India is a vast and not a country that can be explored in a week, or let alone several weeks,
If you are a backpacker intent on seeing most of the beauty India has to offer, you must travel across it and there is no better way to do it than the locals do; via overnight trains.
The Indian overnight trains as with any other trains found in other parts of the world need some preparation for and we are here to show you how.
1. Book a good seat
There are several classes of tickets onboard the overnight trains of India. We recommend being a little generous and buying a ticket that will allow you to have a nice bed.
Remember that the cheaper the ticket is, the more neighbors you will have.
2. Dress for the occasion
Sleeper trains traverse across many geographies and the weather in India ranges from extreme heat to chilly.
Pack a sweater or a few layers so that you won’t be left freezing or boiling.
3. Carry your essentials
Taking overnight trains is a tiring affair and it’s important to keep fresh in order to look fresh.
Make sure you have a separate bag for contact lens water, face wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste, perfume, moisturizer and any other essentials you might need in a hurry instead of digging through all your luggage.
4. Be charged up
Some trains have options for charging your devices while some do not. The ones that do allow you to charge your devices might have different power outputs, so do be mindful.
We recommend charging your devices well in advance to avoid being left without dead devices. A power bank would do wonder too!
5. Stock up on food
There are food carts on the night train and their offerings are quite cheap.
They do not, however, offer many choices and it is best you bring your own food if suffering from food allergies or sensitivities.
Don’t forget to try the chai tea served onboard the train. It’s the best chai we at Travset have tried to date!
6. Get hygienic
Carry some wet wipes and disinfectant. You wouldn’t want to fall sick.
7. Protect your valuables
As always protect your valuables when on the train.
You wouldn’t want to a victim of theft while you were taking a nap.
8. Talk to your neighbors
Overnight trains are long and sometimes dreary.
Talk to your neighbors, make some friends and you might find yourself learning valuable information about your destination.
Remember, there is no better source for local information than a local.
9. Be ready for bumps and noise
The training infrastructure is widespread but could do more for comfort.
It is, therefore, best to bring a good pillow, eye mask, and earplugs to ensure your sleep is as comfortable as it could be.
10. Don’t be afraid to claim your seat
You might discover someone else in the seat you booked yourself.
Don’t be afraid to produce your ticket and claim your seat.
If the language is a barrier enlist the help of someone nearby to assist you.