Always chain your luggage
Train in India My luggage has always been chained to the under-seat links. I didn’t realize how much protection they offered until I lost my chain and my luggage was stolen. It’s always safer to be safe than sorry. Lock your luggage and make sure it’s attached to the train so you don’t get a nasty surprise.
Order your food in advance
Indian Railways offers a food service on all trains, and they do a great job catering to large groups of people. However, there are not many options. Travel Khana is a great online ordering platform for food. Order online and someone will deliver fresh food to your station. There are many meal options available and the food is prepared in local restaurants. You can choose from a thali or dosa, or even biryani.
Be ready for noisy neighbors
While I enjoy getting as much sleep as possible while on trains, my neighbors don’t feel the same. To block out noise, you can wear earplugs and an eye mask. This will allow you to sleep uninterrupted, so you can wake up refreshed and ready for the day.
Always bring extra food
Train journeys can sometimes take longer than expected or make unexpected stops in the middle of nowhere. In case of an unexpected delay or problem, you might want to bring extra water and snacks. A great accompaniment to hot tea is a cup of hot tea, I always have some biscuits and nuts with me.
Take the time for yourself
Even though train rides can be lengthy, especially for those traveling alone, it is possible to spend uninterrupted time doing nothing. This time can be spent wisely and for things that you might not normally have the time to do in your daily life. On long trips, I always take a large book with me. It is a great way to read through the entire book. You can catch up with old movies, meet new people, or just stare out at the windows and take in all that India has to give.