6 Important Tips When Travelling on Trains in Asia

Any traveler who wants to explore Asia may at some point have considered traversing the region by train. This offers an opportunity of being able to sleep while on transport and then wake up at your destination in the morning. This is a good option for those places that take more than eight hours of drive.

If you prefer this over bringing your own car and driving long hours, do as much as you can to make your journey as comfortable as possible. Here are some tips worth trying:

1. Wear Shoes
In some countries, wearing slippers in public places is against the law, but in all countries, shoes are a good idea. We’re not saying you can’t take them off when you’re seating or once you have settled down in your cabin, but always wear shoes whenever you have to walk somewhere, especially in the toilet.

2. Pack Snacks
Some trains have canteens, but not all of them serve healthy food, unless you’re on board a luxury train. If otherwise, pack your own snacks and meals. When you are on a 12-hour long journey, the last thing you want is to feel the hunger and thirst, so come prepared by making your own salad or turkey sandwich and a variety of snacks to nibble on.

3. Bring Your Own Bedsheet
When travelling via train overnight, you’ll likely be provided with bedsheets, but you just can’t be sure of how clean it is. For that reason, bring your own bedsheet or a sleeping liner bag, so you can comfortably doze your way to your destination.

4. Get Some Ear Plugs
Trains can be extremely noisy and if you’re a light sleeper, the entire trip can be a nightmare. Try to make it easier for you to snooze off by investing in some quality earplugs to help drown out the noise.

5. Take a Book or Download Movies
Secure some entertainment to company you along the way. Make use of your Netflix or download movies or your favorite series, so you can you can watch them offline. Take a book to catch up on some reading or to just help you fall asleep.

6. Wet Wipes
Wet wipes are always good to have, no matter where you go. It’s pocket-friendly and your quick solution to freshen up amidst the warm weather in Southeast Asia. Choose the ones you can safely use on your face, hands and all over your body.

Train trips are fun travel ideas. Whether you are taking the train just to reach your destination or go on a luxurious rail vacation, it is always a good idea to come prepared.

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