It might not come as a surprise but we think holidaying & crafting go hand in hand. While just the thought of transporting your craft supplies anywhere may trigger sweaty palms and a sense of uncontrollable panic, where there’s a will there’s a way! Regardless of your passion – knitting, crochet, stitching or quilting, we’ve got the essential tips for packing those projects!
1. PLAN. PLAN. PLAN.
This may sound obvious but make sure you plan what to take. Although not nearly as important as your crafting supplies, you may get a few strange looks if you run out of space for clothes in your luggage and so planning is key! Only take the essentials & leave anything that hasn’t been used for 15 years or is still in packaging – you probably won’t be using it!
2. LEAVE THE ANTIQUES AT HOME
Don’t bring any sentimental or precious tools you’ve collected through the years. Although they probably will travel home with you, it’s just not worth the risk. Accidents do happen.
3. CHECK THE GUIDELINES
Double check any airline or security guidelines for the items you’re taking. Most airlines allow knitting and crochet needles on flights but it’s best to be sure – the yarn isn’t so useful without the tools!
4. GO SHOPPING
As if we need an excuse to buy more crafting supplies! Think about getting travel versions or kits to take with you instead. Circular needles are popular for travelling as they look ‘less threatening’ and are more compact – ideal for more confined spaces such as aircrafts.
5. THINK ABOUT THE PROJECT
Now is probably not the time to be starting that enormous wall hanging or king-size quilt. Space may be limited (especially when flying) and so it’s best to keep your task as compact as possible. We’re talking socks, scarves etc – things that can be picked up and put back down again if interrupted. Stitch markers and row counters will also become your best friends whilst travelling!
6. PREP YOUR PROJECT
Do what you can whilst you’re still at home. Cut those fabric pieces ready for stitching whilst you have plenty of room. Read the pattern to ensure you know exactly what you’re doing or start a few rows of knitting/crochet to get a feel of the pattern.
7. DO YOUR RESEARCH
We’ve all taken an emergency trip to a craft store to get supplies so make sure you do your research & find out the local craft stores or where you can buy supplies in case of emergencies. Depending on where you’re travelling to, there may also be the opportunity to stock up on yarn or fabric exclusive to the area so check out the shopping spots before you travel so you know where to head to.
8. USE YOUR TRIP AS INSPIRATION
Take a notebook with you to jot down ideas and inspiration when they hit. Often those bright ideas come at the most inconvenient moment so ensure you don’t loose them by writing them down. It may also be useful to pop your measurements on a page as well – they may come in handy when shopping!
9. CAREFUL PACKING
So you’ve got your supplies on holiday, completed your project and are reluctantly heading back home – make sure your new pride & joy is packed safely. Away from the needles which could pluck or damage & away from any liquids (we’ve all experienced a sun cream explosion!)
10. BOOK WITH STITCHTOPIA
Now if all that sounds like a military operation, but you’re still decided on combining your passion & a holiday, book with Stitchtopia. We do all the hard work for you & take care of some supplies ready for your trip. You’ll be sent a kit list prior to travel to let you know what you’ll need to bring with you, making your pre-trip planning as minimal as possible & the trip itself stress-free. Afterall, it is a holiday!
We’ve got so many tours coming up in 2018 & 2019 so take a look at our Stitchtopia collection, pick up lots of new tips and techniques, make some new friends and see some truly wonderful sights along the way.