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:
1 | HAVE A MINI-KIT
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]
2| DO A LITTLE RESEARCH ABOUT CONVENIENCE/ STATIONERY STORES IN THE AREA
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.
3| KEEP FUTURE PRECIOUS MATERIAL
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!
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!