As my fellow romance writers packed for RWA#13 in Atlanta this week, I wondered what Victorian women travelers took on their trips. Nellie Bly wore a two-piece suit with an overcoat and a cap and carried one small bag containing writing and toiletry necessities.
In contrast, experienced 19th century traveler and writer, Lillias Campbell Davidson, had a list of must-haves such as eau de toilette, smelling salts, a small flask of brandy, and an ivory glove stretcher.
In Hints to Lady Traveller: At Home and Abroad (1889), Miss Davidson also
suggested foot-warmers, well-stuffed feather cushions, a medicine chest, and travel rugs. Since she ventured into more remote areas, she insisted on bringing one item my fellow romance writers should be glad they didn’t have to pack. A portable bathtub.
I don’t travel quite as lightly as Nellie Bly, but I only use one rolling carry-on and a tote bag.
How many bags do you take on trips?