How to Pack for a Train Trip in Europe

How to Pack for a Train Trip in Europe
Traveling through Europe by train is a great way to see the most historical cities in the West. Luckily, most of the continent is connected by rail. Taking the train in Europe is a convenient and generally affordable way to travel from place to place. When packing for a trip by train, it is important to consider several things. These packing tips will help make your train trip go more smoothly.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Suitcase Plastic zipper bags Clothing Toiletries
  • Suitcase
  • Plastic zipper bags
  • Clothing
  • Toiletries

Choosing the Right Suitcase

Step 1
Look for a bag that is not too large. Luggage space is limited on passenger trains, so smaller bags are easier to stow.
Step 2
Find a bag with wheels. Boarding and disembarking from a train is fast-paced business, and rolling luggage will be quicker and easier to transport on and off trains and up and down platforms.
Step 3
Look for bags with extra pockets and storage compartments. Use these parts of your luggage to hold things that you may need to access quickly while traveling, such as snacks or extra reading material.

Packing Your Suitcase

Step 1
Bring only what you need. Since you may have to maneuver quickly through narrow corridors with your baggage, smaller, lighter bags are best.
Step 2
Roll your clothing, rather than folding it, to maximize space. Rolling pants and shirts causes them to take up less space in the suitcase, allowing for use of a smaller bag and leaving more space for toiletries, souvenirs and other items. Rolling clothing will also help to prevent wrinkling in transit.
Step 3
Pack toiletries and any other liquid items inside of plastic zipper bags or other plastic-lined bags. Bags can be jostled around or crammed tightly in train luggage holds. Taking this precautionary step will protect your clothing and other belongings, in case a bottle breaks or leaks.

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