Any maker will tell you that no vacation is complete without a knitting project. Whether you're traveling by land, sea, or air, the journey from Point A to Point B offers some of the best times to knit: you can make incredible progress in your WIP while still engaging with the sights, sounds, and people that you encounter on your way.
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But in order to be a successful travel knitter, you have to be a successful travel knitting packer. We share our 10 tips for packing your travel knitting so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy (your knitting on) the ride.
1. Pack just one work-in-progress (WIP) project. Limiting yourself to just 1 WIP that you have already started (and only bringing the yarn you think you'll use) is key. If you pack a new project, you run the risk of realizing that you've picked the wrong project, packed the wrong needles, or forgot an important notion at home.
2. Have a backup of your pattern. Carry with you both the printed version of your pattern (for those moments you don't have cell phone reception or when your tablet loses its charge) and an electronic version (in case you misplace the printed version).
3. Read through the pattern and pack only the necessary notions. Packing just essential knitting notions will eliminate the hassle of having to dig through suitcases and carry ons for the tool you need.
4. But...you can never have enough stitch markers. Make sure you have a stitch marker case that holds a variety of stitch markers and one that will keep them secure. Not only does this help if you lose a marker, but you might meet other knitters along the way in need.
5. Know what notions you can take on a plane. According to TSA, knitting needles are allowed on a plane.* You can also bring scissors smaller than 4" and sewing needles.
*as a precaution - especially when traveling internationally - make sure you have a lifeline (or long length of scrap yarn) to put your stitches on hold should someone take your needles.
6. Scout out yarn shops ahead of time. You never know when you will need supplies, pattern help, or a souvenir skein of yarn! Having a plan is always helpful when you need to convince other travelers that you need to visit a yarn shop.
7. Pack a reusable shopping bag. An extra bag will come in handy if you buy yarn on your trip or need a secondary bag to tote a project on an excursion.
8. Label your bag with your name and number and snap a picture of it. If you unfortunately misplace your project bag, a reference photo will be helpful when you go searching for it. And your name and number will help the finder return it to you.
9. Choose a waterproof project bag. Things spill and adventures can get messy. A waterproof project bag will help keep your yarn safe from unexpected mishaps.
10. Carry a notebook. You'll want to take notes of the people, yarn, and ideas you meet along the way. Embrace new experiences and be inspired!