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Posted 10/11/2012 by Scrapcollectorcrazy7 in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 452,359
January 2010
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Posted: 10/11/2012 10:58:55 AM
I know this has been asked many times but I will be flying to a weekend retreat and need some tips on packing. What are your best tips for long distance scrappy travel? I don't have a ton of time to do a lot of prep work (titles etc) so I am going to print pics for my stocked up pile of SG kits. I want to take other things too. I plan on putting my pictures in my carry-on and making notes to what kit they are for but beyond that I haven't thought supplies etc. What say the peas? If you have flown for a scrap weekend how did you pack? I can check 2 suitcases without a fee but need to be under the weight...Thanks!!!


PeaNut 96,729
July 2003
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Posted: 10/11/2012 11:41:56 AM
I've flown for a couple of scrap retreats. I used a Mimi tote that was designed for scrap supplies and it's served me well. It was checked by TSA when I flew and no supplies were damaged or stolen.

If you're going to use regular luggage, I think that you could use the big two gallon ziplock plastic bags or the paper takers to hold 12x12 paper.

Think carefully about what other supplies you'll need-you'll want to pack scissors, adhesives,etc. in the checked luggage. Since you're using kits that should simplify what you will be packing in terms of embellies.

Have a great time!

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PeaNut 417,049
March 2009
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Posted: 10/11/2012 1:13:40 PM
I flew to Seattle from St. Louis for a CKC weekend and I did one carry one bag and one tote.

I put kits in the tote. My clothes and my tools went into my carry on bag. I did put my scissors, paper piercer, some ink, etc. into a ziplock bag and put it right on top so the xray would see everything. I put the papercutter at the bottom of the bag.

Simple, simple, simple is the key.

Now if I wanted to check a bag, I've put my XXL on the plane before. Worked great!


PeaNut 154,757
June 2004
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Posted: 10/11/2012 1:42:15 PM
I have flown to one crop (Disney World) and to retreats like Creative Escape, Inspiration Unlimited, and even to Greece!

There are a few key things I did -
First, don't think you have to take every single thing. Scrapbookers are some of the nicest people I know and are usually more than willing to let you borrow a tool, etc. So I would take just the basic tools and concentrate more on taking some page kits. I also take a small amount of embellishments like buttons, brads, washi tape etc. - just a small amount. I might also put in some basic stamps and some basic thicker sets. It is also helpful, if you are traveling with someone else, to split basic supplies - I'll take the black ink, you take the brown ink. I put all of my tools into one of those plastic boxes (similar to a kid's pencil box but a little bigger)and put big rubber bands around the outside.
When I pack a page kit - I do my cardstock, patterned paper, any embellishments that match the paper or that I just know I want to use (as long as they aren't too bulky), and any memorabilia for that page. I put my pictures for that layout in the kit bag (ziploc bag)as well. I stack those kits on top of each other in one of those plastic paper taker storage containers you can get at Michaels, AC Moore, etc. All of it would fit in that one paper taker! And you want it to be full so things can't move around and get bent, etc.
I would put the took kit and an extra paper taker in my checked luggage. The paper taker with my page kits, pics, etc. I would carry in my carry-on. The extra paper taker is for completed layouts or stuff you buy, etc.

It is amazing the amount of layouts you can accomplish doing this. Something about not having all your supplies to go through is very cathartic in terms of actual output. You know you don't have it so you don't spend time looking for it. You could always add additional embellishments, etc. when you come home.
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