Summer is almost here and along with that, for most of us, comes more traveling. Whether it’s a family reunion, a vacation or just a day at the park, often we want to take a project with us to keep our hands busy and our minds creative while we visit or just take some time out of our normal routines.
Here are some ideas to help you travel with your projects so that when you arrive you have everything you need to complete your project. The first thing you want to do is decide what project(s) you want to take with you. It is much better to plan ahead, so that you have what you need and at the same time are not carrying around a lot of excess baggage.
One thing to keep in mind, is what your situation/environment will be where you will be working on your project. Easy projects that don’t require a lot of attention are good if you will be visiting with family so that you are able to engage with them and not be too distracted by your project.
Once you have decided what your project will be, make a check list of everything you need. Then set out to gather all of your materials: needles, scissors, glue, tools etc. You might also bring a small notebook so that as you are working you can take notes. If you are going to the beach, a pool or on a boat you might consider putting smaller containers inside of a plastic, ziplock bag to make sure nothing gets wet.
After you have everything gathered that you will need, you can look around your house for containers of all kinds such as Altoids tins, small makeup bags etc. If you are a regular shopper of ours, you know that many of our products come in packages that work well for traveling including the small clear bags and tubes for beads.
If you are going to be traveling quite a bit you may consider investing in some travel gear. Listed below are some items we carry that can make traveling with your project easier and much more fun! One of our most popular items is the beading tin which also makes a great work space at home.
These can be decorated with washi tape and/or a decoupage technique to further express your creativity like this one here…
The Amelia is a fantastic, little travel case for organizing beads and other small items. While it is a bit more expensive, it’s quality far surpasses anything else I’ve seen. It is made in Europe and extremely durable, so it is sure to last. And, they also come with these really cute little scoops…
Investing in some smaller, travel sized tools such as the baby wubbers is another option to minimize bulk and weight…
or the glitter line, if you want to spend a little less money on your travel set…
Some other items you might consider are pictured below: a foldly ruler, retractable measuring tape, small precision scissors, pocket sized crimper, the thread cutter (which you can take on an airplane) and the no tangle thread bobbins.
Another idea, especially if you are going to be making jewelry projects with older kids, is to consider using the Wildly Bohemian kits. These are a pre-packaged, compact and fun assortment of beads.
What are your tips and tricks for traveling with your projects? We’d love to hear them below!
The Team at Bello Modo.