supply me: airplane travel kit


it’s no secret that I almost always have art supplies with me. in my purse, in my car…it never ends. and for when I’m traveling (as you may have seen on my instagram), you can bet I’m dragging an entire ‘art kit’ with me to work on projects. nothing beats working on a project during a five hour a flight, and having that stranger sitting next to you look at you like you’re crazy.

all of that being said, one of the most common questions I get is – ‘what’s in your travel kit?!’. so here’s a detailed look at one of my travel kit variations. I say variations, as this kit is specific for a carry on backpack for an airplane (my kit looks very different if I’m in a car!). you’ll see I might be missing some key mixed media items below – like my gel medium or scissors – but obviously you can’t schlep that through security…

+ JOURNAL/SKETCHBOOK (left): pretty obvious, but my kit includes a small moleskine sketchbook and a journal I might be working on. in an effort to keep my backpack weight down, I try to take an art journal that is lightweight. my moleskine is with me almost always, so naturally it would be included in my travel kit.

+ MY BIG BAG O’ CRAZY (right): so, my ‘big bag o’ crazy’ lives in my purse 24/7 (literally, if you stopped me on the street I could pull this bad boy out). it started out as a small bag of pitt pens, and then slowly evolved into having gel pens, pencils, colored pencils, small post cards for illustrating, erasers, a pencil sharpener, transfer paper, and my small pouch of crystals (which I keep with me for good energy). the good part about carrying this around, is that I don’t even have to think about it when it comes time to pack for a trip. I know if I need something pen or pencil-like, it’s going to be in this bag.

+ GALLON ZIPLOC BAG OF PAINT (left): now obviously we’re on an airplane here, so you can only have small bottles of paint on you. this is easy for me because I only buy 2oz bottles anyhow. I also limit myself to one gallon sized bag, which keeps things light and gives you an interesting creative challenge (you have to work with what you brought)! I do always make sure I have a white & black, and a good balance of standard acrylic & liquid acrylic. I’ve brought a gallon bag of small paint bottles with me on a plane numerous times – and not once have I ever been stopped by security (I don’t even take it out of my backpack)!

+ ANOTHER GALLON BAG OF MISCELLANEOUS (right): I really could have thought of a more creative title with this item, but ‘bag of miscellaneous’ was just easier. this gallon ziploc bag holds just a few items, primarily ephemera! I also usually throw in my paint brushes, mini journals, and a glue stick. the glue stick replaces my gel medium…obviously not the greatest thing – but it works when traveling. and yes, I could very easily scoop some gel medium into a separate smaller container…but that would just be too much work wouldn’t it?

…cheers to creative travels! xo

8 Responses to supply me: airplane travel kit

  1. Thank you for posting this. I love seeing how people journal on the go and what they like to take with them. It would be cool to see how your airplane packing differs from when you are traveling in your car…

    • of course! my car kit is WAYYY bigger (and everything goes into a large plastic art bin). I’ll be packing up my supplies to drive to some upcoming workshops – I will definitely photograph my kit and be sure to share it here!

  2. thanks for sharing love seeing what others take along— am still doing several spreads using your techniques in 21 secrets — I am doing them in one of many catalogs I receive — I do several and then doodle while I am travelling

    • so happy to read you’re still putting those 21 secrets techniques to use! it is great to be at the ‘doodle phase’ with a few spreads – then you can just carry pens & your journal and leave the rest at home…

  3. I want to run right out to my favorite thrift store to buy some itty bitty address books and other small notebooks. I love getting these new ideas. Thanks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *