Most Midwest natives have memories of taking the train to Chicago at least once in their life. If you’re lucky enough, you may have taken a train from Chicago out west or to New York City. Train travel is a fun and relaxing form of travel, you get to see so much more right from your window. If you’ve never taken a train before, here are some tips for first timers to get the most out of the experience.
Book through a reputable company
If you’re looking to take a train vacation, you should always book through a reputable company. An example of a train tour company is America By Rail. Think of anywhere you want to go in the United States and you can get there with America By Rail. The train tour company offers themed, regional, and rail and sail tours all throughout the United States and Canada. The best part, companies like America By Rail take care of all the booking for you. That way you can relax and enjoy your first time traveling by train. If you’re looking to just get from point A to point B, booking directly through Amtrak or Rail Europe is the way to go.
Bring something to do
While it’s nice to look out the window and enjoy the scenery, you might get bored after a while. It’s best to bring along a book or laptop to keep you occupied if you have a long train journey. A deck of cards or another small game is another good thing to bring to interact with fellow travelers.
Don’t forget the important stuff
Make a packing checklist and double check your luggage before you leave. Make sure you have the proper identification and bring multiple forms of payment just in case. Always print your tickets and keep a digital copy on your phone or tablet in case you lose the printed copy.
Be smart about baggage
Some train travelers never check bags for fear of it getting lost. If your travel period is short enough, it may be smart to just bring a carry-on and store it in the overhead bin or under your seat. Make sure to store your bag within sight and clip it to the luggage rack to avoid theft.
Pack food and necessary medication
You may get hungry while you travel. If your train doesn’t have pre-arranged meals, it might be best to pack your own to reduce costs. Don’t forget any necessary medication you may need and check your train’s policies on carrying medication aboard the train.