Document 11: Outfit for a Woman

"Outfit for a Woman," in Gold Fields of Alaska: Klondike Gold Fields and Northwest Territory, R. A. Irving, ed. (Chicago: North American Transportation and Trading Company, 1897?), p. 78-79.

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Outfit for a Woman

Here is what a woman who has roughed it on the Klondike says a woman actually needs in the way of an outfit—presupposing, of course, that she goes the only way that a woman should go—with a man who takes the necessary camping, housekeeping and food outfit. The following she should take with her: One medicine case filled on the advice of a good physician. Two pairs of extra heavy all-wool blankets. One small pillow. One fur robe. One warm shawl. One fur coat, easy fitting. Three warm woolen dresses, with comfortable bodices and skirts of knee length—flannel-lined preferable. Three pairs of knickers or bloomers to match the dresses. Three suits of heavy all-wool underwear. Three warm flannel nightdresses. Four pairs of knitted woolen stockings. One pair of rubber boots. Three gingham aprons that reach from neck to knees. Small roll of flannel for insoles, wrapping the feet and bandages. A sewing kit. Such toilet articles as are absolutely necessary, including some skin unguent to protect the face from the icy cold. Two light blouses or shirtwaists for summer wear. One oilskin blanket to wrap her effects in.

The following articles should be secured at St. Michael's: One fur cap, two pairs of muclucs—wet weather moccasins. She wears what she pleases en route to St. Michael's, and when she makes her start for the diggings she lays aside her civilized traveling garb, including shoes and stays, until she comes out.

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