Some days the world calls and the beads must follow. Maybe you are planning an end of the summer trip, taking classes at a great bead event like Bead Fest or perhaps you are planning on joining me for Bead Cruise in 2010.
With airlines upping their fees for extra baggage and weight, it may no longer be the best idea to bring every bead along for the trip. Below I have created a list of essentials to take on your trip. But first, you need a place to put those beads right? Check out these cute portable storage ideas. The one above holds your tools and a small bead board along with a few essentials. The one below is just too sweet for words, great for packing some of your favorite beads for the trip. Both of these are from Creative Options.
Beading Essentials for Creating on the Go
*Wire cutters & scissors
*Beading blanket or small bead board
*Stringing material - this may be needle & thread, beading wire & crimps or different gauges of wire
*Findings - bring a small selection of your favorite clasps, earwires, jumprings, headpins. (Make them ahead of time if you create your own.)
*Beads - I like to pick out a few coordinating beads or bring a project in progress.
*Class supplies - if you are taking a class, I recommend purchasing a kit from the instructor. It will make it easier for packing - they bring it to the class for you! If a special tool is required, make sure to bring it. Some items on the list are essential to your success in the class and don't assume you can share or pick one up at the event, that may not be the case!
Not essential, but handy:
*An OTT lite is good for those who need extra light, they are portable - remember to bring an extension cord.
*Bead stoppers or tape
*Bead magazine - something to read while on the plane or for a quick fix of inspiration.
*Camera and sketchbook - no doubt your trip will be inspiring, capture images, textures or colors that inspire.
A word about what beads to bring:
Aside from items you need for a class, you may want to think ahead of ideas for a project. Challenge yourself to create from a limited color palette or selection of beads. You may be surprised how creative you get when you limit your choices.
Check with your airline to see what tools can go in your carry-on luggage. Most allow pliers that are 5" or shorter. Hammers and such will need to go in your checked baggage.