3 Tips To Keep Crafting While Traveling

3 Tips To Keep Crafting While Travelling -

Combining more passions is not easy, especially when one of these is travelling. During these last 3 years around Europe, travelling meant not staying in the same place for a long period. And, because of this, not being able to bring with me much stuff, especially when it comes to “extra” items not necessary for daily needs. For sure though this didn’t stop me from crafting!

Of course, I had to deal with some compromises and accept the fact that I couldn’t have with me ALL my crafting stuff that I had at home, but I still manage to create so this is the important thing!

I think many crafters and DIY lovers can relate to this struggle, so I thought about sharing my techniques to keep crafting while traveling:


As said before, due to luggage weight issues (damn you airlines company!) I can’t bring with me all my crafting equipment so I’ve putten together some elements which I consider “basic and necessary” which do not occupy much space and weight so I am able to always have these with me. In particular, my mini kit is composed by:

  • Alphabet Stamp Set + Ink
    I use these very often, to write in my agenda, cards, scrapbooks….anywhere!


  • Some of my favourite Washi Tapes
     I know you can find washi tapes in many stores but I love some of the ones I have. Also because again, washi tapes are multi-use and can be useful in many ways!


  • Some of my favourite Pens & Pencils
    When talking about pens and pencils I’m quite picky, for example, to write in my agenda I have specific ones which I use just for that so bringing them with me is a must! Plus, I always have a permanent pen, a ruler and some coloured pens.


  • Different types of patterned paper
    I love using patterned paper and again, I know that nowadays you can find it in practically every stationary stores but, as said before, I like having with me some of my favourite ones!
    [In order to not to ruin them I always position them at the very back of my luggage]



There are other elements which I consider “basic” such as glue, tape, scissors, coloured paper… but if I would bring with me this stuff my luggage would definitely be overweight! Moreover, those are items that you can often easily find at the supermarket or convenience stores.

Another useful thing to do is to make a little research about stationery stores in the country you’re visiting, it could be that you’re favourite online shop has a physical shop where you’re going for example, wouldn’t that be great?? Or, at the same time, they could have shops with unique items which would be awesome to bring home and have for future projects.



The previous two points were mainly about stationary stuff that you should buy and this could sound really expensive but it is absolutely possible to craft on a budget! I wrote a specific post about it (click here to read it! ) but the main trick is to keep anything that could have a second life, a nice box, for example, could become a perfect stationary container or your tickets and maps used while travelling could be used as decorations and background of your scrapbook! One of my favourite items to keep are bills from the restaurants/coffee shops that I went to and really liked, so that, if I ever would go back to that place I would already know where to go!

3 Tips To Keep Crafting While Travelling -


What about you? Do you have any special items that you always bring with you for crafting or do you buy everything new? I’d love to hear form you!


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  • Reply Debbie

    Lisa, this is cool! I love the idea of a mini craft kit, what an extra creative thing to do when traveling. Thanks for the suggestion. Your blog is awesome. I hope you are doing great 💜

    07/11/2016 at 23:18
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Thank you Debbie! You are always so kind! 🙂

      08/11/2016 at 10:33
    • Reply Sara

      These are great tips! Going to local convenience stores in the area to help supply the “need to craft” makes the craft even more unique!

      13/11/2017 at 14:17
  • Reply Audrey

    Oh!! This is such a great post! Travelling is no reason to stop being creative 🙂

    08/11/2016 at 0:52
  • Reply Chloe

    Thanks for sharing, it’s a great post! Definitely comes in the right time to remind me on what I should pack ( i personally prefer packing light) for my upcoming travel:)

    08/11/2016 at 2:14
  • Reply Ivy

    What a good idea! Haha I wish I traveled more…but when I will, what good tips! I will definitely use them. I kind of feel like an old cat lady saying this but I LOVE crafting! And your posts 🙂 Keep it up!!

    08/11/2016 at 2:37
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Oh thank you!! 🙂 Hahaha noo you don’t sound like an old cat lady at all, otherwise in case I’d be one as well!! 😀 So happy to read you like my posts, thanks for reading 🙂

      08/11/2016 at 10:36
  • Reply Jenny

    Love this – I also take my ‘craft’ with me – it is such a great hobby to have on the road. My kit consists of a pencil role, water colour paper, a drawing journal and some sticky tape and scissors. It’s great to be able to make birthday or thank you cards for people along the way, and for recording your adventures! Thanks for sharing your tricks 🙂

    08/11/2016 at 11:59
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Yess exactly you’ve got my point! Oh your kit sounds perfect as well! Thanks for reading and commenting Jenny! 🙂

      08/11/2016 at 12:43
  • Reply Diya

    I completely agree that traveling doesn’t mean you have to give up on other hobbies. Reading, for example, is a wonderful hobby to balance with traveling. I love picking up books at every destination I visit. I can either give them away when I’m done or keep them as a wonderful souvenir of my time at that destination. I’d also like to get people I meet on my travels to write some dedications within the pages. That would make it even more special 🙂

    I also love taking a cross stitch piece along with me. This particular piece has special significance because it is related to two great loves of my life. You can read more about it here if you’re interested:

    08/11/2016 at 12:01
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Oh yes reading as a wonderful hobby as well! And I’ve never actually thought about it as a “souvenir” but that’s a great idea! Thank you for reading and sharing your experience Diya, I’ll check the link for sure! 🙂

      08/11/2016 at 12:44
  • Reply sileas

    I actually never thought about crafting while traveling but why not? I think it’s great that you’ve found a way to combine both hobbies! Especially when christmas is coming up, there are always tons of DIY ideas 🙂

    10/11/2016 at 11:53
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Yes exactly Christams is my most “crafty” period” haha 🙂 Thank for reading and commenting Julia! 🙂

      11/11/2016 at 13:02
  • Reply Vilma

    Good tips!

    10/11/2016 at 20:43
  • Reply Ashley

    Lisa! This is fantastic. I love your creativity and vision. 🙂

    23/11/2016 at 17:39
  • Reply Dejah

    Traveling and crafting are my two greatest passions. I always bring a ball of yarn and a crochet needle wherever I go.

    22/06/2017 at 19:11
  • Reply Maya Maceka

    I read this at the PERFECT time because I’m currently packing for a 3-month long trip and felt weird bringing my pens and washi tape! It makes me feel better to know there’s a community out there doing the same things! 🙂

    13/11/2017 at 12:37
  • Reply Marina

    Great tips! There is nothing worse than genuinely missing your passion projects because life gets in the way! Love this!

    13/11/2017 at 18:49
  • Reply Leah

    I LOVE checking out local stationery and art stores. It’s right up there with good foods and bookstores for me.

    13/11/2017 at 22:01
  • Reply Keith

    Some very useful tips!

    14/11/2017 at 12:43
  • Reply Amanda

    Love these tips, Lisa!! Inspiring me to make a trip in the first place!

    15/11/2017 at 15:39
  • Reply Oriana

    Hey Lisa, these ideas are absolutely great, for any travel destination ! Also, I nominated you for the Liebster Award 😊 I hope it’s fine, you don’t have to do it if you don’t want to of course, but if you’re interested here’s the link 💗 :

    Have a wonderful day ✨

    18/11/2017 at 18:04
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Hey Oriana! Thank you so much! I’m glad you thought about me! I’ll definitely check out your post!:)

      21/11/2017 at 11:16
  • Reply Siyana

    That post is such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing those lovely tips x

    18/11/2017 at 18:46
  • Reply Tay

    What a neat idea to have a mini craft kit!

    20/11/2017 at 0:13
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