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What art supplies to take on vacation

Updated: Aug 19, 2023

Picture this: you're on a dreamy vacation, soaking up the sun, exploring new places, and creating unforgettable memories. But, what if I told you that you could make those memories even more special by taking along some art supplies on your vacation?

Now, I know what you might be thinking. "Why should I bother lugging around art supplies when I'm supposed to be relaxing?" Well, let me tell you why. Art is not just about creating pretty pictures; it's a way to connect with the world around you.

What Items to Take and What Items not to Take on Vacation

If you also believe you couldn't possibly fit any more in your luggage, guess again. If you are anything like me, you don't wear half of the clothes you bring. So this time bring only what you need and trust me there is room for a small sketchbook, some water brushes (they look like a combination pen and brush), a mini watercolor palette, pencil, a sharpener, and an eraser. You should be able to fit what you need in a pencil case.

Now, a word of caution: there are a few items you should avoid packing to prevent any unhappy accidents (the opposite of happy accidents that Bob Ross was known for). Don't carry any paint tubes that will either burst or leak during travel. You definitely don't want paint getting all over your pared-down vacation wardrobe.

So, what are you waiting for, except maybe a vacation? If nothing is scheduled yet, you can begin planning for what to take on your trip. Here is a checklist that I have created with some art supplies I have taken with me on trips. Trust me, these are travel tested.

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