Luggage on Trains

Jul 1st, 2013, 08:05 PM
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hire a porter and he will assist with the luggage...$$ well spent..

driving would make things much easier... I've done that easy drive twice and the countryside is beautiful..

try to hook up with ingo in Dresden... he knows everything about dresden
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Jul 1st, 2013, 08:16 PM
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>>hire a porter and he will assist with the luggage...$$ well spent..<<

. . . except that many (most?) stations don't have porters hanging around.
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Jul 2nd, 2013, 02:53 AM
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I can handle the luggage myself. The bus is much cheaper than the trains and I don't have to worry about how to store my bags. Since these are only about 2 hour trips it seems like the best solution.
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Jul 2nd, 2013, 04:13 AM
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Hi BillT,
I'm Czech who lives in Prague. The national railway company "České dráhy" provides terrible service, but it is mostly because of their monopolistic status (state-owned). The trains are old and dirty, there is no cabin crew on most lines..
There are a few info on their website about luggage so check it out: http://www.cd.cz/vnitrostatni-cestov...vazadla/-8890/

I reccomend private held company "Student Aggency" who provides trains and buses from Czech to neighboring countries including Germany. I'm not sure wheter the trains go to Germany too or just buses go to Germany.. anyway Student Agency services are on much much higher level, trains are new, cabin crew is helpful, toilets are clean etc.. and the price is not that high - in some cases Student Agency is cheaper than České dráhy..
http://jizdenky.studentagency.cz/?wi...erface=:0:1:::
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Jul 2nd, 2013, 08:19 AM
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I normally take 12 kgs of luggage for a two week trip with one wash day. These fit happily in two saddle bags either side of my bike. What do you guys need to take half way around the world that you cannot get where you are going?
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Jul 2nd, 2013, 10:31 AM
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I can't travel for 2 weeks with only a 22" suitcase, either. I travel with a lightweight 25" and a carryon (but that carryon is not another 22" suitcase, of course, a smaller tote bag). I've taken that train and it was perfectly nice (from Prague to Dresden), I don't know why someone would say it is bad. It was a good train, modern and clean.

I don't remember anything unusual about that train trip, so I must have easily found a place for my bag at the end of the car or something.
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Jul 2nd, 2013, 10:40 AM
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Guys- most women (of course not all- and then there is the occasional man as well- Carol's husband)) need a lot of stuff when they travel. More than one hand bag, several shoes, makeup, brushes, conditioners, etc. And they don't like wearing the same clothes more than a day or so- when you put it all together it requires a regular checked suitcase and a carry on. Of course then there is the requisite shopping so room is needed for that. I need more than a carry on if we are gone for 12-14 days- not allowing for washing which we may or not have an opportunity to do. Others can get away with less but alas not us.
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Jul 2nd, 2013, 11:20 AM
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"Others can get away with less but alas not us"

You could if you wanted to. Clearly you just don't want to. Your choice, but it is a choice. I'm female, and I travel for months at a time, not weeks, with a carry-on size bag (although I check it) and a day bag. (Packing list here: http://mytimetotravel.wordpress.com/...take-part-one/ ) I choose not to shop, too.

If you want to travel heavy, go ahead, but recognize that you are choosing to do that, it's not forced on you. I choose not t travel with more than I can carry, and I can't carry much.
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Jul 2nd, 2013, 01:22 PM
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I normally travel with a big suitcase plus a daypack for 14 days and my packing is something along the lines of "how many T-Shirts did I put in already? Ah, too lazy to look, so throw in five more". So I end up with a suitcase of 40-50 pounds and I had no problem taking the train from Dresden to Prague which I did several times.

If you take a cab to Berlin main station and then you take another from Prague main station to your Hotel, you just need to lift the suitcase on and off the train. To be certain, it'd be great if you could lift the suitcase over head to some storage bin but even otherwise there's always a solution.

As for safety of the luggage, I wouldn't leave a winning lottery ticket in a suitcase I can't keep an eye on but in 25 years of quite a lot of private and business all over Europe I've never lost anything and I don't know anyone who did. I have no explanation why there isn't a lot of theft but I'm more concerned about a five minute ride in the Paris Metro than about leaving my suitcase for a few hours without supervision in a train.
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Jul 2nd, 2013, 01:24 PM
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>>You could if you wanted to. Clearly you just don't want to. Your choice, but it is a choice. <<

Absolutely! I'm also female and also travel for any length trip w/ a 21 inch roll aboard and medium sized handbag. Usually carried on - occasionally checked - but never larger than 21". And I don't dress like a schlubb . . .
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Jul 2nd, 2013, 01:47 PM
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Luggage on Trains
Posted by: BillT on Jul 1, 13 at 8:05am
For our Europe trip we will be taking trains from Prague to Dresden to Berlin. I'm wondering how much luggage we will be able to take aboard. Usually on our trips we take two large suitcases and two carry on bags. We will be gone for about 14 days.


For an idea of luggage storage available on trains see the photos in http://tinyurl.com/eym5b. There is usually extra space at the end of the car and sometimes between back-to-back seats. You'll be in three cities which surely have laundromats or hotel cleaning service. You say that you are bringing "large" bags but don't specify the size. If you are using a 30" bag check the weight and your airline's rules before bringing it to the airport.
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Jul 2nd, 2013, 02:38 PM
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No they don't. Or at least I don't. If you don't want to "pack light" that's OK. But no reason you couldn't do it if you wanted to.

Even if you plan to do all the lifting, boarding trains with large luggage isn't easy for anyone.
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Jul 2nd, 2013, 03:11 PM
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Ok OK I knew there would be these posts- let me say that on our first trip to Europe many years ago we lugged along two large suitcases and a carryon- I did all the lifting on to the trains, up stairs and so on. So I'm not really complaining about having too much luggage- we don't travel light and we don't apologize for it. I'm married to a woman who needs (wants whatever) to take along what she determines she wants/needs. Bottom line women tend to need more stuff than men at least that has been my experience over 40 years.
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Jul 2nd, 2013, 03:30 PM
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And your sample size is? One?
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Jul 2nd, 2013, 03:33 PM
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I don't care how you choose to pack or how much you choose to take along. But women do NOT inherently need "more stuff" than men. That is what I am disagreeing with. Just because your wife does, does not make this a universal truth for all women.
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Jul 2nd, 2013, 03:43 PM
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I did not say all- but I think generally they need more- more than one purse- men need only one wallet. More shoes, a lot more cosmetics and toiletries, hair care items, hair blower, curler, brushes, etc.
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Jul 2nd, 2013, 03:50 PM
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I could just as easily say, that since my ex-husband's clothes and shoes were bigger and heavier than mine, and because he chose (yes, chose) to carry a bunch of camera gear, that men packed heavier than women. But it would be an equally incorrect generalization.
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Jul 2nd, 2013, 03:57 PM
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Missed your response.

"More shoes, a lot more cosmetics and toiletries, hair care items, hair blower, curler, brushes, etc"

Just because you have a high-maintenance wife, don't assume that other women need all that stuff (I take one pair of hiking boots because I need the ankle support, one pair of sandals and one pair of black flats, and I could do without the flats). When was the last time you stayed somewhere that didn't provide a hair dryer? And if you're traveling from the US to Europe you'd better leave that and the curling iron behind, even with a transformer they're likely to blow the power supply.

And guess what? They sell cosmetics and toiletries in Europe.
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Jul 2nd, 2013, 04:03 PM
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Eh, in the end it doesn't really matter. Bill's wife takes more stuff than can be put into a carryon. It doesn't matter why. It doesn't matter if most women can travel with less. Of course Bill's wife could take less if she wanted to, but she doesn't want to. All that really matters is that Bill and his wife are happy with the amount of stuff they take and that if they choose to take trains, they can handle their own luggage.
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Jul 2nd, 2013, 04:07 PM
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Bill, I'm going to mention my Bangkok trips with 3 checked bags, in hopes of helping rescue you!! (you pack light...lol) I'm 1K with United, so I pay no fees for up to 3-70 lb bags. When heading to Bangkok I've typically got gifts for at least a dozen to fifteen or more friends, plus requests for items from the USA sometimes.

My Paris trip next week is hopefully going to be with just one 24" (?) check bag, with a canvas bag tucked inside for souvenirs, and a large tote bag to carry on.
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