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    27 Essentials For Long Train Rides

    "Are we there yet..."

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    1. An Energizer clip-on light that can be easily slipped on over that engrossing thriller paperback you're reading. Rather than turning on the overhead light (which will make your seatmates want to murder you), this allows you to continue reading without disturbing anyone's beauty sleep.

    the light

    2. A mini cushioned Ostrich Pillow you can slip on over your hand for deep sleep that feels genuinely restful (no small feat on a bumpy train ride). Prop open your tray table, rest your hand, then rest your head. *falls asleep immediately*

    3. A memory foam foot rest because maybe they advertised that your seat will have one, but guess what? It's not functioning. This little sling allows you to truly ~kick your feet up~ and relax, promoting circulation and helping you feel less cramped than in your tiny seat.

    reviewer using the foot rest

    4. A Béis seatback organizer you can attach directly to the back-seat pocket. This keeps everything (wallet, phone, chapsticks, earbuds) neatly tucked away but within reach at all times. Another very important bonus? Long gone will be the days of forgetting anything on the back of a train chair.

    the organizer

    5. A stainless steel Takeya water bottle designed with double-wall isolation to keep your drink colder than Vanilla Ice himself. This bottle keeps cold drinks ice cold for up to 24 hours, and can keep hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours.

    reviewer picture of hand holding black water bottle

    6. Or! A collapsible Nomader water bottle you can roll up and stow away when not in use, the perfect accessory to pack if your weekender tote is basically about to burst.

    7. Uno cards to pass the time — because unfortunately, Floo powder has yet to become available to us muggles via Amazon. Fingers crossed it lands on Prime, pronto.

    8. A portable stand that transforms your train tray table into a personal movie theatre. Download some movies onto your phone or tablet, prop 'em on this thing, and BAM! Just break out some snacks and the discomfort of traveling will be completely forgotten.

    the stand

    9. A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines by Anthony Bourdain, which chronicles equal parts travel and fare. From Cambodia to Portugal, you'll learn about the power food holds in cultures around the world — the perfect read to hype you up en route to a new destination.

    the book

    10. Or! A copy of Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass that's a book of poems written by the one, the only, Lana Del Rey. If Born To Die has been your entire personality since 2012, you'll appreciate this equally moody and moving prose.

    the book

    11. High-waisted flare pants available in 16 colors and, consider this a warning, so comfy you'll want to stock up on every one. Over 8,000 reviewers swear that these babies are heaven in clothing form — buttery soft, amazingly stretchy, and perfect for any occasion.

    12. Blue Diamond gourmet almonds with garlic, herb, and olive oil best described as divine. These are — and I can't stress this enough — the epitome of love at first bite. Ideal for when you're feeling snacky on a long train ride.

    the almond package

    13. A portable pack of soap sheets that will certainly come in ~handy~ because train toilets — and the decorative dispensers that never contain soap — shouldn't have to feel like the enemy.

    The pink plastic container with ears and a nose, plus the pink paper-thin soap sheets

    14. A waterproof Kindle Paperwhite with a built-in adjustable light that makes reading easy wherever you go, whether it's sunlit beaches or an overnight train ride in which you can't turn on the overhead light for fear of being hated by your aisle mates. Plus, a single battery charge lasts for weeks.

    15. A matching set that is both comfy and très trendy. Zipping off to buy paperbacks you'll never read? Running to grab coffee from the dining cart? Buying an overpriced glass of wine? This cozy duo is perfect for all train ride travel scenarios.

    reviewer wearing the green set

    16. A lipstick-sized portable charger so that your phone DOES NOT DIE in the middle of that Law & Order: SVU season you downloaded SPECIFICALLY for this train ride. And while trains offer a USB port on each chair, we know the drill. Sometimes they don't work. When they do, it takes one million hours to get it up to a full charge. It's fine. We're fine.

    the charger

    17. An Invisibobble you’ll want to start carrying around on your wrist whilst traveling. This genius accessory will keep your mane out of your face without causing any dents, plus the gentle design won't pull or tug on your hair. An uncomfortably tight pony = the bane of my existence.

    18. An essential oil roll-on stick packed with peppermint, spearmint, and lavender essential oils. When you feel a travel migraine coming on, just apply this to your temples, forehead, and the back of your neck for a blast of cool relief. Not only will this lessen that pesky headache, but it also smells divine.

    the stick

    19. A memory foam seat cushion with an ergonomic design and gel layer that prevents bad posture and provides ultimate support. If your tush tends to hurt after a mere three seconds of sitting, this will take your train ride from "this is taking forever" to "wow, these last five hours breezed by."

    20. A travel tray perfect for any accompanying kiddos. This collapsible accessory is equipped with a detachable cup holder, iPad viewing stand for Cocomelon marathons, side storage pockets for toys and other knickknacks, plus a dry erase drawing surface base.

    reviewer using the tray

    21. A longline padded tank that reaps the versatility of a tank with the sweet, sweet support of underwire thanks to a body-hugging fit. TL;DR: going braless will have never felt so secure.

    22. A Calpak lunch bag that scoffs in the face of brown paper bag's past. This stylish drawstring is waterproof, has a wipeable interior for inevitable spills and messes, contains multiple pockets for organization, and is insulated — ergo your cold cut sandwich won't be soggy 20 minutes into that long train ride.

    the leopard drawstring bag

    23. A copy of Mad Libs on the Road reviewers swear is an affordable and super entertaining way to curb all "are we there yet?" whining. It functions the way any Mad Lib activity does: Choose random verbs and nouns to fill in the blanks — a hilarious story and keepsake in one.

    24. A splurge-worthy Slip sleep mask crafted from pure silk that feels like [insert something very soft here] against your skin. And! As opposed to any cotton alternatives, this won't absorb moisture from your complexion or cause bedhead.

    the white and black marble sleep mask

    25. An elastic belt sans buckle, that way you won't feel a piece of metal digging into your belly button while you're eating your delicious train ride meal. Mmmm, fresh cold cut sandwiches.

    model using the belt

    26. A neck pillow with chin support designed to help your head remain upright. This'll prevent your noggin from falling down whenever you begin to snooze, which means no neck pain/sudden waking up whenever your head droops to low.

    the neck pillow

    27. Silicone ear grips for your favorite pair of prescription frames. These anti-slip holders basically ensure that your glasses stay put, meaning constant re-adjusting and slipping down your nose? A thing of the past! Plus, these won't dig into your skin and give you a headache for hours-long train rides.

    tortoiseshell frames with black silicone grippers

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