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Discussion in 'Amtrak FAQs & First-Time Rider Info' started by Rail Freak, Apr 15, 2008.
or just watch The Red Green Show...
Found one! He must have said "AFLAK" one too many times! :lol:
I never heard of the Red Green Show until I looked up one of their videos on YouTube. FUNNY! Here's the link to YouTube Videos!
Ha! I've got the t-shirt!
Man, you don't know what you've been missing. I have the movie, not that great but good if you're a fanatic. Too bad the show is out of production now.
To add my two bits.
1 - A couple of large garbage bags. Fold them up and keep them in your suitcase in case you need to walk in the rain.
2 - Atomic alarm clock, fairly cheap $10 or less for the cheapest.
3 - Clothes pin with a plastic hanger hook. Bought at a local grcery store.
Like this Atomic Alarm Clock? I prefer a non-battery wind-up.
I have one, well two, that I got as a pair for under $20 from a offer about 1+ year ago on woot.com . Dang thing keeps excellent time, even out of direct line of sight to the sky(read room in basement), and the single batteries life is excellent, about 8+ months now.
Hah, I just discovered woot.com a couple of days ago.
I don't think it needs to see the sky, it checks time by radio. My home alarm clock does anyway.
http://www.yugster.com/ - Only for 7/22/09
Don't know how good it is but I bought some to take with on my next trip.
Handy Mend It 2-Pack - Fast, Furious Permanent Fabric Repair!
how about a eletric blanket or throw in the winter. they don't use much power maybe 160 watts max depending on model.
I saw this on tv-thought it might be a good idea to take along!Perfect for those who like softer sheets.
But does it cause a conflict if you also use a Slanket?
Ha! Reminds me of the "snuggie" that has been advertised so much lately! :lol:
I would much prefer a flannel sheets-even in summer they are soft & not too hot.
I think it would solve the hot/cold issues sometimes experienced on the train.
I found blanket within pillow to be quite handy on coach, on a long distance train.
Windex for cleaning inside the windows or for soaking a sore elbow (Watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding and you will get the elbow bit)
Flashlight to help you find the tiny little light switch at night.
String/cord for tying back the curtains if the velcro wont stick
pillows Amtrak pillows are fine but if you want more fluff bring your own.
I would add:
Duct tape for making sure the curtains on the door remain closed
Toilet paper since Amtrak issue TP is slick as the Sears catalogue
How do you find the frequencies for a route? Amtrak time tables don't have them and I wouldn't dare do it on a NEC train (take way too short of a trip for it to be worth it). I can't seem to find an online resource for them (unless I am looking at the wrong places). Thinking about taking one with me on the fla trip.
If by "frequencies" you mean the scanner frequencies for Amtrak, you need to head over to OTOL and this page for them.
I got this in an email this morning, and thought it might make a good product to take along on train trips.
I'm in no way connected to the company and get nothing from them.
(I used to work hospice and home health)
No Rinse Bathing Wipes
I read this tip somewhere, for general hotel travel. I think we might try it for the train:
Get one of those hang up pocket things (that are supposed to hold shoes and or accessories). Hang it up in your room/cabin and use it to hold anything. I am thinking cell phone, hairbrush, keys, hairdryer, book, gum, etc.
I found a short one at the dollar store and am looking forward to trying it out!
a...coke..fix..... right... clearly meant the pop here i hope ^_^
rrdude requested I post it here, so here it is:
If traveling in coach, pack a small jar of vicks or other mentholatum rub and apply a dab under your nose if your coach neighbors do not practice the same hygiene habits that you are accustomed to. Also works for those who bring onboard their own malodorous foods.
GLAD WE BROUGHT:
-Small containers for toiletries
-personal electronic devices for entertainment
-cash in small bills
-Ziplock bags (for toiletries) and plastic grocery store bags (for collecting trash and laundry)
-healthy snack items like fruit
WE WILL BRING LESS OF NEXT TIME:
-Clothes! Underwear/socks are the only thing needs changing. Pants and shirts can be worn 2 days in a row.
-books. Never looked at one.
RE: For Colorado travel and touring
I picked up a Colorado Road and Recreation Atlas at Half-Price Books today.
I really like it. It's 144 pages with color detailed landscape maps.
The Amtrak route IS marked!!
It's made by Benchmark Maps of Medford, Ore.
I always have a bag on hand, with everything I'm going to need during the trip - toiletries, pajamas, etc. And I always bring plenty of snacks, since the snack selection onboard can be kind of limited. Binoculars good for enjoying the scenery, and a blanket or two are near necessities if it gets cold at night and I don't want to bother the SCA for one.
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