How to Continue Crafting on Vacation

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Do you love to scrapbook, weave, knit, embroider, cross-stitch, and make quilts? If so, going on vacation is probably a difficult time. Even though you love spending time with your family, the thought of leaving your craft projects at home for a week or two is difficult. The good news is that you don’t have to forgo your favorite crafting activities when you go on vacation. Whether you are going camping or staying at a luxury hotel (check out the for a few ideas), you can still take your craft projects with you.

Crafting Tips

Some types of crafting are better suited to travel than others. Weaving fans will probably not want to take a large rigid heddle loom on a flight and quilters won’t want to fill a suitcase with their latest project. However, taking a small handloom, a sewing bag or some knitting needles shouldn’t be an issue as long as you pack everything up in an appropriate bag.

Travel Light

Consider your mode of transport. Road trips are the best because you have tons of room to pack as many bags as you can reasonably fit into the car. However, don’t go overboard. There is always a temptation to pack everything but the kitchen sink, but this is never a good idea. Long road trips mean overnight stays in motels and hotels, and if you leave too much baggage in the vehicle, it immediately becomes a target for opportunistic thieves.

Neat Packing

Pack your things in a suitable bag. It is important to keep threads, skeins of wool and other delicate items tidy, or you could lose some along the way. If you plan to knit, sew, or weave on the journey, place the items you need in a separate bag so they are easily accessible. Be very careful what you pack in your carry-on luggage if you are flying; anything that could be construed as a weapon will likely be confiscated by security. I’ve had nail scissors removed from my carry-on bag before, so you can imagine that some TSA officials would get a little overexcited at the sight of metal knitting needles!

Plan a Travel Project

Rather than taking an existing project with you, start a new one inspired by your trip. Take everything you need and let inspiration guide you along a new and exciting journey. You can always pick up materials along the way if necessary, so don’t worry too much. Most towns will have a craft store selling essential supplies such as wool, thread, and accessories.
Small handlooms, cross-stitch, and knitting are perfect for trips away from home. It’s a great way to relieve the boredom of a long road trip or cross-country bus ride. If weaving is your passion, you can even make a small hand loom out ofcardboard specifically for the trip. You can then discard it when you return home.

Enjoy your crafting projects away from home, but remember to spend some quality time with your family too – after all, that’s what a vacation is all about!

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