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    Smile breakfast and dinner conveniences for two

    Hello. Would you please tell me what the underlined part means?
    I don't quite follow what "conveniences" mean in this context below.
    Does that mean "two canteens containing cookware for breakfast and dinner for two people"? (if they are cookware, canteens can contain them?)
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    Everything that can add to your comfort I should recommend you to take.
    I had a portmanteau capable of containing 12 shirts and other things in proportion;
    a pair of canteens, containing breakfast and dinner conveniences for two;
    a saddle and a bridle; ... by all means carry tea... a blanket is quite unnecessary;...

    T. R. Joliffe, Letters From Egypt(1854)

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    Re: breakfast and dinner conveniences for two

    Nowadays a canteen is a strong metal or plastic container for carrying a personal supply of water, but the Concise Oxford Dictionary tells me it once could mean an "outfit of cooking and table vessels and utensils." So I think your understanding is correct.
    I am not a teacher.

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