“We all traveled light, taking with us only what we considered to be the bare essentials of life. When we opened out luggage for Customs inspection, the contents of our bags were a fair indication of character and interests.
Thus Margo’s luggage contained a multitude of diaphanous garments, three books on slimming, and a regiment of small bottles each containing some elixir guaranteed to cure acne. Leslie’s case held a couple of roll-top pullovers and a pair of trousers which were wrapped around two revolvers, an air-pistol, a book called “Be Your Own Gunsmith”, and a large bottle of oil that leaked. Larry was accompanied by two trunks of books and a brief-case containing his clothes. Mother’s luggage was sensibly divided between clothes and various volumes on cooking and gardening.
I traveled with only those items that I thought necessary to relieve the tedium of a long journey: four books on natural history, a butterfly net, a dog and a jam-jar full of caterpillars all in imminent danger of turning into chrysalids. Thus, by our standards fully equipped, we left the clammy shores of England.”
– From My Family and Other Animals, by Gerald Durrell.