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get sweaty. For a two-week trip, I pack six or seven shirts, mostly
knits with a collar and made of synthetic fabrics so they won't
wrinkle. I wear a nice pair of jeans and pack one decent pair of
pants. To that I add a lightweight sweater, a very thin plastic
poncho, a half dozen undershorts, six pairs of socks, and my
toiletry kit.
Women should pack a half dozen or more tops, a pair of
slacks or jeans, a decent skirt, and a minimum of whatever else
you need according to your personal preferences. The key word
is minimum . It's not as important for men, but women should
make sure that every one of the tops can be worn with either the
skirt or the slacks.
When it comes to toiletries, don't bring large sizes of any-
thing , be it toothpaste, mouthwash, or tissues. Instead, buy the
smallest available tubes or packages and replace them along the
way if you need to. Some personal items you use at home every
day can easily be left out altogether to save space and lighten
your load—that bottle of aftershave lotion, for instance. Women
should be sure to bring an adequate number of sanitary supplies;
they are not sold aboard the train.
When pulling out possible clothing items to take along, opt
for clothing made from synthetic fabrics, which will dry quickly
and wrinkle less than natural fabrics.
I also pack a small, soft, down-filled travel pillow that com-
presses and rolls up neatly inside its pillowcase. I have a hard
time sleeping on those flat, cheap foam pillows you get in some
hotels (and in Amtrak sleeping cars). For me, this little pillow
makes all the difference. I never travel without it!
If you're traveling in a Superliner roomette, which is the most
popular sleeping-car accommodation on Amtrak's western trains,
making a trip to a lavatory during the wee hours is a big hassle if
it means struggling back into your day clothes. My solution is to
sleep in a comfortable pair of gym shorts and a T-shirt. If I have
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