Steamer Trunks - 1910 Travel Guide
Trunks and packages required in the stateroom should not exceed 14 inches in height, 2 feet in width and three feet in lepgth. In some staterooms larger trunks may be accommodated, but the intending traveler should consult the steamship company relative to the matter. A strong steamer trunk should be purchased, as they are often taken off the steamer in lots of tbree or four, thus racking them severely.
The trunks should be kept locked while in the stateroom. Matting suitcases are recommended on account of their light weight. Heavy leather suitcases should not be carried, as their own weight is much against them to begin with. Lightweight leather satchels which have a square opening when opened up, are recommended. "Hold-alls" and shawl straps are very handy for carrying rugs, shoes, and wraps.
Tip from Good Housekeeping
If you have a good trunk, largo enough to contain whatever you are likely to buy iu Europe, take it with you, empty, or practically so. It will be put in the ship's hold. On reaching the other side, you can put into this trunk your rug, heavy cape and whatever else you do not wish to lug all over Europe and store it with the steamship company, to await your return. Storage charges are low. Of course if the weather is cold you may need to carry these wraps with you. Canvas cases suitable for holding them are cheap in Europe. If you have no such trunk, you will have the chance of a lifetime to buy one cheap in London, Liverpool, or whatever port you soil from. This you would not naturally do until your return. Meantime, your extra luggage can bo wrapped and stored the same as a trunk.
Emmons, Myra, "The First Trip to Europe," Good Housekeeping: Conducted in the Interests of the Higher Life of the Household, Volume 42, No. 6, Whole Number 332, June 1906, P. 613.