Taking a trip by train is a relaxing and economical way to get around. Even though train travel can take longer than traveling by car, trains are more affordable. Not only that – you don’t have to put yourself through a potentially long drive. But, when traveling by train, it’s important that you be mindful of your safety. Here are a few things you can do to keep yourself safe during a trip by train.
Preparing for the Trip
There are many important factors that you need to consider during the preparation of your trip. Before purchasing your ticket, it is recommended that you research how the train system works in your destination area. You can find this information online or in a travel guidebook. There will be information on the different classes of travel, any discounts you may be eligible for, how to reserve seats, ticket validation, food and drink availability and travel accessibility.
Luggage and Belongings
Before you start to pack, look into any baggage restrictions the train might have – especially if you plan on taking any large pieces of luggage with you. In addition to whatever clothing and belongings you need during your trip, be sure to pack a pillow and blanket for a longer trip, as well as something to do on the train.
Check to make sure that electrical outlets will be available during the trip before you pack anything that needs to be plugged in. Try to pack light so your bag is easy to carry. If the trip is going to be a long one, it may be a good idea to pack food and drink as well.
At the Station
The best way to keep your belongings safe at the train station is to keep them with you at all times. Carrying your cash and credit cards in a money belt keeps them on your person and makes them harder to steal. If you have to stay in the station for an extended period of time, make sure that you stay in well-lit areas near other passengers.
While waiting for your train, pay close attention to the announcements. If your platform is changed or your train is delayed, it is likely to be announced before it shows up on the departures board.
On the Train
Once the train starts to move, make sure you hold onto a railing or seatback while walking around on the train. It’s hard to keep your balance while the train is moving and you could fall without extra support.
Make sure that you keep an eye on your possessions at all times, just in case. Take any valuables that you can with you when you use the restroom and make sure that the rest are stowed in your compartment and out of sight. If it’s possible, keep your compartment locked while you’re sleeping, and sleep on top of your money belt to keep it safe.
A train trip can be a pleasant and memorable experience, as long as you keep yourself safe. Pack only what you will need and make sure you keep a close eye on it during the trip. But, also remember to relax and take the time to enjoy the ride.