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How To Make Long-Distance Train Journeys Easy

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Whether you’re making a long-distance train journey for business, a weekend away exploring or visiting family and friends you’ll want to be as comfortable as possible so you can sit back, relax and watch the countryside roll by.

Here are our essentials for long train journeys:

Take entertainment

There’s nothing worse than facing a long train journey with just you, your thoughts and a big window staring back at you so packing something to keep you entertained is essential.

A book is always the top of our list and if we’re away for a while an e-reader with all the best-sellers on helps delay the boredom.

A pack of cards is always useful on long distances as there are plenty of solo games you can play as well as ones suitable for multiple players- you may even make some train friends!

Person reading a newspaper on a long train journey
Photo by Ana Martin on Unsplash

We also like to download tv programmes and films on our tablet or phone for long journeys, especially if we’re taking the train to abroad and want to watch the latest Beeb drama.

Travel in First Class

For those long train journeys upgrade to a First Class ticket for a more comfortable journey so you’ll arrive feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

With extra legroom, free WiFi, and table service, a First Class carriage offers passengers a relaxing and enjoyable experience. If you’re travelling late into the night First Class carriages tend to be quieter and often have reclining seats making it easier to have a nap too.

Take a travel pillow

Train seats aren’t renowned for their comfort, so having a travel pillow that can also be packed neatly away can help you drop off to sleep on those long journeys.

There are a plethora of travel pillows available, all you have to do is choose which one suits your style of sleep the most.

If you have a window seat a traditional pillow style will work as you can rest your pillow- and your head against the window itself, if however, you have an aisle seat the traditional horseshoe shape travel pillow might be more suitable as it offers your neck some support.

Wear layers

Travelling on long train journeys can often mean you’re subjected to varying temperatures, which is why travelling with plenty of layers is essential.

Choose breathable natural fabrics as well as clothing that is comfortable- there’s a reason athleisurewear is worn by so many on long-distance journeys!

Vest and t-shirts layered under a jumper, with a light jacket is a classic combination, as is an oversized scarf that can also double up as a blanket or pillow.

Now all you need to do is decide where you want to go!

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