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.