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Drinking Water and Medicines on Steamships - 1910

The subject of drinking water is an important one. The water on the steamer is all right, but for the first few days after landing the visitor should be cautious about drinking ordinary tap water at hotels, and particularly in stations.

Mineral water can be obtained everywhere and is very cheap. Ordinary carbonated water may be purchased or natural waters, such as Apollinaris or Perrier water.

In Germany, Rosbach water can usually be had as well as Rhens water. In France, St. Galmier and Vichy (still) can be obtained. Tea, coffee and chocolate also prevent the necessity of drinking ordinary water.

In England, beers, ales and stout are cheap and good, while in Germany, beer, Rhine wine and Moselle wine can be obtained everywhere. In France (outside of Paris), wine is good and cheap, while in Italy the wipe is plentiful and very cheap.

The Lusitania - A Mighty Record Breaker of the Cunard Line

Photo 027 - The Lusitania - A Mighty Record Breaker of the Cunard Line
Length: 790 feet; Tonnage: 32,500; Horsepower: 70,000

Ice water is practically unknown except at the hotels where the trade of Americans is catered to. here the waiters are apt to bring on ice water before service begins.

In many places, as in Italy, there is a small charge made for a little plate of ice. The water of Venice is particularly vile and should be entirely eschewed, as can be vouched for by the writer's experience.

A bottle of "Sun" cholera mixture, bismuth and pepsin tablets and a non-leaking hot water bag should be taken along. The following is the formula for "Sun" cholera mixture, so that if necessary it can be put up by Continental chemists:

Tincture of capsicum 1 parti
Tincture of opium. 1 part.
Tincture rhubarb 1 part.
Spirits peppermint 1 parti
Spirits camphor 1 parti
Mix and titter, dose 15 to 30 drops.

A bottle of Jamaica ginger (Brown's is good) will also obviate many of the little ills incident to travel. Bicarbonate of soda tablets should also be carried to take care of slight attacks of indigestion as well as the bismuth and pepsin tablets mentioned above.

The following medicines, etc., should be carried:

  • One small hot water bag
  • One ounce arnica
  • Three Ounces extract of witch hazel
  • Two ounces aromatic spirits of ammonia
  • One menthol cone
  • One styptic pencil
  • One package court plaster
  • One narrow bandage
  • One small package absorbent cotton
  • One can containing "new skin"
  • One bottle "Sun" cholera mixture
  • One bottle soda-mint tablets
  • One bottle bismuth and pepsin tablets
  • One bottle "Listerine;—boritte" or equivalent preparation

If inclined to catarrh, take Dobell solution tablets and a Bermingham douche. These will take up only a small space in the satchel and will cost only about $1.75 to $2.00.

They will pack nicely in a small cracker tin. A little old linen. a few yards of stout thread wound around a stiff piece of paper should also be carried. Slight injuries to the hands often occur when getting in or out of railway carriages. Some travelers recommend a small bottle of spirits of camphor; Vaseline and cream may be carried with advantage.

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1910 Travel Guide by Scientifc American

Travel Guide Topical Index

Express Package Rates

Fees At Private Houses In England

Fees Paid by Passengers on Steamships and Ocean Liners

Foreign Customs - A Note To Passengers Of Steamships

Funds Needed On Board For Voyage

Getting the "Sea Legs" - Learning to Walk on a Steamship

The Popular Gymnasium on Steamships and Ocean Liners

Hand Baggage, Etc.

How To Carry Funds For Your Voyage

How To Get To Hoboken

Independent Tours



Laundry Work

Lowest Transatlantic Ocean Rates

Meal Hours At Sea

Memoranda For The Year 1910

Memoranda For The Year 1911

Miscellaneous Gleanings and Facts - 1910 Travel Guide

Miscellaneous Service

Money By Telegraph

Music and Concerts for Passengers


Ocean Stop-Over at Ports of Call Around the World

Passengers' Quarters


Personally Conducted Tours

Pier Permits

Preliminary Reading And Guide Books

Reading Matter - Books and Magazines

Rules for Playing Shuffle-Board

Seasickness on Journeys on Steamships and Ocean Liners

Season And Climate

Seats At Table

Second Cabin Accommodations

Sending Cablegrams On Landing

Sending Letters Abroad

Smoking Room

Steamer Chairs

Steamer Rugs

Steamer Trunks

Steamship Company Checks

Steerage Accommodations

Terminal Ports and Ports of Call of Principal Transatlantic Steamships / Ocean Liners

The Pools (Parimutuel Betting) on a Steamship Or Ocean Liner

Thermometer Scales

The Sea Post Office

Third Class Accomodations


Transporting Valuables On Steamships

Visiting Steamships

What To Pack For Your Voyage

What To Pack For Your Voyage

Wireless Information

Wireless Telegraphy

Writing Materials and Typwriters