Knowledgebase: Trains
What should I pack on an overnight or long distance train?
Posted by Andrew Glenister, Last modified by on 19 August 2014 04:15 PM

While this may vary from person to person, and between summer and winter, a good rule of thumb for packing is the list below:


  • Light clothes, such as t-shirts, shorts or jogging bottoms as Russian trains are very well heated, particularly in the winter.
  • Slippers, sandals or flip-flops as Russians prefer that you do not wear outdoor footwear inside.
  • Toiletries such as toothpaste, liquid soap, deodorant and wet wipes.
  • Feminine hygiene products (difficult to ask and find on a train).
  • Bottled water and soft drinks.
  • Tea and coffee.
  • Dried foods to be rehydrated with water from the Samovar.
  • General food and snacks to suit your tastes.
  • Person first aid kit.
  • Carrier bags to store your rubbish. These can be deposited in a bin area at the end of the carriage.
  • Something with which to pass the time such as books, magazines, playing cards, mobile devices or music, for example.
  • A European two-pin plug adapter for Russian trains, or an adapter with multiple pin types if travelling on the Trans-Siberian.
  • Earplugs and eye mask if you have trouble sleeping on trains, or are a light sleeper.
  • Travel mug and a spoon or fork for instant meals.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
For more inspiration on what to pack, and what not to pack, take a look at piece written for our Trans-Siberian Guides by travel blogger Matthew Woodward.


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