Must to Have Gadgets for Trains Journey!!!

20130815_091225Train journey, quite a scary word for our generation which is used to of race and speed both in life and traveling. Getting heavy headed and cursing the long distance and urgency of the journey gives us no relief.

Last month we had to take a 36 hours’ train from Delhi to Bangalore. Trust me we were both quite anxious thinking how these long hours will pass. We are though accustomed to overnight trains whenever required, but a continuous night-day-night 36 hours on train was something more than tolerable. But then we were also excited about the destinations in turn we will get to visit (Bangalore, Coorg and more). So enchanted with the charm of the destinations, we sidelined the tension of our boring and tiresome journey.

Came the date of travel and we started picking and packing our luggage. While pacing, my husband very smartly picked some gadgets to take with us. Initially those seemed to me just a part of my husband’s geeking love for gadgets. As the journey went on, those long day hours started getting over us, making me feel irritated and nauseate. In that despair, my husband’s magical pack of gadgets came to our rescue and those long heavy hours turned into a fun retreat. The gadgets we took with us and how they helped us kill those hours happily:

  • Smart Phones: With our smart phones we had internet connect, social media, chat messengers and engaging android games. We were thus, updating our status, chatting with our friends and contesting the game scores.
  • SLR Camera: I am a beginner photographer, having learnt the camera work lately with miles of picturesque beauty I had a great time clicking and just clicking.
  • IPad: Watching movies and playing games on iPad was a great fun, making the best out of the time we had. We watched three movies on our depart journey and three on the return, and no record for the games.
  • IPod: Ahhh…The high quality filtered music of iPod is no less than magic and sere delight for the ears.
  • ThinkPad: We preferred to carry our ThinkPad on journey, because of its handy size as compared to our 15’ laptop. ThinkPad helped us check the pictures we took whole day, watch movies that were not in the VLC format (compatible with iPad), internet access, etc.
  • Batteries: Extra pair of rechargeable camera batteries along with its charger.
  • Gadget Support: Gadget supports and accessories like their data connectors, earplugs, etc. are
  •  Hard-drive: To keep a backup of all the photos and have an additional movie, video and music bank at out dispose we had our hard drive with us and that really turned out to be a rescuer.
  • Data card: Today we all want to be connected to the world, share our updates and experiences. Moreover internet access was most useful in helping us check the reviews of hotels and the spots we were to cover.

Entertaining and enjoying every moment we killed those hours and to an utter surprise we felt that we must do more such journeys.



Lazy inside, crazy outside :)


  1. very true in train journey we should have these gadgets and one important gadgets is headphone

    • That’s true Himanshu. Gadget supports like bluetooth, headphone, earplugs, data connectors are inevitable while carrying gadgets as you never know when will you need what. So pack smart.

  2. Exactlyyyyyyyyyy above mentioned gadgets are quintessential while we travelling. For me SLR camera & Ipod is sufficient :). According to me Magazines or books are also a good option.

  3. You are right Rajni sharma..Books and magazines are also very good option but I prefer gadgets

  4. i also think gadgets are the best option to enjoy the journey… ur all blogs are really awsm .. i love to read it 🙂 🙂

  5. Portable universal chargers are also a good option if you have gadgets of different brands. That would save space in your bag and rescue you from tangled wires.

    • True… Powerbags the backpack with inbuilt chargeable battery is one of the hottest gadget for you to invest in. Useful, trendy and space savvy.

  6. What if you were to make the same train journey twenty odd years ago. At the time, there were no smart phones, no I pods, no tablets. What would you do then? Jump off the train? Pull the emergency chain? Get off at the next stop?
    The best entertainment on a long train journey are your co-passengers. Or else, carry a good fat book. That should keep you occupied and at the end of the journey, better informed.

    • Agreed with you sir…Smartphones and gadgets have taken the place of Books in the modern era..People these days prefer to read news on their tablets/smartphones rather than buying newspapers or books..There may be various reasons for that ..The main point is that gadgets have become an important part..

  7. Agreed with you mili…nowadays the above mentioned gadgets really play an important role to minimize the boredom of long journey travels…for me magazines are also preferable…:).By the way nice blog

  8. veryy good and well Scripted blog ……

    Gadgets have became the Most Integral part of our life.
    Without this, we feel there is something missing in our life.

    while journey it becomes more important
    On the journey, Gadgets are like a Friend or Family
    who makes us happy in the Journey time

    gadgets makes the people more happyy…

  9. ohh yes, if you don’t have good friends… then without gadgets you can’t imagine long Journey.. cards may be alternative but still you need friends for it.
    sometimes we have battery issues, so I would also add few books in my jouney kit.
    good you compiled all gadgets.. thanks for sharing

  10. veryyyy true mili di… we cant think of even going to a nearby place without a cellphone .. n travelling!!!!! without any one the above gadets is a BIG NOOOO….

  11. Life is also a type of train but some one comes in your life and your life changes nd its applicable for all people who are staying in this present world

  12. It depends with whom you are traveling , if you are with your boring office people or alone I agree you need these things but when you are out with your friends , family or loved ones you don’t need to kill your time . In this high paced life we hardly get time to spend , talk about old days in school, college or your dating times. I would like to enjoy that getaway time away from all my gadget and just want to spend time with my loved ones. I have these gadgets around me throughout the year why to carry this burden even on way to vacation . I won’t miss my SLR though
    Train journey is fun in itself , still remember all the political discussions, cricket, vendors etc. mili you put together a nice article , but I have my own view of vacation and looks like audience for this blog post was more of high tech IT people and not general indian

    Good effort though, keep it up

  13. Nice one…:) I am getting ready for my long train travel..but not all that you suggested but ya smart phone and novels.. i hope that will be sufficient..:)

  14. nyc topic … i agree … gadgets act as a frnd while travelling … specially ….. i pod, headphone n magazines … 🙂

  15. every month ,i travel from chennai to bangalore. it is just six to seven hours but trust me, i can forget my toothbrush ,but not my earphones.. without music, it is simply not possible for me to sleep on buses/trains/flight.. and smartphone with internet means world on your palms.. on my daily office commute, my smartphone makes those 30 mins look like a few seconds.. gadgets are the lifeline while on travel 🙂

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