Am I the only one that looks forward to long road trips because that means I get 3+ hours (each way!) of uninterrupted knitting time in the car?
If you blushed when you read that because you think the same way, you’ll love my tips below for taking your crafting on the road with you.
And as always, feel free to add your tricks for vacation crafting in the comments!
Three Tips For Bringing Your Crafting On The Road With You
DO NOT think you are going to hide your craft supplies amongst your socks and pajamas! Trust me! I’ve tried…it doesn’t work! You can’t find what you’re looking for and your clothes end up spewed all over the room!
Separate everything! I pack my clothes and personal items separate from my craft supplies. I even separate my craft supplies into two categories: easy things I can just pick up and grab go together (think hand sewing or knitting!). Larger items, that usually go with more time intensive projects (think piecing a quilt at your machine) get packed together. This way, when the time arrives for you to get crafting, you can simply grab whatever project you have time for, and you’re not hauling out everything you brought with you.
2. Call Ahead
There’s nothing worse than packing up your car (and getting looks from your hubby as he rearranges the trunk three times to fit in everything you’ve packed), then realizing a lot of what you brought was already there.
Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is an iron, but please, please, please test it on a scrap piece of fabric before you put it anywhere near your work. The last thing you want to do it start your vacation off on the wrong foot by staining or burning your fabric with an old or broken iron.
But think a little outside the box. I once was in desperate need of a lightbox while away at a tiny little beach house in Maine. I grabbed a large Pyrex dish from the kitchen. Flipped it over. Propped it up on two water glasses. Grabbed a lamp off the desk. Took off the shade. Slid it under the Pyrex. Instant lightbox! (PS…You could also grab a framed picture off the wall. Take out the pic, so you just have the glass in the frame. Prop it up and put the light underneath!) And so guess what? I no longer ever pack a lightbox when I craft on the road…I just make it myself when I get there!
3. Make A List…Check It Twice
Make a list before you even start to pack. Think of every little thing you might need. Remember, you’re not going to be able to run up to your craft room to grab something and shopping for something you forgot might not be an option.
Check it twice! And by this I mean, before you leave your house (to make sure you have everything you want to take with you) AND before you leave to come home (to make sure you’re not forgetting anything there!). This is important! You’re bringing your favorite supplies with you. You DO NOT want to forget them at your vacation spot. If it’s a rental, you have no idea when the actual owner will be back there to pick up what you left behind, and they may or may not be in any rush to ship it back to you! Pack your list and check it again before you leave to get on your way home!
Again, leave your tips for crafting on the road below in the comments! I hope these help! And enjoy your crafty weekend getaways!
Nikki, In Stitches