Travel by train is becoming more and more popular as people begin to recognize the beauty of 'slow travel.' Additionally, traveling by train, such as Amtrak, allows passengers to get views of lesser-seen parts of the country while enjoying some personal space and the luxury of not dealing with an airline or a car rental. In today's day and age, Amtrak is often one of the more affordable methods of transportation - which is a highlight, in itself.

So, what should one be packing for their big Amtrak trip? That is a tougher question to answer but, luckily, it's one that we have a list for. When traveling via Amtrak, here's the ultimate packing list of what to bring.

10 Food, Such As Snacks To Enjoy On The Train

A perk of train travel is that passengers are permitted to bring their own snacks. Rather than being provided with complimentary peanuts as one would be on a plane, train passengers can bring their own granola bars, chips, pretzels, candies, trail mix, fresh fruit, veggie sticks, sandwiches, or even an entire packed lunch if the train car does not have a cafe option. This also applies to non-alcoholic beverages such as water, juices, tea, and coffee.

9 Hand Sanitizer & Cleansing Wipes

These two things are especially important following the pandemic. Hand sanitizer has become a common travel item while sanitizing wipes are more common for those taking public transportation, such as the train. When it comes to wiping down handrails, dining trays, tabletops, and seat handles, this is a great thing to have on hand. With the advent of travel-sized products, this is now easier than ever to pack in a suitcase or carry-on while remaining easily accessible throughout the duration of the trip.

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8 Books, Magazines, And Anything That Doesn't Need To Be Charged

While charging ports can be found on trains, it's not always easy to charge electronics, especially during long-haul rides. In this case, there's nothing better than an old-fashioned book or a magazine to pass the time. Even puzzle books such as sudoku or crosswords can be useful in passing the time while keeping a person sharp. For kids, coloring books are always a great option!

7 Kindle, iPads, And Tablets

For shorter trips or for those who are in the habit of fully charging their electronics prior to traveling, these are all great ways to pass the time. Not only can reading material be accessed from these, but users can also download games, writing apps, or anything else that might occupy their time while on the train. Additionally, these can be used to keep in touch with people via social media while on the road, so to speak.

6 Neck Pillows, Blankets, And Other Comfort Items

Similar to the plane, these things can also be helpful on a train. Even more helpful, in fact, because there will usually be slightly more room on board a train. Neck pillows can help with an otherwise uncomfortable seat for those who are not in a first-class seat, and blankets can help with chilly train car conditions. Additional comfort items include cozy socks, a favorite sweatshirt, a face mask or eye covering, and even a small travel pillow.

5 Cash Along With Credit Cards

Looking to order something from the cafe on the train? Better to have cash! In general, it's a good idea to have some cash when traveling, especially when it comes to small purchases like food and the like. Additionally, cash is a good thing to keep on hand in the event that one needs to tip for a service.

4 Any Medicine Necessary For Motion Sickness

While slightly less common than seasickness, motion sickness can happen on a train. For those who are prone to getting queasy on any moving mode of transportation, it's always a good idea to pack something like Dramamine or Sea-Bands in order to allay the effects of this feeling while in motion. Even if one doesn't think they'll need it, it can't hurt to have it anyway.

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3 Ear Plugs Or Noise-Cancelling Headphones

There's always some kind of white noise when it comes to traveling, whether it's the hum of a plane engine or the rumble of a car engine. On the train, this can include people chatting, the sound of the wheels against the rails, the echo from a tunnel, or a general buzz from the engine. In order to cancel all of this out, passengers might appreciate having earplugs or noise-canceling headphones to find some peace and quiet.

2 Toiletry Bag With The Essentials

For those who are in it for the long haul on an Amtrak, it never hurts to have a toiletry kit handy. This can be packed with anything from a toothbrush and toothpaste to a hairbrush and travel-sized hair products. Basically, anything one might need in order to freshen up between stops is worth having in an emergency toiletry bag.

1 Chargers Or A Universal Adapter

For those bringing tech products on the train, it's important to remember chargers. One way to do this is to pack each charger separately or, in the case of each product requiring a USB port in order to charge, passengers might opt to bring only one adapter while bringing charging cords (without the adaptor parts) to lighten the load.