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Warning: Do Not Follow This Moronic Travel Advice From the Past

Fodor's Logo By Charlie English of Fodor's | Slide 1 of 13: Long before luggage allowances and the modern traveler’s call to “pack light,” the Victorian traveler was encouraged to take everything but the kitchen sink, as well as a train of porters or pack animals to shift it. One of many lists of travelers’ “essentials” in the RGS fellows’ advice begins with “one or two” soft-steel axes, and ends with “specimens” which would be carried in stone jars. It also includes saddles and “heavy ammunition for sporting purposes.” This was separate from the whole range of astronomical and mapping instruments, including sextants, artificial horizons, compasses, chronometers, thermometers, barometers, and micrometers. Writing and drawing materials should also be taken, including watercolor paints, and a light board of the very best mahogany for writing and painting on. Two or three ledgers of strong ruled paper, 11 x 7 inches, each with leather binding, were needed for the traveler’s notes, with a view to future publication.

Pack Heavy

Long before luggage allowances and the modern traveler’s call to “pack light,” the Victorian traveler was encouraged to take everything but the kitchen sink, as well as a train of porters or pack animals to shift it. One of many lists of travelers’ “essentials” in the RGS fellows’ advice begins with “one or two” soft-steel axes, and ends with “specimens” which would be carried in stone jars. It also includes saddles and “heavy ammunition for sporting purposes.” This was separate from the whole range of astronomical and mapping instruments, including sextants, artificial horizons, compasses, chronometers, thermometers, barometers, and micrometers. Writing and drawing materials should also be taken, including watercolor paints, and a light board of the very best mahogany for writing and painting on. Two or three ledgers of strong ruled paper, 11 x 7 inches, each with leather binding, were needed for the traveler’s notes, with a view to future publication.
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