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I spent 96 hours on the longest train ride in North America — here's what you'll need to survive it

INSIDER Logo By Rachel Askinasi of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 23: 
  On a recent cross-Canadatrain trip, I
  tried my best to be fully prepared. Of course, looking back on my
  trip, there are a few more things I wished I had packed.
  
  I had a limited amount of room in 
    my luggage and chose to leave out certain things I thought
    weren't necessary, like a large, reusable water bottle - that
    was a mistake.
  
  The dry air on the train caused a lot of issues I wasn't
  prepared to solve. Two of those were perpetual thirst and dry
  eyes. 
  
  As I made my way across the country, I built a list of things
  that would have been helpful to have
  along the way, like eye drops. I also made note of a few
  things I did pack that I couldn't have made it through without,
  like shower-friendly flip flops. 
  
  I talked to my fellow travelers as well to see if they had
  any suggestions for anyone who would be embarking on this journey
  in the future.
  
  Here are the five things I wish I packed, and the three
  things I'm grateful that I remembered.
  
  
    Visit Insider's homepage for
    more stories.

  • On a recent cross-Canadatrain trip, I tried my best to be fully prepared. Of course, looking back on my trip, there are a few more things I wished I had packed.
  • I had a limited amount of room in my luggage and chose to leave out certain things I thought weren't necessary, like a large, reusable water bottle - that was a mistake.
  • The dry air on the train caused a lot of issues I wasn't prepared to solve. Two of those were perpetual thirst and dry eyes.
  • As I made my way across the country, I built a list of things that would have been helpful to have along the way, like eye drops. I also made note of a few things I did pack that I couldn't have made it through without, like shower-friendly flip flops.
  • I talked to my fellow travelers as well to see if they had any suggestions for anyone who would be embarking on this journey in the future.
  • Here are the five things I wish I packed, and the three things I'm grateful that I remembered.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
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