I am an experienced traveler, by air and car. But have not done much long distance train travel in the States. A short stint from Chicago to Memphis on the City of New Orleans route in 2001 was that last time I traveled by Amtrak. This spring (March 22) my 8yr old son (the avid train fan) and I plan to travel from Chicago to Tucson on the Texas Eagle, we plan to book a roomette. Some general questions: 1. I don't plan to check baggage, but instead use our backpacking packs for luggage. But is there room in a roomette to stow the packs without tripping over them, or conversly sleeping with them? Would checking a large bag and relying on a smaller day pack be a better option? 2. For booking a roomette, meals are included. Does that mean delivered to the roomette? Or when we go to the dining car we just show our tickets. 3. I'm assuming no blankets are provided, if travelling in March, should we bring some type of sleeping bag or blanket? 4. What are some basic "when travelling long distances by train" tips for us? Thanks!