Subject: Trains in Europe
I have done quite a few long train trips in Europe and I second the motion to take along food and drinks. It is nice to have something to eat during the trip without having to go to the dining car (if there is a real one as I believe there is on the train from Munich to Italy), althought the dining car can be a diversion. Many trains do not have sit-down dining cars and the quality of the food is mundane and overpriced. All large railway stations sell food to take along if you do not find a supermarket convenient before the trip. Even a sandwich purchased there is likely to be better than those available on the train.

Two years ago in September I traveled from Brussels to Geneva -- a day-long trip, and I was so happy I had brought food and drink. The snack car did not open, and only when we were well along in the trip did they even add a food cart with drinks and lightish snacks. I remember being very annoyed I had to do without coffee since I left so early, but felt smug I had bottled water, wine, pate, crackers, fruit, etc.

It is a good idea to pack some plastic silverware -- takes no space at all -- to have handy in addition to the Swiss army knife. I always take along from home those tiny little individual handiwipe things and find them useful for washing my face and cleaning up after eating and for restrooms which may not be well supplied with t.p.