Traveling by train may often be more comfortable and relaxing than being on a plane. But it is far from a perfect way to travel. Like other means of transportation that get you from point A to B, rail journeys can have its share of issues that could potentially make the trip more stressful than it should be. Here are some tips on how to make your train ride as smooth as possible.
Bring the food or snacks you might need. Generally, the food you buy on trains are often more expensive than their original prices. Apart from being more costly, some may not be good enough for your taste. Or if you prefer eating healthy snacks or have specific dietary requirements, it is best to pack your own food or snacks. You can buy some delicious breads or pastries from the bakery or supermarket as well as some beverages.
Book a sleeping car room for long-distance trips. Train seats are fairly roomier and more comfortable than most economy class plane seats. But if you are traveling by train for more than one night, you may want to book a sleeping car room for added convenience. Sleepers can make your journey more comfortable. There are even some sleeping accommodations that offer the best views.
Skip the free Wi-Fi. If you are on a train that offers free Wi-Fi, you may want to skip using that particular service and stay disconnected. One of the biggest draws and inherent charm of train rides is the chance to see the beautiful scenery as you travel across cities or countries. You could miss out on what could be amazing sights if you are busy with your laptop or phone.
Keep your bags in sight. Stow your luggage in the overhead compartment or put it somewhere within your eyesight. This is to avoid dealing with the extremely stressful situation of having your luggage stolen.
Observe train etiquette. Make sure to know the train rules and etiquettes that locals follow. Observe the people around you. Try to make as little noise as possible if you notice that people, especially the locals, seem to be quiet. Check if anyone is sleeping next to you or near you. Make sure to minimize whatever activity or noise that may disturb their sleep.