India Overnight Trains – Our experience so far

Our train was scheduled to leave at 7 PM for Hosapete via Bangalore. At around 5 PM, I started to feel nauseous. It got worse and worse until I could barely eat dinner.

We boarded the train and were delighted to discover two young (but older than our kids) girls in the next compartment eager to play with our two. Free babysitting (kind of)! I retired to the highest bunk (this time we had two upper, one middle) to try and rest.

Goofball Chica
So far, so good!

Once we made the beds and the kids were all settled down, the Little Guy vomited copiously all over the upper bunk, his clothes, his dou-dou, and my pants.

Imagine trying to clean that up while sitting cross-legged in a 60 cm high space where you can’t even sit up straight. Vero cleaned up the Little Fella, I changed the sheets and used toilet paper to sponge the vomit out of the mesh storage pocket bolted to the wall (ugh).

We got all settled back in and ready for sleep, and the Chica threw up in the middle of her top bunk, all over Baby Rose and her sleeping blanket. Again with the sheet and the toilet paper and changing the clothes.


Once the Chica was cleaned up and asleep, it was Vero’s turn. She, at least, made it to the toilet to take care of business. When she came back it was the Chica’s turn again, who also made it to the toilet! Hurray!

Obviously by then we were on high alert. When the Little Guy started to cough up bile, we were able to get a plastic bag in front of him and save the sheet. Enough details. Basically the kids took turns every 15 minutes, and Vero every 5 until about 3 AM. Oddly enough, even though I was the one who felt sick all evening, I was the only one who didn’t participate in the puke-athon.

Fool-proof Security Plan

So, the fool-proof plan to oversee your kids and bags on an overnight train is to get up every 15 minutes and crouch in a top bunk holding a plastic bag in front of your child’s mouth. Just make sure to bring many plastic bags; rinsing and re-using them is not fun.


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4 thoughts to “India Overnight Trains – Our experience so far”

  1. Ouin! Heureusement que Ian est fait fort. C’est toute une organisation et du sport voyager en train de nuit. J’espère que vous allez mieux maintenant. Bonne route! ?

  2. Hahahaha!!!! That is the best travel advice I have ever heard! Any other post I always wish I was there with you guys, but not this time!!!! (Btw I laughed only at the end after feeling lots of compassion!)

    1. Do you know we actually shopped prices on a flight from India to Morocco to surprise you guys?
      Waaaaayyyyyy too expensive. 🙁

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