Train travellers have revealed the food you should absolutely not eat in the carriages – from smoked mackerel to boiled eggs. A poll of 2,000 adults, who have been on a train journey in the last 12 months, found 55 percent prepare food to take on longer journeys – although 87 percent will go out of their way to avoid those with a smelly snack.
Gherkins in a jar, egg sandwiches, and blue cheese are all odorous items unwelcome in the carriage, while others believe kebabs and crab sticks are not suitable foods for a train.
But 49 percent said they’re ok to eat if you have free rows of seats both in front and behind you – with chocolate bars and soft sweets seen as acceptable to take on your travels.
It also emerged 36 percent enjoy a tipple to help them relax into their journey – with 57 percent believing it’s perfectly acceptable to crack open a “gin in a tin” on a train.
The research was commissioned by Trainline, which is giving out free CBD gummies from a vending machine at Kings Cross Station, to help passengers unwind during their onward travels.
Mike Hyde, chief data officer for the train booking firm, said: “As our research revealed, a tasty snack and a train journey do go hand-in-hand.
“Although some foods really shouldn’t be eaten while on the move, especially when other people are around.
“We know that many passengers choose to snack on a train journey as a way to unwind and relax – which inspired us to launch our limited-edition CBD gummies Choo Chews, providing our customers with the chance to sit back and enjoy their journey.”
The study also found that on longer journeys, 45 percent admit to taking a full picnic spread on a trip – while 17 percent will ensure they always board the train with plenty of food to eat when going on a stag or hen do.
Some even admit to bringing along a sushi platter for the trip, and one respondent always packs prosecco and posh picnic bites when heading for Royal Ascot.
In fact, three in ten admit journeys are “boring” if they just have tea and biscuits to snack on, while 53 percent think eating is the best way to make the most of their time on the train.
The research, conducted via OnePoll.com, also explored what passengers do to relax when travelling – with two-thirds turning to music to unwind.
Nearly half (45 percent) will get lost in a good book, and 29 percent will watch a film.
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