When it comes to how to pack your art supplies, the first question is what are you creating on this trip? Your creations should probably be your first consideration.
When travelling for a long period like the winter, I like to have an array of art supplies. If I am going for a short stay, like a two-week vacation, I tend to take less. When traveling with others that do not get into creating art while vacationing, it is especially so. What usually happens is I am so busy with site seeing and other activities that I really don't get around to painting as much as I intended. I carry around a whole lot of stuff that I never use. Lately, I remind myself of this and take a minimal amount with me.
1. If taking a course check first with the school or organization, be informed of the art supplies required. Sometimes you will be able to purchase some of these from their store. Very often the items are included in the course fees.
When planning to make only a couple of sketches or drawings to put in your journal; there is no need to pack very much, maybe a small watercolour sketch pad and pencils, or watercolour container box and a brush or two.
2.How you will travel will make a difference.
Seeing the road is important so don't stuff your vehicle to the maximum, on a car trip. Hopping on and off trains loaded down with your supplies, will be no fun either.
3.what to wear for art travel
What to wear will also depend on the type of art you create and whether it is a paint only trip or a combination of site seeing and other activities.
Besides the clothes for your trip, you might need:
Make sure to secure any tube paints in plastic baggies, so they don't spill out. Paper pads can be laid flat; canvas should go in tubes. As always leave space for souvenirs, and items like art books and materials from your course.
5. When considering how to pack your art supplies, here are some more things that you may want to think about:
If you think that it might be inconvenient to shop at your destination, then also take:
7. Some people use vegetable oil - buy flammables when you arrive.
8. Consider using watercolours, gouache, maybe acrylic or at least water soluble oils as they travel a lot better than regular oil paint. Buy a quick dry medium at your destination.
9. I used to take my nice case that held an array of things that I thought I might need. I still take this on trips where I will be staying in one spot and will be there for months; but never anymore on shorter vacations.
I always take a field journal; I have a leather one, and it is lovely but too weighty for flying these days. I am going to purchase something more light weight. I am looking into making something suitable until I can decide the right one to purchase.
10. Make sure to weigh your suitcase, if going on an airplane. Putting a lot of specialty items into your suitcase could make your bag heavy, so be careful when you choose how to pack your art supplies.
This is a nice video of how to pack your art supplies from Lorraine Bell.