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Items to bring on a Romanian train

• Wet wipes. There's likely no water in the toilet compartments.

• Toilet paper. There's no toilet paper anywhere.

• Water, in summer (lots of it.) The opportunities for jumping off the train to buy bottled water may be limited and erratic, and may involve narrow parameters, and if you don't speak some of the language you might not be able to find out how long the train will stop; then go make the purchase — and even then you might need to be assertive — and get back aboard before departure.

• Timepiece. You might not know where you are unless you know what time it is. It's best to know when to look out for your station, because nobody will announce it.

    • Special note: If you like Bic pens, bring some with you to Romania. I've never seen 'em there.