Newly Discovered: Christopher Columbus’s Packing List

Christopher Columbus

Recently a weathered document was uncovered at a tag sale in Spain.

Scholars have concluded that it might be one of Christopher Columbus’s transatlantic packing lists.

Since Columbus made 4 voyages across the Atlantic Ocean, we thought this list might provide some insight on what to pack for a long cruise. We noticed that CC relied on several versatile pieces in lightweight, wrinkle-resistant fabrics.

Here’s the list in its entirety:Damn Google Maps!

  • Captain’s log
  • Quill and ink
  • 2 cotton doublets
  • 4 pair tropical weight breeches
  • Mesh codpiece
  • Reversible jerkin
  • Waterproof surcoatvintage suitcases
  • Panama tasseled cap
  • Swimming garment
  • 6 sets of silk underpantaloons
  • Khaki shorts
  • Rubber boat shoes
  • GPS (Magellan RoadMate 6230) or Garmin 1492
  • “Berlitz Chinese Phrase Book”
  • “Asia on 3 Ducats a Day”
  • Barrel of Mount Gay Rum

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