Wear comfortable clothes
Wear comfortable clothes, especially when travelling in regular seats: jogging pants and a hoodie, or a cotton t-shirt if it's warm, as well as comfortable footwear. If you are in the heat, your feet can swell and you will be uncomfortable for your trip if you aren’t wearing comfortable shoes.
Keep your belongings in view
Keep your belongings in view as much as possible. Remember out of sight out of mind! It’s important to keep your belongings in your eye line as much as possible and keep the most important valuables close to your body: passport/ID, ticket, camera, cash/bank cards and mobile phone.
Learn the Local Language
If you're heading to France and the only French word you know is "Croissant," you might want to brush up on your French skills a bit. Luckily with language apps like Duolingo, you can learn the basics of languages for wherever you're going so you can make sure to mind your P's and Q's in France.
Always do your research
Always do your research before you take a train. Be sure to have a quick Google to see if anyone has anything to say about their experience on the route you are taking. Some routes and train stations are safer than others, so if you’re planning to travel alone on some legs of your journey make sure to take into account where you could be the least safe.
Divide your money and cards
Divide your money and cards. Don’t store your cash and cards all in the same place – this advice can apply to any holiday or adventure you may be on. Accidents happen and people lose wallets and cards all the time when away so make sure you always have a bit of backup money stored in an inside bag slot, pair of socks or anywhere you will remember and keep safe.
Pack a few snacks
Be sure to definitely pack several light snacks and a reusable water bottle when travelling. This is extremely helpful for long train trips or even night trains when you aren't able to just grab a bite to eat. By packing snacks, you'll always have some munchies to snack on and stay hydrated while travelling.
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Post your Travel Plans
If you're heading for a long ride from Berlin to Prague, let a friend know! Since you'll always be travelling a lot to different places, it's good to keep in touch with family and friends so they always know where you are. It's also a good idea to make a quick note to your bank about your travel plans so they can verify your purchases while you're abroad too!
When travelling in a couchette
When travelling in a couchette it is a good idea to change to shorts and t-shirt, the trains can get warm and it's important to be comfortable while you travel. You can change in the washing room/toilets at the end of the carriage and you can have a quick freshen up with some wet wipes to remain comfortable and cool for the duration of the journey.
Earplugs and eye-mask
Earplugs and an eye mask are a good idea when travelling during the day to help you get rested before you arrive at your next destination, and are also handy when travelling at night as the trains can often have lights on. They are free on some night trains and sometimes can also be purchased from the staff.
19:00 h rule for night trains
19:00 h rule for night trains- If a trip on a direct overnight train departs after 19:00 h in the evening and arrives after 04:00 h in the morning, it is only necessary to enter the date of arrival in the travel calendar boxes on the rail pass. This also covers travel between 19:00 h and 24:00 h on the day of departure, as long as the day of departure and arrival both fall within the overall period of the pass validity. When travelling with an overnight ferry covered by the pass, either the date of departure or arrival may be entered in the travel calendar boxes on the ticket.
If a night train arrives
If a night train arrives at your destination very early, you can stay on the train for a little longer to get some rest and then travel back to your destination. This will give you more energy for when you arrive at your destination and you will be able to get straight to it and enjoy yourself without needing a power nap first!