Then we want to give all future interrailers quite a few tips:
- Bring flip-flops. The bathroom floors in youth hostels may often be wet and dirty.
- Remember to charge your cell phone before every journey. If you get problems, a dead cell phone won?t do you any good.
- Bring more food than you really need on every train trip. You never know if you will be delayed, and the food they serve on the trains is overprized.
- Bring a blanket on all long train trips. You can get cold both on night and day trains.
- Earplugs and ?sleeping glasses? are your best friends if you want to sleep on a train or at a noisy youth hostel.
- Choose youth hostels instead of hotels. It?s cheaper and you will definitely meet new people.
- Bring cutlery, a pocketknife, a plate etc. This might come in handy if you cook for yourself.
- Always bring toilet paper or Kleenex. There is not always paper on the train toilets.
- Antibac is an interrailer´s best friend.
- Try to avoid high-speed trains. They might bring you faster to your goal, but they?re expensive to reserve (TGV: 18?)
- Reserve as many train tickets as possible. If not you may experience that trains are full and you have to change your plans, which often requires more money.
- Travel in comfy clothes.
- Keep a diary. Details and experiences are easily forgotten.
- Painkillers are great for hangovers.
- Take with you at least one plastic bag for dirty laundry or waste.
- Bring a padlock. If you sleep in a dormitory in a youth hostel, they mostly have lockers.
- A notebook and a pen are helpful if you need to write down an address, a name etc.
- Shop in supermarkets and cook your own food instead of going to restaurants every day. It?s cheaper, and may bring new friendships.
- On hot days and trains without air condition, a fan is a must.
- Watch over your bags (especially in larger cities). The pickpockets know what they?re doing.
- Don?t plan too long distances on your trip. It?s much more fun to spend more time in each country, not just seeing only one city and then move on to the next country.
- 90% of the people you meet are friendly ? watch out for the remaining 10%!
- Have fun!
This has been an amazing trip, and we?ve experienced so much more than we?ve been able to express here. Interrail must be experienced at least one time during your life. Surprisingly enough, you won?t be as tired of taking trains as you might believe ? at least we aren?t. We hope you had fun reading our blog and we look forward to new adventures in the future!
Ellen & Ida