We’re prepping for a quick trip to Paris and Bruges in late April, and just bought our train tickets between the two. I gather that we carry our luggage with us on the train, and we can stow it either in the racks above our heads, or in a storage area near the entrance to the carriage.
Practically speaking, how worried do we have to be about anything getting stolen? I know that there’s no 100% guarantee that someone won’t walk off with our bags, and anything valuable (passport, credit cards, phones) will be in our day packs and always with us. But what happens if we want to take a walk and look around the train, or go to the dining/drink car? Or the bathroom, for that matter?
Some web sites I read say “ALWAYS take your luggage with you.” Others say that the risk of people grabbing your bags on anything but the shortest of trips is pretty minimal. So, frequent European train travelers, what would you do?
A secondary question:
We’re thinking of doing the backpacking thing as opposed to rolly bags or traditional suitcases. The last time I bought a travel backpack was for my summer in Greece in 1990. Heck, I still have that thing, but I’m thinking it’s time to upgrade. Any good websites? Models? Suggestions? I’d like something that’s good for 1 - 2 week trips.