What should I pack on an overnight or long distance train?
Posted by Andrew Glenister, Last modified by Aleksandra Kasaeva on 24 March 2017 10:44 AM
While this may vary from person to person, and between summer and winter, a good rule of thumb for packing is the list below:
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.
- 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.