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What comforts of home do you do you bring with you on your Amtrak stay?

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dogbert617

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I am fairly minimalist, but that's because I like to travel as light as possible.

I do like to get some decent healthy snacks, especially as insurance if there are any issues with the meal service. In Chicago, I really like the selection of food at the Amazon Go store in the Ogilvie Transportation Center (500 West Madison). It's all packaged to go, which makes it very convenient.
I still have visited any of those Amazon Go stores, and funny enough I've spotted that one several times on my more recent brief visits into Ogilvie. Dumb question, but is it a requirement that you have the Amazon Go app downloaded onto your phone before you visit that store? I should visit there, or the store that took over half of the former Books-A-Million(across from Revival Food Hall) in the Loop, one of these days.
 

Thirdrail7

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Someone recently brought their porn on board and proceeded to watch it in coach. I'm sure you can image how that went over.

This may be better placed in the "if you can't sleep on the train" thread.
 
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Part of my travel adventure starts with the packing, reducing creature comforts to luggage I can drag & lift myself across country. #youpackityouliftit

1. Travel fan - personally essential when Amtrak fails with climate control (have yet to travel through winter)
2. Inflatable camping air mattress.... yep! 🙃 *deflated, slides folded into a luggage side pocket
3. Bota box bladder of pino noir ... don't worry, it has a slow leak and lasts for return
4. Packet of Clorox wipes (it's obvious that Covid cleansing is not happening in bedrooms!)
5. Hotel slippers - disposable
6. Travel size fabreeze
7. Party lights for ambiance...

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Wondering if anyone has ideas for a travel size food warmer? (REALLY don't want to eat their microwaved apocalypse bunker food anymore)
 

Palmland

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Only wine with 2 glasses, a very small charger for 2 iPhones and 2 iPads, pre Amtrak timetables to identify small towns and perhaps old RR points of interest, and knife with cutting board for cutting fresh veggies or cheese purchased at local markets.
 

niemi24s

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. . .pre Amtrak timetables to identify small towns and perhaps old RR points of interest,. . .
I find the Amtrak Route Guides (long gone) are only a starting point to identify what I'm looking at out the windows. I supplement them with my own home-made ones made up by following along the route to be taken using:

• scrollable topographic maps at MyTopo Free Online Topo Maps
• Google Earth Pro at Install & uninstall Google Earth Pro - Google Earth Help
• FRA maps here https://fragis.fra.dot.gov/GISFRASafety/
• one or two others I've forgotten about.

The FRA maps are invaluable for finding the path of passenger rail in urban areas or others where it's uncertain which way your train will go and adding occasional mileposts to the list for things of particular interest. Here's a small section of one for the TE:

TE Route Places (Sample).jpg
I'll also add symbols for tunnels, bridges and named sidings as they're identifiable by sound alone. The one for the EB has about 450 entries.
 
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oregon pioneer

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Wondering if anyone has ideas for a travel size food warmer? (REALLY don't want to eat their microwaved apocalypse bunker food anymore)
Now you've got me thinking. I have only used this little kettle for making tea and coffee, but it would certainly work for instant meals. And I know where to find good quality, organic instant meals: MaryJanesFarm | Food, Instant & Quick Prep

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This is a Bonavita 0.5L mini kettle, uses only about 600 Watts so no issues with the power supply. You can find them om Amazon and Ebay. I bought one on ebay that was "stained" and could hardly see what they meant by stains. It was in the box and looked new (well, maybe not perfect).
 

NS VIA Fan

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When travelling.....I want to go as light as possible. On a long weekend I can usually get away with just a back-pack. For a week or so.....I'll also take a small roll-aboard.

And up until a couple of years ago on my railfan adventures....... I’d load up a carry-on with two cameras (still and video) laptop, GPS, an assortment of timetables, maps, atlases and track-guides, a folder with my tickets and reservations plus several magazines. Now that’s all in my pocket on my phone. A better experience that lugging a bunch of stuff around!

Everything I need is on my phone from my VIA and Amtrak, Transit and Commuter Rail Ticket Apps to Reservation Apps for Hotels and Airlines along with some great Mapping and GPS Apps plus the electronic versions of a couple of magazines. I even find the camera quality better than what I had before.

But right now.....it all a moot-point! The 'Ocean' isn't running and I have no desire to get on a plane .....and if I left the 'Atlantic Bubble' I'd be faced with at least a 14 day quarantine when I return. So now I just pile my 'comforts of home' into the car and head off.....
 

jiml

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But right now.....it all a moot-point! The 'Ocean' isn't running and I have no desire to get on a plane .....and if I left the 'Atlantic Bubble' I'd be faced with at least a 14 day quarantine when I return. So now I just pile my 'comforts of home' into the car and head off.....
I feel your pain. I was supposed to be on the Ocean shortly, heading to New Brunswick to meet newly-found family members. At least Maritimers have a bubble to travel within. Our situation is confusing to say the least and many believe another lock-down is imminent as cases soar in some regions nearby.
 

Eric in East County

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One of the “essentials” we pack along with us on our long-distance trips is a small, battery operated digital clock with large red numerals. It allows us to keep track of the time in our bedroom at night after the lights are turned out. When we travel west on the Southwest Chief, it is particularly useful when we have to get up in the dark in order to get breakfast, which is always early to accommodate the arrival in Los Angeles

Eric and Pat
 
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