Things to Bring on a Rail Vacation

Train rides are both fun and long experiences in which you might want to find ways to keep yourself occupied. If you’re traveling with children, this task is made even more difficult. There are some really simple things you can bring with your on a train ride. Whenever I take long train rides, I always make sure to pack some form of entainment–for me, that’s my tablet where I can watch TV or movies, or even browse the web. For others, it could be a book or a card game. Either way you look at it, you’ll want to make sure you bring the essentials for a lenghty ride on the railroad so you’re neither bored nor uncomfortable.

Comfortable Clothes
For the train ride itself, avoid the skinny jeans and designer boots. No, you don’t have to wear pajamas, but some breathable clothing will certainly make you enjoy the train ride than if you were to wear nice clothes. Dress codes on trains are typically casual. While some rail vacations may ask that you come prepared with clothing so that way you can explore the elements once the train stops periodically, you can still accomplish this with comfortable sweats or loose jeans and tennis shoes.

Something I hardly go anywhere without–headphones. They can double as earplugs to drown out loud noises on the train. Trains are loud to begin with, so listening to music will mask the roar of the engine. Additionally, it’s always nice to bring headphones if you plan to listen to music or watch a movie as to not disturb anyone sitting nearby.

As discussed above, you’ll want to ensure that you can refrain from boredom on the train. For kids, let them take their favorite handheld toys or video games to keep occupied, and for yourself, books, tablets, iPods and phones are always great ways to stay entertained for periods of time. Or, interact with a card game or board game. Trains come equipped with tables at seats and in sleeping rooms.

About the Author: Lily is a guest contributor from, taking tourists on rail vacations and tours through parts of America, and even up north in Alaska and Canada.

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