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What To Pack For Your Ocean Voyage - 1910


Warm clothing and rugs should be taken for the ocean trip, as well as for the railway journeys in most European countries; even in winter the trains are seldom well heated, the primitive hot water can being very much in vogue. Occasionally trains will be found where some of the cars are heated by steam from the engine. At least one rug should be provided for each person.

Gentlemen should have at least two suits, as a change of clothing is sometimes necessary owing to the fact that decks are damp. It is also desirable to carry a dress suit for use on the steamer, as gentlemen dress for dinner on most of the crack liners. Evening dress is not, however, obligatory.

Thick rubber-soled shoes will prove a great comfort on the voyage. Golf or soft felt hats should be worn by gentlemen at sea, and ladies wear tam-o'-shanters or similar head-gear with thick veils. Yachting caps are not worn at sea. Heavy underclothing should be provided for the voyage, and may be left in trunks in the storage warehouse.

Any article of clothing which may have been forgotten can be easily purchased abroad. English tailors are noted for the excellence of their material and workmanship, but the cut is not always adapted to our American ideas.

There will be little trouble, however, if a good tailor is selected. The dressmakers and milliners of Paris are, of course, famous throughout the world, and are referred to later on in this book.

Ladies will find it very desirable to take along an extremely portable workbox equipped with needles, thread, pins, hooks and eyes, buttons, etc., as these articles are not readily obtainable at sea, although one vessel has inaugurated a "department store" where all little necessaries can be purchased. Stewardesses usually carry needles, thread, pins, etc.

Bath slippers should be provided, as occasionally the distance to the bathrooms is quite considerable. A bathrobe should also be provided.

Men will find that a heavy overcoat is needed even in summer, as the winds are apt to he very piercing. A lighter coat intended for use on arrival is also useful at sea. Ladies should have two cloth suits, flannel waists, one or more silk waists, and several shirt waists with necessary, changes of underclothing, etc., and if space permits, a gown for dinner and evening wear. An extra pair of shoes and a pair of rubbers should also be provided.

Those who are desirous of taking fur wraps should obtain a Custom House certificate before sailing, as otherwise duty will be levied on the return.


  • Gowns
  • Underclothing
  • Bathrobe
  • Bath Slippers
  • Shirt Waists
  • Ulsters
  • Cap ( not a yachting cap )
  • Extra Shoes, and Rubbers
  • Umbrella.
  • Rug
  • Steamer Chair Pillow


  • Brush
  • Hairpins
  • Tooth Brush
  • Tooth Powder
  • Cold Cream
  • Cologne
  • Powder
  • Pins
  • Safety Pins
  • Collar Buttons and Cuff Studs
  • Needles and Thread
  • Tape
  • Buttons
  • Hooks and Eyes
  • Manicure Articles
  • Fancy Work
  • Fountain Pen
  • Writing Material
  • Address Book
  • Hot Water Bag



  • Dress Suit
  • Dinner Coat
  • White Waistcoats
  • Dress Shirt
  • Dress Ties
  • Dress Collars
  • Cuffs
  • Cuff Studs
  • Shirt Studs
  • Patent Leather Shoes
  • Opera Hat
  • Silk Hat
  • Cane
  • Umbrella
  • White Gloves
  • Suspenders


  • All papers, letters of credit, travelers' checks, visiting cards, keys, passport, medicines, etc.
  • Collars
  • Cuffs
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Studs
  • Cuff Buttons
  • Duplicate Prescriptions
  • Duplicate Eyeglasses
  • Duplicate Oculist's Prescriptions
  • Ties
  • Bow Ties
  • Shirts
  • Outing Shirts
  • Flannel Shirts
  • Suit
  • Suit Underwear
  • Pajamas
  • Duck Pants (Southern Trips)
  • Hose
  • Shoes
  • Rubber-soled Shoes
  • Bath Slippers
  • Bath Robe
  • Steamer Rug
  • Suspenders
  • Belt
  • Gloves
  • Cap
  • Shoestrings
  • Umbrella
  • Cane (?)
  • Brush Broom
  • Fountain Pen
  • Paper Cutter
  • Films


  • Hair Brush
  • Comb
  • Corkscrew
  • Tooth Brush
  • Tooth Powder
  • Mouth Wash
  • Nail Brush
  • Listerine or Borine
  • Pocket Knife
  • Shaving Soap
  • Shaving Brush
  • Safety Razor
  • Razor
  • Razor Strop
  • Sponge
  • Bay Rum
  • Violet Water
  • Lilac Water
  • Talcum Powder
  • Nail Clipper
  • Nail File
  • Medicines
  • Hot Water Bag
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