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.
- Captain’s log
- Quill and ink
- 2 cotton doublets
- 4 pair tropical weight breeches
- Mesh codpiece
- Reversible jerkin
- Waterproof surcoat
- 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