Women and their Work

PREPARING FOR THE JOURNEY

The second of two articles on travel

GERTRUDE E. S. PRINGLE May 15 1925
Women and their Work

PREPARING FOR THE JOURNEY

The second of two articles on travel

GERTRUDE E. S. PRINGLE May 15 1925

PREPARING FOR THE JOURNEY

The second of two articles on travel

GERTRUDE E. S. PRINGLE

ONE of the greatest obstacles to the enjoyment of travel is fear. The traveler may not recognize her enemy by this name. She may say she is of a highly nervous temperament. Nevertheless it stands in her pathway, making her worry over the possibilities of fog, collision, fire, panic, appendicitis, missing connections or not meeting the right people. Yet if such voyageurs were selfanalytical, they would see this habit of mind destroyed their pleasure, for “cowards die many deaths.”

George Ade in one of his articles remarks: “The tantrums which the amateur traveler exhibits when he is far from home could be headed off if he would take a short course in Christian Science before booking his passage.” This, of course, is a humorous dig at the wellknown serenity and lack of fear shown by those who are of that persuasion.

E. S. PRINGLE

It is when we are below par physically that nervousness is most apt to be manifested. The person who is in perfect health is unaware of having nerves. So the great thing is to get into training before starting on a trip. To this end careful attention must be paid to the diet, and to the taking of regular, outdoor exercise. Simple,wellbalanced meals, with little tea or coffee, (both being too stimulating to the nerves), and a two or three-mile stretch a day, combined with a cheerful frame of mind, will put us in good physical condition. This regime should be adopted two or three weeks before starting. Then if the same routine is kept up on board ship, it will be found in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred that seasickness can be avoided, and then the voyage is thoroughly enjoyable.

Many passengers indulge too freely in the good things offered at the first dinner on board, which is always an elaborate banquet, when, the ship being close to land, there is no perceptible motion. But next day they are apt to repent their indiscretion, especially if a heavy swell develops. The seasoned traveler, avoiding all rich, greasy dishes and hors d'oeuvres, contents himself with a light, even frugal, repast. Next morning with nothing to regret he starts bright and early to get his sea legs.

To the inert passengers who recline on deck chairs and read novels these restless promenaders who do their ten to fifteen miles a day seem tiresomely strenuous. But they are graduates of travel, who have found that exercise is the secret of keeping well on board ship. They start their day with a warm salt-water bath and brisk rub, and in between meals spend most of their time in walking, games or turns in the gymnasium.

Chocolates should never be indulged in during an ocean voyage, although with so many boxes of sweets given to departing travelers it requires some strength of will to forswear them.

Tea is not a good beverage for those prone to seasickness; neither is coffee or soup, but beef tea or broth is soothing. An experienced traveler says it is best to drink as little as possible, but fresh fruit (with the exception of bananas) is good. Great care must be taken not to overeat, although the keen appetite engendered by the sea air. and the endless procession of meals, make this a real temptation.

If you would have ease of mind and keep down your expenses, travel light. Those who go abroad to see the sights only, and not to take in social life, can do with a steamer trunk and club bag, or suit case. If purchases are to be made abroad, a trunk, which can go in the hold will also be needed. But choose a small trunk, for on the Continent the allowance of baggage to each passenger is only about sixty-five pounds. That is why so much hand luggage is carried by passengers on the trains there. It is well to paste on your belongings some such distinguishing mark as the initial of your surname printed in large red characters.

Clothes a Woman Needs

TF EXPECTING to attend social funcA tions or be entertained by friends, a woman will of course need all her nicest clothes. But those who travel as tourists

pure and simple, can manage comfortably with very few changes. Ideal for spring and summer travel is the new “ensemble” which has been so popular a going-away costume with smart brides this season. In its more dressy form it is a long, easyfitting coat, lined with printed silk, worn over a one-piece dress made of silk to match, and trimmed with a deep foot band of cloth like the coat. Even more serviceable is the “ensemble” if made of kasha, jersey or flat crepe combined with a heavy silk that harmonizes. Some may prefer a two-piece wool jumper dress in soft grey or tan, because then a couple of crepe de chine ovérblouses may be taken along for warm days. A cosy top coat for boardship and motoring is indispensable, likewise a smart, small uncrushable hat, an afternoon dress of silk that does not crease and a semi-evening dress. For the rest, two changes of underwear, made preferably of cotton crepe or raw silk, so as to wash without ironing, two pairs of comfortable walking shoes, a pair of dress shoes, five pairs of fine wool stockings (or silk and wool) and one pair of silk hose for dressier use, will be enough, although of course a dressing gown will be needed. Some women when traveling like pyjamas made of fine, light wool, and on board ship wool is always preferable to cotton because of the greater protection it gives against the raw, penetrating sea air.

Clothes a Man Needs

THE man who is traveling with strict regard to economy will find one suit is enough, and grey whipcord or tweed makes a good choice, as it does not show the dust. A Burberry or overcoat of Harris tweed, two changes of underwear, six pairs of wool socks, a tweed cap for deck and a soft felt fedora for land, comprise the real essentials.

The traveler who is not so limited will pack his dinner jacket, black ties and four dress shirts in his steamer trunk, as he will want to dress for dinner, and on board ship the swallowtail is not called for. In the trunk which goes into the hold will be put everything not needed for the sea voyage. If a hat box is taken, it can also accommodate the collars.

A traveler of great experience strongly advises the use of fine flannel shirts, as well as wool underwear and socks, in preference to those of silk or cotton. Along the Mediterranean, and especially in Malta, Turkey, Algiers and Morocco, during the months of August September and October, there are winds so full of moisture that, overnight, boo:s will be found covered with green mold.

How to Pack a Trunk

TRAVELERS will find it pays in the interest of neatness to have little hólland bags in which to encase their boots and shoes. For light dresses, and even for a man’s evening clothes, protective covering in the shape of long, openended bags made of gingham should be provided. A round hole in the top, buttonholed, allows of the hook of the dresshanger being slipped through so that the garment can be hung up as soon as the trunk is unpacked. It is a good plan, too, to carry a few folding metal coat hangers, so that en route one’s clothes may be suspended instead of being placed over a chair.

The trunk should be long enough to permit of a man’s coat being laid full length in it, and the proper way to pack a coat is to arrange it in three lengthwise folds. In the bottom of the trunk place the boots, books or any heavy articles. On top of these put socks and underwear. Then come the suits and lastly the shirts.

The same rule obtains in packing a woman’s belongings, the heaviest things being put in first, and the daintiest and lightest on the top. It is a good plan to paste inside the lid a list of the contents of the trunk.

As well as making bags for footwear, and gingham cover-ups for dresses, it will be found very useful to have three bags for use in the state room. One bag will hold fresh handkerchiefs, one will contain

toilet articles, and the third and largest will be for soiled handkerchiefs. These can be hung over the berth, ready for use.

First Aid Kit

BESIDES the necessary toilet articles carried in the club bag, it is well to include a few simple first-aid remedies. The eyes, the feet and the complexion will require extra care during the trip abroad, with its changes of climate and exposure to winds and sun. On your list of supplies note down a roll of surgical gauze, some adhesive tape, a tube of vaseline, a '‘‘package of boracic acid powder, a small tin of zinc ointment, a tube of your favorite cold cream, needles and thread.

If sight-seeing causes the heels or soles of the feet to blister or become sore, apply some zinc ointment, cover with the gauze and bind on with adhesive tape. If the eyes ache with gazing at pictures and old cathedrals, bathe them in a solution of one teaspoonful of boracic powder to one pint of hot water. When your shoes get soaked and turn hard, soften them by rubbing some vaseline into them. As for the cold cream, it is indispensable to protect the complexion from sea breezes and sunburn, and to apply before dusting a touch of powder on the face.

It will pay to have the teeth put in perfect order before leaving on an extended journey. A seance with the chiropodist to have the feet made right is advisable also, as they will be under unusual strain during the trip. Take a tip from the foot surgeon and always cut the toe nails straight across—never in a curve.

Before starting on a long tramp, shake some boracic acid powder on the feet and rub well in. In the Japanese army the soldiers are provided with this remedy, which is so soothing to eyes and feet. But if the feet are travel-worn and no boracic is available, common yellow soap can be

used instead, and many pedestrians smear it inside their boots.

Foreign Hotel Customs

THE best way to see a country is to avoid the big, expensive hotels that cater especially to the tourist, and wherethe service is largely standardized. Toget the real foreign flavor, the little country inn is recommended, and in a city one can usually find a small hotel near a market, that is both cheap and good. To take a room only, however, and get mealswherever is most convenient, is the most satisfactory way.

If a bill seems excessive, it is best todiscuss the. details amiably but firmly withthe landlord, who is not unaccustomed tohaving his items checked over. Not that he is dishonest; he is perhaps only a bit anxious to get on. Which reminds me of a. traveler I knew, who arrived late, with hiswife, at a town in Italy, and occupied a private sitting-room for five minutes until their late supper was ready in the diningroom, after which they retired for the night, leaving the hotel first thing in the morning. What was the traveler’s surprise to find on his bill an item for sixty candles. In vain he expostulated that the candles had been in use but a few minutee and could be used again. His wife, seeing, he had to pay for them, slipped into the sitting-room, and taking every candle from the grand chandelier, stuffed them in her suit case.

To most women the great attraction of travel is shopping, and they come home' laden with spoils to the extent of their means. It is a good plan to keep the billsof all. goods that are purchased, then if any question of their value arises at the customs, they can be shown. Men are much less keen about shopping than women. They usually find their fun morein doing than in getting.