First Class Overnight Train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai ● Tour of Second Class
How to Take an Overnight Train Ride
Taking an overnight train ride should be exciting. While sleeping on a train can be difficult, try to embrace the fun of overnight rides. Make sure you get your supplies together ahead of time. Pack comfortable clothing, a pillow, and a blanket. Work on sticking to a sleep schedule so you're not exhausted by the time you reach your destination. Stay entertained. Have fun on your tip by making lots of friends and enjoying the landscape.
Assembling Your Supplies
Wear comfortable clothing.You don't want to wear something tight, scratchy, or otherwise uncomfortable if your'e going to be on a train overnight. Opt for loose-fitting clothing that's breathable. This will assure your personal comfort during the trip.
- Opt for clothing that you can wear around the train that's also comfortable. A pair of sweatpants or leggings with a t-shirt is a good option.
- It's a good idea to pack a few changes of clothing, keeping comfort in mind. If your train ride lasts more than a day, you will probably want to freshen up with a new set of clothes.
- Take the temperature in the region into account. If you're traveling from somewhere warmer to somewhere cooler, for example, pack heavier clothing for later in your trip.
Pack comfortable shoes.You will probably want to walk around the train and slip your shoes on and off during your travels. Wear shoes that are comfortable over those that are tight. Something like slip-on shoes is best for train travel.
- You might want to bring a pair of slippers to put on during the night.
Bring some toiletries.You will probably want to freshen up at some point during an overnight train trip. While you can't really shower on the train, you can bring a few toiletries to stay feeling fresh.
- Bring the basics, like a toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant.
- You can try to take a sink bath in the mornings, so bring some body wash.
- If you like to keep your hair clean, go for dry shampoo.
Pack a pillow and blanket.Sleeper cars are generally fairly expensive, so you'll probably be sleeping on your seat. Bring a pillow and large blanket for comfort, as most trains do not provide sleeping supplies. It's good to bring a regular pillow, as you'll be using it to sleep. You may also want to pack a travel pillow if you want something to rest your head on during the daylight hours.
Bring snacks.Trains usually have carts and cafes where you can purchase snacks. However, snacks you purchase on a train are often expensive. You also may not like the food, and sometimes cafeteria food is pricey. Bring some healthy snacks that you enjoy to keep yourself full during your train ride.
Take advantage of checked bags.If possible, check a bag under the train. This will cut down on luggage you have to keep track of during your trip. Check your ticket to see about your train's policy on checking bags. Many trains allow for a set number of checked bags per passenger.
Managing Your Sleep
Try to secure a bed.In the United States, sleeper trains are very expensive. If it's within your budget, however, opt to secure one as you'll sleep better. If you're traveling in Asia or Europe, sleeper cars are generally affordable. A bed is a comfortable option to make sure you get a full night's sleep.
- For the most part, you will need to book a sleeper car ahead of time. Do it while you getting your ticket.
Pack earplugs.Trains generate a lot of noise by simply running. Also, other passengers may not be on the same sleep cycle as you, and may be awake chatting while you're trying to fall asleep. Opt for a quality pair of earplugs to make sure you tune out unwanted noise during your travels.
Make a bed with two seats.You will usually have two seats to yourself by nightfall, as most passengers do not take the train overnight. Try to make a small bed by spreading out between two seats if possible.
- You can also make use of a footrest, if your seat comes with one. Sprawling out on the footrest can make sleep easier.
Figure out how to secure your belongings before you board.Unfortunately, there is always a risk of theft when you're sleeping. Make sure to secure your belongings before nodding off on a train.
- If you're in your own compartment, lock the door.
- Keep very valuable belongings, like passports and wallets, on your body while you sleep.
- Bring a cable lock for your luggage and lock suitcases and bags to luggage racks.
Stick to a bedtime.If you're on a train for more than a day, try to establish a sleep schedule. If you attempt to nod off around the same time each night, your'e likely to fall asleep easier. This will make you more rested when you get to your destination.
- If you're only on a train for a night, try to go to sleep around your regular bedtime.
Take advantage of free services.Many trains may have free services to keep you entertained. Taking advantage of this can help you stay engaged on a grueling train ride.
- If there's a common area, there may be board games or other entertainment options there.
- If there is a cafeteria, they may offer meals. Having a sit down meal can be entertaining.
- See if there are any decks for sightseeing.
Download audiobooks or pack physical books.Reading or listening to books can keep you engaged on a long train trip. You may be more engaged with audiobooks, however, as you'll want to take in the scenery without having your head buried in a book.
- Upload some audiobooks on your phone or computer before boarding.
- If you pack physical books, be aware of weight. Bigger books can weigh down your luggage, which can get cumbersome. Opt for slimmer volumes when traveling.
Bring chargers.Most trains provide chargers, especially if you're on an overnight trip. You want to make sure you bring chargers so you can plug in phones, iPods, and laptops. This way, you can keep yourself entertained with movies, television, and music throughout the trip.
Befriend other passengers.Many people make friends on trains. Go to common areas of the train and strike up conversations with fellow passengers. You can meet a lot of interesting people traveling cross country.
- Ask questions like, "Where are you from?" and "Where are you traveling?"
Embrace a sense of adventure.Be open to adventure on your overnight travels. If you go into the experience dreading it, you're unlikely to have fun. See the train ride as a great adventure rather than a burden. If you feel frustrated or overwhelmed at any point, remember you'll have great stories later. Even something like an annoying roommate or a crying baby can be funny in the right light.
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