Steamships and railroads revolutionized transportation in the 19th century and opened up opportunities for well-heeled Victorian ladies to set abroad like never before. As a result, the latter half of the century saw the rise of travel memoirs and handbooks penned by women, such as Isabella Bird, Mary Kingsley and Lillias Campbell Davidson. Not only do their chronicles paint vivid portraits of the foreign lands they visited, but also provide detailed information, some of which applies to travel still today, about how to travel like a proper lady. Petticoats definitely included.
"Too many sweets given during a journey produces acidity in the stomach, and thereby causes discomfort and fretfulness..." - Hints for Travellers in the Summer by L.H. Yates, 1897.
"It think one of the most important things is to have a pretty hat or bonnet, and have a good and recently made bonnet-box, or (as I find people calling them) a hat-box." - Luggage Up to Date by Dora de Blaquiere, 1901.
"Do not forget to take a few simple remedies such as camphor pilules (for warding off colds), aconite in homeopathic form for feverish symptoms, a few chamomile flowers, a few anti-pyrine powers (or tabloids), some olive oil and strips of linen also last but not least, a supply of arnica and calendula plaister." - Hints for Travellers in the Summer by L.H. Yates, 1897.
"Tennis also demands a suit of flannels, and so does boating." - On the Purchase of Outfits for India and the Colonies by Dora de Blaquiere, 1890.
"Wear as few petticoats as possible...Grey is the best colour, or heather mixture tweed, which does not show dust or mud stains, and yet cannot lose its colour under a hot sun." - Hints to Lady Travellers at Home and Abroad by Lillias Campbell Davidson, 1889.
"Travel with an open mind and a charitable eye...Do not start with the foregone conclusion that every country which does not invariable provide an eight o'clock breakfast of tea, toast and bacon is not fit for habitation." - Travelling by Elizabeth A.S. Dawes, 1900.
"Sterilized milk will carry well, but it is too substantial a food to serve as a thirst quencher." - Hints for Travellers in the Summer by L.H. Yates, 1897.
"It is a great convenience to take one's own bath with one in traveling..." - Hints to Lady Travellers at Home and Abroad by Lillias Campbell Davidson, 1889.
"Amongst the valuable suggestions recently made, is the use of fine 'Nun's veiling' for either ladies' or gentlemen's underwear." - On the Purchase of Outfits for India and the Colonies by Dora de Blaquiere, 1890.
"It is wise never to travel unprovided with a small flask of brandy and water, a tiny case of court-plaster, with scissors, and strong smelling salts or sal-volatile." - Hints to Lady Travellers at Home and Abroad by Lillias Campbell Davidson, 1889.