So many wondered what I travel with . . what’s in my buckets. This morning I unpacked a couple of the buckets to show you what I carry.
There’s a little variation in the items I bring, depending on where I’m going. If I’m taking projects to sew on while at mom’s, she has most everything I have so I don’t worry a whole lot about taking every item I could possibly need. If I’m going to a retreat to sew, I don’t try to pack every conceivable item because if there’s something I desperately need and don’t have, someone else will have it and will let me borrow it.
If I’m going to some remote cabin or small town hotel, I take everything I think I might possibly need. The packing I’m sharing today is for a small town hotel so I have about everything I think I might need.
I love these little pencil pouches and keep two sets of them loaded. I don’t ever unpack these pouches once I get home. They’re always ready to go!
This one has the following items:
A rotary cutter, extra blade, pen, pencil, a pad of lint/thread remover sheets, Post-It notes, band-aids, aspirin and Kleenex.
This one has a calculator, small pair of scissors, machine needles, extra bobbins, dental floss, more pens and pencils.
Projects and larger supplies are put into buckets.
When we travel with Speck, we’re staying in pet friendly hotels which means other dogs have been in this same room and every now and then, I can smell a dog so I bring along some candles. There’s also a wind-up flashlight and an LED lantern. Never know when the power may go off! I always keep an extra magnetic pin holder, along with a packet of pins, a small pair of Gingher scissors and a couple of spools of thread. Then I begin adding fabric for specific projects.
I try to pack the fabric and block pieces in the order I’ll need them. The border pieces will be on the bottom.
The block instructions/fabric goes in next. I’ve cut all the components to make the blocks because it’s easier to do all that at home with my large cutting area. Instructions and the quilt drawing are also added.
Pencil pouches go on top and this bucket is full and ready for the trip. I have another bucket with a second project to take too.
A separate bucket contains a power strip, a Mighty Bright slip on light (that works off electricity or batteries), iron cleaner because if I’m using a hotel iron, they usually need cleaning. A set of small screw drivers, a larger screw driver, sewing machine oil, Best Press and Speck’s food and water bowls are in this bucket.
Dog food and dog treats, along with a couple of skeins of yarn are added. This bucket is full and ready for the trip! I’ll have my knitting bag with me in the car and it contains a couple of pairs of socks that are in progress, along with all my knitting needles.
There’s a tote bag packed that has a couple of rulers for rotary cutting, a mat, and the extra fabric for both projects . . just in case something is cut wrong or missing.
In theory, with the things I have packed, I could make two quilt tops and four pairs of socks. That’s more than I could get done in one week but I’d rather have too much than not enough.
What have I left out? Anything you take along that I haven’t mentioned?