Mom just reserved my train ticket for next week. I haven't been on a train since I was 5, and obviously Mom took care of things then.
I've been looking at the baggage policy, and I can have up to 2 50lb carry on bags of a certain dimension (forget the numbers and that's not the issue anyway), plus personal items that don't count toward that limit, including purses and laptop bags.
I'm guessing they have overhead compartments, and that's where my question comes in. I'm bringing a laptop for use at my parents' house. I may or may not decide to carry it on with me. If I check it, I will find a way to lock my bag.
If I bring it with me, can I safely stow it in the overhead compartment and leave it there if I leave my seat? I plan to pack my empty purse in my checked bag, and put the contents in my carry-on to eliminate one bag, but I'm not sure how to handle the laptop. All the rest of my electronics (phone, Zune, Kindle) will fit in pockets or my carry-on, which will be easy enough to carry with me to the restroom or wherever, and I intend to do that. I'm just not sure how to handle the laptop.
Any other advice would be great, too. This is actually the first trip I've ever taken by myself when I wasn't just driving somewhere.