Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - YOUR VIEW -

Euro­pean rail travel is an ex­cel­lent way to see the coun­try­side. How­ever, most in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal trains re­quire you to leave your suit­case in the lug­gage bay of your car­riage, usu­ally close to the open­ing doors. This can leave the pos­si­bil­ity of thieves snatch­ing your suit­case and tak­ing it off the train when the train stops at a sta­tion. It can all hap­pen so quickly you may not even know the suit­case has been stolen un­til you ar­rive at your des­ti­na­tion, es­pe­cially if you are up­stairs or down­stairs from the lug­gage bay.

I al­ways travel with a bi­cy­cle chain with a com­bi­na­tion lock to se­cure my suit­case to the lug­gage bay rail­ing. It also means other pas­sen­gers can’t re­lo­cate your suit­case. VICKI HEDGES


Dry­ing clothes can be a chal­lenge on hol­i­days, es­pe­cially while trav­el­ling on fast-paced tours. I al­ways carry at least four in­flat­able coathang­ers, eight plas­tic pegs and a good qual­ity large mi­crofi­bre towel. You can wash your clothes in your ac­com­mo­da­tion the night be­fore, squeeze out the ex­tra wa­ter then roll in the mi­crofi­bre towel.

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