Vampire Killing Kit, A European Travel Essential
Packing to go on holiday is always a chore, suitcases are always smaller then the pile of “essentials” and let’s not even go near the luggage allowance. But spare a thought for the European travellers of the 17th to 19th centuries. At least you haven’t got to find room for a Vampire Killing Kit.
Central and Eastern Europe were once strange and mysterious places for travellers more accustomed to the comforts, fashions and bright lights of Paris, London or Rome. But whether for business, pleasure or adventure, people have been travelling there for centuries. But those were the days of travel by coach and horses on unmade country roads. Dangerous roads taking you to distant lands.
These are lands of mountains and endless dark forests and castles perched high on craggy peaks. Lands of isolated, secretive villages where strangers are rare and not always welcome. Where peasants live in fear and tell dark tales in hushed tones. Where beautiful women with ‘come hither’ eyes and heaving bosoms have strange desires and sharp teeth. These are the lands where the “other” creatures live.
Yes, there is the thrill of travel, adventure and excitement. But no sensible gentleman would dare travel to such remote and terrifying regions without a robust and well stocked vampire killing kit among his possessions. Especially if your reason to travel is through some unexpected job offer, or invitation to visit a long lost (or even formerly unknown) relative. In somewhere like Transylvania for example.
So what would a typical vampire killing kit contain? It’s worth remembering that vampires aren’t the only things to worry about after dark in central and eastern Europe, so these kits tried to cover as many bases as possible. In a fairly basic kit you would expect to find the obvious such as:
- A Holy Bible
- A Crucifix
- A Vial of Garlic Powder
- A Wooden Stake
- A Mallet
- A Pistol
- A Set of Silver Bullets
- A Strong Knife or Machete
- Some Candles
A more comprehensive set for the Ray Mears of the travelling world (or the really concerned) may also include:
- A Bullet Mould (so you can make your own)
- A Vial of Holy Water
- A Vial of Brimstone (sulphur)
- A Vial of Blomberg Serum (no idea what this is)
- A Vial of Salt
- A Vial of Ground Rowan Leaves
- A Vial of Ergot (a hallucinogenic fungus)
- A Vial of Wolfsbane Extract
- An Injection Syringe
- Various Holy Artefacts (saints bones are popular)
- Iron Objects (repel a variety of things, so a good all rounder)
Things like rope and matches could also be included and obviously you’re free to add anything you feel may come in handy for warding off the undead.
With this kit you’re now safe to go travelling to the wilds of Romania, Poland, Albania or Hungary. You’ve certainly got the vampires covered as well as werewolves, zombies and pretty much anything else that tries to spoil your day (or night). With you and your trusting Vampire Killing Kit around the undead won’t be undead for very long!