From over-friendly passengers offering home-cooked food to the time-capsule lavatories, a train journey in India is not for the faint-hearted. Here are the top life-saving tips for a pleasant and comfortable train journey.
No trouble of dealing with annoying GPS devices, no getting lost, and no standing in long security-check queues – train journey has plenty of pros vouching for it. On the other hand, you may have to deal with over-friendly co-passengers, stinky toilets, and disgusting food.
Put your fears to rest! Here in this article, you can find the list of top train travel hacks for a pleasant and comfortable journey.
Without further ado, let’s get started!
- Pre-book your Tickets
Indian trains always travel overbooked. So, make sure that you book your tickets well in advance, especially if you’re travelling during holidays. Use any of the travel apps to reserve your seats. However, if you don’t get a reserved seat and waitlisted, worry not.
Very often passengers cancel their reservations before the journey, meaning a seat opens up and your waitlisted ticket could become confirmed. Keep on checking your PNR status right before the trip to avoid unnecessary surprises on the day of travel.
- Pack Snacks
Indian railways are notorious for their bad food. To avoid food poisoning and other stomach ailments, pack a huge variety of snacks before you board your train.
Additionally, when you’re stuck on a train for 15 hours or more, the last thing you want to be is hungry. So, make sure that you have a wide variety of nibbles and short-eats to munch on while you enjoy the views outside your window.
- Bring Wet Wipes, Hand Sanitizers, and Disinfectants
Travelling with kiddos? Then make sure you pack wet wipes and hand sanitizers. Always make sure that you wipe down the food tray before you place your snacks and meals on it. You don’t want to end up with a stomach bug on your vacation.
Additionally, hand sanitizers and disinfectants give you a peace of mind, especially when the carriages are short of running water.
- Fully Charge your Electronics before you get on board
While several trains today have outlets to charge your electronics, waiting in queue becomes tiresome pretty soon. Sometimes, the sockets don’t work, and you don’t want to walk the entire length of the compartment searching for a working one.
So, make sure to charge your mobile, iPad, laptop, and other gadgets to avoid boredom during the long journey. Additionally, you can carry external batteries to charge your devices, when they run out of power.
- Pack your own Travel Pillows and Blankets
Train compartments can get quite cold, especially late in the nights. Though the railways provide passengers with blankets and pillows (for the AC compartments), you cannot be assured of the cleanliness of the linen.
So, make sure you pack in a small travel pillow and a comfortable blanket in your backpack. Eye masks are an excellent way to shut out the light of the compartment and have a cosy snooze. And, don’t forget to chain your luggage before you shut your eyes.
Don’t forget to Track your Train
Not sure when your train will reach your destination, or will arrive at your departure station? Make use of a live train status app to follow the train in real-time. This way you can be prepared before your train pulls into the station.
Warm neighbours, stunning views, and of course, the chance to sit back and relax as you watch the countryside flow by are some of the reasons why train journeys are a notch above other modes of transportation. Make use of these tips listed here to have a pleasant and comfortable train journey.