Travel comic: How to Pack Like an Artist
I don’t think I’ve ever traveled so much before this summer. Sharing my system of travel art witch pro-packing, for a portable studio on the road!
1. Flat delicate objects such as watercolor pads or prints should go on the very bottom of the suitcase!
2. I pack a small flatbed scanner by Canon, for $50+/- on Amazon. Average life of the machine is one year, but it is a very handy tool to take on the road anywhere. It is delicate, so I pack my clothes around it.
3. A small compact light box fits into a regular carry-on. I use a large light table at home, this light box I got from Amazon does the job beautifully in a hotel room. Again, pack your favorite shirts around it.
4. Keep all pens & markers in a pouch/makeup bag, I use this one by swinku! Ink bottles may leak during a flight so I keep mine in a small zip-lock bag.
5. Keep all items that you don’t want to get super-squished on the very top, like a sun hat for sketching in the day.
6. Laptop & tablet stay in the outer compartment of the suitcase for the TSA. Also Wacom tablet is super delicate so I don’t ever place it under anything!
7. A folder for loose paper, an alternative for sketchbook & doing thumbnails.
8. One of the best discovery ever is that my Winsor & Newton series 7 miniature brushes fit into a 7 1/2” wallet perfectly, and I don’t have to worry about the brushes shifting & messing up the bristles. The wallet I use is this super cute one by Sourpuss I found in Austin, Texas.
9. I also keep SD cards for cameras in my wallet compartments.
10. If flying with carry-on, ink + contact solution+ toothpaste all in one bag!
11. A large, sturdy bag that holds a DSLR & sketchbooks is ideal.
12. Phone+sunglasses for selfies (and other things)
13. Always check for your passport!