These days there are more ways to train drink than ever before, whether you’re a luxury traveler, into wine trains, or just love a good drink on a locomotive. And don’t forget the humble train car drinking that came before all the hype. However you choose to imbibe on the rails, though, be sure to keep in mind these unspoken rules that guarantee everyone on the train has a good time. Whether you’re traveling in fine company or just trying to make it to grandma’s house, respect the rules of the rail.
Do Not Commandeer the Seat Next to You
Everyone understands that you’re feeling a little cramped and need to spread out in order to make a proper drink. You know why everyone understands? Because we could all use a little space, and all that real estate you’re taking up is getting soaking wet with spilled cocktail. Do everyone a favor and don’t use the seat next to you to make drinks or hold drinks. If for no other reason, just remember that felt seats don’t smell great when they get wet.
Sips Not Shots
If you’re drinking on a train, there’s a good chance you’re in it for the long haul. Train drinking is a marathon, so sip on light drinks and take it easy. The last thing anyone wants is for you to take three shots in a row and end up like that one time in college that Facebook refuses to let you forget.
Don’t Overdo It Before You Reach Your Destination
Even if you’re sticking to lower-alcohol beverages, you still want to keep it in check. Trains are about the journey, not the destination. But your buzz level is most definitely about the destination, not the journey. The entire train car full of drinking adults will respect you all the more if you treat drinking on a train like you treat drinking anywhere else. In other words, act like you’ve been here before, even if you haven’t.
Stick to Premade Drinks or Simple Two-Ingredient Cocktails
Even if you know how to make the best cocktails in the world, stick to the simple stuff. There are cocktails out there that take only one hand to make and will still wow your every taste bud. Not to mention all the delicious canned cocktails out on the market these days. The train is one place where making a three-ingredient Negroni is considered fancy and complicated.
Keep Your Drinking Utensils Close, Not in the Luggage Storage
This is self explanatory; just do it. No one wants to smell your armpit every time you get a hankering to whip out your mobile cocktail kit from the luggage shelf.
Avoid Drinking Games That Aren’t Word Games or I Spy
There are only so many four person tables on a train and you’re probably not at one. While those lucky folks get to play some drinking card games, everyone else must stick to I Spy. There’s simply not enough room for anything else. Playing Quarters is noisy, Flip Cup is messy and everything else would demand that you displace someone who is enjoying their seat like a proper train rider.
Don’t Get Too Loud
Feel free to let your hair down, but for the love of all things buzzed and joyous, don’t be the obnoxious attention seeker. You know that rule about wearing headphones instead of blasting your music out of your tiny iPhone speakers? This is like that, but for voices. Drinks on a train naturally lead to a louder volume, but that doesn’t mean shouting. No one will mind your animated conversations (unless you’re endlessly going on about your house in the Hamptons, in which case, cool) as long as you’re not so loud that the couple six rows away from you can’t hear their own thoughts.
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