can provide a pillow if available but you may not feel that comfortable. A compressible foam pillow is ideal as it is conveniently portable. If you experience neck pain, get a neck pillow for added support.
Other comfort items that can be included in your train packing checklist are as given below.