December 22nd, 2014

What Luggage to Bring on Your European Rail Adventure?

What Luggage to Bring on Your European Rail Adventure?


Traveling through Europe by train is not only about convenience, but the experience. Getting from Point A to Point B is made more memorable by the stunning views right outside your seat window. And while you’re gazing out at the beautiful countryside or majestic mountains, you’ll feel even more at ease knowing you packed smartly. Thinking about going on a European rail adventure? Here are Eagle Creek’s luggage recommendations:

Day Bag

You’ll need to keep a small bag with you at your seat containing the essentials (toiletries, reading material, etc.) If your larger piece of luggage doesn’t have a detachable day traveler, consider the 2-in-1 Backpack/Waistpack (MSRP $70). This full-size waistpack can convert to almost quadruple in size! You can use it as a waistpack to store your smaller daily necessities and when you’re in need, it converts to a backpack that’s perfect for longer day trips.

Overhead Luggage

It’s often a struggle to find something that holds everything you need and conveniently fits into a small space, but there are definitely pieces that do all of the above. The Global Companion design contains a wide butterfly opening, with a variety of comparments, making organization and accessibility easier than ever before. 

Another option is the DoubleBack 22 or 26 (MSRP $295-330), which is designed with versatility in mind. This wheeled bag transforms into a backpack with straps making it easy to travel in tight places. You can also remove the daypack from the front for an easier fit in the overhead bins.

Large Luggage

If you need more room for your items, consider a duffel bag like the No Matter What Rolling Duffel L(MSRP $140). This extra durable and water-resistant duffel is comfortable to carry thanks to the padded and adjustable shoulder straps. And you can also treat it as a backpack with the help of the Quick Snap Strap (MSRP $30). Plus, it’s soft enough to squish into the overhead racks.


If you’re traveling longer and further, and therefore need a bag that might not fit above you, you’re going to want to make sure it’s secure since you won’t be able to guard it during the rail trip. If it’s left in the luggage rack at the end of the coach, make sure it’s safe with a lock. Consider the 3-Dial TSA Lock & Cable (MSRP $15.50) which is a 3-dial combination lock and cable set that can fix the luggage to a rack ensuring no one will walk off with your possessions. Plus, if you’re flying before or after your rail trip, this lock is Travel Sentry certified, meaning TSA baggage screeners will be able to open the lock if needed for inspection.

If you’re looking to save weight and just lock the zippers to ensure no one gets into your bag, try the Superlight TSA Lock (MSRP $9) which is also Travel Sentry certified.

Have you ever gone on a European rail adventure? What luggage did you find was most perfect for the trip? Tell us in a comment below!

Julie Pennell is a former NYC editor enjoying a grown-up gap year in Oxford, England. Follow her travel adventures at Across The Ponderings. 

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