Found yourself going on a long train journey and wondering what you should pack for it? This list has you covered – here are 10 essentials you must have for your long train journey:
- Powerbank or phone charger
Most trains will have an outlet or USB port that will let you charge your phone anyway, but in the event that these don’t work, purchasing a powerbank is a worthwhile investment. Remember to fully charge your powerbank before setting off so that your phone never runs out of battery.
- Water bottle
It’s advised that people should drink approximately 1.2 litres of water per day, but this is also dependent on age, activities, and climate. On a long train journey, you’re better off with a bottle of water rather than a cup of coffee as water will hydrate you more compared to the latter.
Likewise with water, it’s important to properly eat on long train journeys. You don’t want to be hungry, having to wait for who knows how long until your stop. Pack food with you – sandwiches are easy to make and come by in shops within train stations. If it’s an especially long journey, bringing snacks can also be beneficial.
- Extra clothing layer
Trains can get cold and if you’re on it for a particularly long period of time, it’s a good idea to bring an extra layer of clothing to keep you warm. A hoodie, cardigan, or even jacket should suffice to warm you up on a long train journey.
- Headphones or earphones
If you prefer to listen to music or podcasts, or even watch films or shows whilst on the train, then bringing headphones or earphones is a must! Noise-cancelling ones are even better.
- A book
What better way to pass the time than to read? If you’re interested in books, don’t forget to bring one – physical copy or e-book, to pass time on a long journey. If you would rather pass the time by other means, then go ahead!
- Overnight pack
This is particularly essential if the journey runs overnight and you plan on sleeping on the train. An overnight pack consists of a toothbrush, toothpaste, even face wash and moisturiser, so you can feel refreshed when morning comes.
- Wet wipes
Cleanliness has never been more highlighted than in the time of post-COVID. Wet wipes should’ve been an essential pre-COVID, but they’re definitely a requirement now! Popping in that hand sanitiser in your travel bag is also a plus.
- Travel pillow
To avoid that stiff neck you may get from trying to sleep whilst sitting up, bring a travel pillow. To save space in your bag, you can buy an inflatable pillow that can be deflated when you don’t need it!
- Travel documents
Whilst you could probably download your ticket on your mobile, it’s still a good idea to have a physical copy just in case. Without the necessary travel documents, you’re bound to not even make it onto the train – so ensure that you have the correct tickets for your journey! If you have any National Rail enquiries, it’s good to deal with these before your journey to stop you from being stressed whilst travelling.