What should I pack, and what luggage should I take with me on my tour?
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The maximum allowed luggage size is 36kg for second anthird class, 50kg for first class, anthe dimensions (height, lengtand width) cannot exceed a combined total of 180cm. 

In addition to the permitted luggage, each passenger is permitted to take a rucksack, handbag, camera, umbrella, and other small items free of charge provide the sum of the three dimensions does not exceed 100 cm. 

Bear in mind that you will want to stow your luggage once on-board (in the storage provided under the bottom bunk for instance) and so you will not want it to be too big and bulky as it will not be able to fit. Under each of the lower bunks there is enough space for one or two medium sized suitcases, or rucksacks, and a carry bag. Over the door there is room for a rucksack or a couple of carry bags.  

We would recommend that you should not bring large suitcases and try to keep the weight below 20kg, or 40lb, due to space restrictions and as you may often be expected to carry your own luggage. 

If you do bring a suitcase, make sure it has wheels and a strong handle/straps for if you need to carry it up steps. We would also recommend a day bag for carrying drinks, your camera and other items you may need when out and about. 

If you are planning on transporting any luggage, or other object, that is larger than the sizes specified, or otherwise takes up a lot of space please contact our travel specialists who will be able to advise you on the best course of action as an extra baggage car ticket may be required. 

In terms of your belongings, you should aim to pack suitably for the countries you will visit and activities you expect to undertake. We have created a list (that is by no means exhaustive) of some things for you to consider: 

  • Passport, visas, travel insurance policy and your trip confirmation with contact numbers. Also be sure to keep a copy of these documents separate from the originals just in case. 
  • Money and credit/debit cards. 
  • Personal medications and simple medicines such as aspirin, plasters, and diarrhoea tablets (yes it happens). 
  • Torch. 
  • Mosquito repellent. 
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and sun hat — it can get quite hot in Siberia! 
  • Toilet paper (just one roll, no need for a six pack). 
  • Personal hygiene products, razor, wet-wipes, deodorant. 
  • Refillable water bottle, cutlery, mug and bowl — these can be useful on the train and if you are stopping overnight away from the hotel. 
  • Flip flops or light footwear for the train as well as light clothes such as light joggers and t-shirts; it can get warm on the train and you might not want to wear your day clothes. 
  • Even if you are not normally a light sleeper, you may want to consider ear plugs and an eye mask. 
  • Swimwear. 
  • Phrase book. 
  • Light raincoat and travel umbrella. 
  • Travel towel. 
  • Bottled water, snacks such as noodles, bread, sausage, cheese and pickles which often go down well (especially with beer). Often you can share these with your travelling companions who will often seem to have brought half their kitchen with them! 
  • International SIM card for your mobile. 
  • Travel adaptor. 
  • And … don't forget your toothbrush! 
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