Must-have items to pack for overnight train trip

We are about to hop the Amtrak Southwest Chief train from Naperville, Illinois to Albuquerque, New Mexico on our summer vacation to Sedona, Arizona. There was quite a lot of planning and below is my overnight packing list for our train trip which is about a 20 hour train ride.

Overnight Train Trip Packing List

  • headphones or ear buds
  • sheet, micro-fiber or thin blanket or light sleeping bag
  • comfy shoes aka crocs
  • cell phone, charger cable with USB block and portable charger for cell phone
  • laptop and charger
  • toiletries – in small bottles for flying too including bar soap, toothpaste and brush and deodorant
  • something to read, something to write with and journal
  • a few DVDs or download your fav neflix or Amazon Prime movies ahead of time onto your mobile device
  • wallet, ID and cash
  • disposable water bottle, because we will fly and will throw this away at end of trip
  • snacks: summer sausage, pocket knife, gorp, mints, gum
  • bottle of wine or wiskey or both!
  • travel pillow aka moosh-moosh
  • ear plugs
  • 4 nights of cloths including hoodie or fleece jacket
  • playing cards & gemz card game
  • baby wipes
  • Crocks or water shoes
  • Swim suit
  • Hat
  • Masks
  • Sunglasses

I’ll continue to publish about our Southwest USA vacation as we move through the trip!

Feature Photo by Essow from Pexels

Exploring the Southwest USA on Amtrak Southwest Chief and driving to Sedona AZ

Last week, Contributor Marilyn (Grandma, as my kids refer to her) set her sights, with her friend, on a two-week long sightseeing trek around the Southwest (USA). I’m pleased to present this update from her including excerpts from her friend Susan, which comes to you as she’s on the road traveling via train from Chicago to NM to pickup a car rental with select accommodations as they enjoy traveling USA’s Southwest.

Leaving from the Midwest

We kicked off the trip leaving the Chicago area and traveling the first leg via Amtrak’s Southwest Chief. I haven’t taken a train trip in 20 years and it’s hard to believe that I’ll arrive in New Mexico tomorrow morning. If we were driving it would take 2 1/2 days. Wow! And, round trip, it was only $200. Much cheaper than paying for motels, food, and gas.

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