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Posted 19 March 2017 - 04:43 PM

I'd like to hear them all. Whether in Coach or in a Roomette/Bedroom. what should I bring for an overnight trip on an Amtrak train?  Pillow? Laptop? extra snacks?



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Posted 19 March 2017 - 04:54 PM

If you haven't already checked here (assuming it's accessible by guests), this might answer some/all of your questions.

 

http://discuss.amtra...ime-rider-info/


2011: Jun: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER) // Nov: WIL=>WAS=>CHI=>PRO (NER=>CL=>CZ)
2012: Apr: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER) // May(NTD): WIL=>PHL=>WIL (NER) / PHL=>PAO=>PHL (Keystone) // Aug: WIL=>WAS (NER) / BWI=>WIL (NER) // Oct(Gathering): PHL=>WIL (NER) / PHL=>HAR=>PHL (Keystone) / SEPTA, NJT, PATCO, River Line, Princeton Dinky
2013: May(NTD): WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER)  // Oct (Gathering): WIL=>CHI (Card) / CHI=>MKE=>GLN=>CHI() / CHI=>JOL=>CHI () / CHI=>WIL(CL=>NER) / CTA, Metra. SEPTA (WIL=>NRK) // Nov:  PHL=>PHL (Autumn Express) 
2014: May(NTD):  WIL=>PHL=>WIL(NER) // May:  WIL=>BOS=>WIL(NER) day trip

2014: Oct(Gathering): WIL=>NYP=>TOL(pd-NER=>LSL) / TOL=>CHI=>LAX=>EMY(pts-LSL=>SWC=>CS) / EMY=>CHI=>TOL (pts-CZ-CL) / TOL=>WAS=>WIL(pd-CL=>NER)
2015: May: CHI=>CIN(pd-Card) / CIN=>WIL(pts Card)
2015;  Oct(Gathering):  WIL=>WAS(Acela) / ALX=>WAS(NER) / WAS=>BAL(Acela) / WAS=>WIL(NER)

2016: Mar: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER)  // Oct:  WIL=>NYP=>NYP=>WIL (Autumn Express) 


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 05:28 PM

@AmtrakBlue, strangely, that links to a thread about derailment.

If you want to find your passion, look where your mind goes when it wanders.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 05:48 PM

• Cell phone

• Dentures cleaning container w/strainer.

• Dentures cleaning tablet(s).

• Hearing aid desiccant container w/desiccant

• Spare hearing aid batteries

• Evening and morning medications

• Disposible wash cloths (8 pack for every 2 days)

• Clean underwear

• Change of outer clothes

• Laptop/charger

• DSLR (2)/spare batteries/memory cards/chargers/external micophone (1)/hot shoe flash unit/radio trigger&receiver/2nd lens/sundries for cleaning camera/lenses.

• Tripod/ball head

• GorillaPod

• Beer, Spirits

• 10 oz Stainless steel wine glass (for water, beer, spirits) 

• Snacks

• Travel blanket & travel pillow for (if in Coach)

• Spork/bottle opener/screwdriver/hex wrenches/can opener multi-tool

• 7" tablet w/an e-book on it (JIC).

 

Optional: 20 oz stainless steel backpackers cup, for mixing tuna salad/powdered beverages/etc


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 06:06 PM

@AmtrakBlue, strangely, that links to a thread about derailment.

Strange indeed.  It works for me.  It goes to Amtrak FAQs & First-Time Rider Info


2011: Jun: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER) // Nov: WIL=>WAS=>CHI=>PRO (NER=>CL=>CZ)
2012: Apr: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER) // May(NTD): WIL=>PHL=>WIL (NER) / PHL=>PAO=>PHL (Keystone) // Aug: WIL=>WAS (NER) / BWI=>WIL (NER) // Oct(Gathering): PHL=>WIL (NER) / PHL=>HAR=>PHL (Keystone) / SEPTA, NJT, PATCO, River Line, Princeton Dinky
2013: May(NTD): WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER)  // Oct (Gathering): WIL=>CHI (Card) / CHI=>MKE=>GLN=>CHI() / CHI=>JOL=>CHI () / CHI=>WIL(CL=>NER) / CTA, Metra. SEPTA (WIL=>NRK) // Nov:  PHL=>PHL (Autumn Express) 
2014: May(NTD):  WIL=>PHL=>WIL(NER) // May:  WIL=>BOS=>WIL(NER) day trip

2014: Oct(Gathering): WIL=>NYP=>TOL(pd-NER=>LSL) / TOL=>CHI=>LAX=>EMY(pts-LSL=>SWC=>CS) / EMY=>CHI=>TOL (pts-CZ-CL) / TOL=>WAS=>WIL(pd-CL=>NER)
2015: May: CHI=>CIN(pd-Card) / CIN=>WIL(pts Card)
2015;  Oct(Gathering):  WIL=>WAS(Acela) / ALX=>WAS(NER) / WAS=>BAL(Acela) / WAS=>WIL(NER)

2016: Mar: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER)  // Oct:  WIL=>NYP=>NYP=>WIL (Autumn Express) 


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 06:06 PM

Duct tape and ear plugs come in handy at times.



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Posted 19 March 2017 - 08:22 PM

 

@AmtrakBlue, strangely, that links to a thread about derailment.

Strange indeed.  It works for me.  It goes to Amtrak FAQs & First-Time Rider Info

 

Works correctly here too!


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 08:44 PM

Earplugs, headphones, chargers for my laptop and phone, and a book or two (depending on the length of the trip).


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 08:53 PM

 

@AmtrakBlue, strangely, that links to a thread about derailment.

Strange indeed.  It works for me.  It goes to Amtrak FAQs & First-Time Rider Info
 
Works correctly here too!

Hmmm, I don't know why it's not working for me. I'm using the iPhone app. Anyway, sorry to have derailed the thread.

If you want to find your passion, look where your mind goes when it wanders.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 11:28 PM

I'd like to hear them all. Whether in Coach or in a Roomette/Bedroom. what should I bring for an overnight trip on an Amtrak train?  Pillow? Laptop? extra snacks?

 

I bring all those things.  I don't really travel light, although I am always able to get around on transit, etc.  


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 12:49 AM

My essentials:

Tickets
ID and drivers license
Insurance card
Credit card and ATM card
Cash
Phone (plus charging cable and small backup power supply)
Extension cord
A pen and small pad
Sunglasses
Meds
Toothbrush & paste
Deodorant
Hairbrush
Soap & shampoo
Skin moisturizer
Nail clippers
Eye drops
Eyeglass case
Refillable water bottle
Clorox wipes or Lysol wipes
Clothes, undergarments and pj's
Sweater, jacket, hat, gloves, scarf (depending on destination)
Shower shoes


Not essential but usually with me when I travel:

Entertainment (audio books, knitting, and a downloaded movie or two, sketch book)

Bathing suit, cover-up and sunscreen depending on destination. Maybe bug repellent.

Towel (which also can be used as a "blanket" or folded as a pillow.)

Small folded tote bags because you never know

Laundry detergent pods, depending on length of trip. Mesh laundry bag.

Binder clips (hold curtains closed. Can be used as clothes pins to hang just about anything.)

A few bandaids, polysporin, Tylenol, a thermometer, a couple of cough drops.

Herbal teabags, a mug that I like, some snacks, a Tupperware-type container, small silverware.

If you want to find your passion, look where your mind goes when it wanders.


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 08:21 AM

As a balding guy, I find the aircon blasting down is often too cold, so a wool hat is essential. In coach, I like to have a blanket too. I always carry an electric travel kettle, but have only used that in roomettes. :D

Things can go wrong, delays, etc, so I bring some long life food items aboard too.

 

Travel light is the best advice, but the older I get, the more junk I seem to carry !

 

 

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 12:49 AM

I bring a neck gaitor that I wear over my head as a balaclava to (a) keep my head warm from any cold air drafts, and (b) to keep my foam earplugs in my ears, which tend to all out when I roll around in the roomette bed or when reclined all the way back in a coach seat overnight.



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