Quick Tips: Diamond Painting Travel Hacks

October 18, 2019 2 min read 22 Comments

About a month ago, I found myself panicking because I had a cruise coming up and was only halfway finished with my current Diamond Painting. 

Like any good Diamond Painting addict, I wasn't about to go two whole weeks without placing any drills. 

Naturally, I scrambled to find some way to take my semi-giant work-in-progress with me.

Luckily, with the right prep and accessories, I was able to travel safely with my kit (airplane and all!). Before long, I found myself on the lido deck with people constantly stopping to ask me what I was doing. I felt like a celebrity! 

Without further ado, here are some quick tips for all of you DP addicts who love traveling but don't want to go through withdrawal when you do!

Tip 1: Use Spill-Proof Vials For Your Diamonds

The diamond storage containers you normally use are great for at-home use, but they simply won't be suitable for traveling.

Instead, you'll want more secure "spill-proof" vials with caps that screw on tightly. That way, you won't experience any nasty diamond spills.  

Now, to actually transport these vials, you'll also want a durable carrying case with a zipper and foam inserts that keep everything locked down tight. 

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Tip 2: Use A Puzzle Carrier For Your Canvas

These things are a God-send! Head on over to Amazon and pick yourself up a Puzzle Carrier to keep your canvas rolled tightly and away from harm.

While some carriers come with flimsy cardboard, we recommend a carrier with an inflatable tube and roll-up mat (pictured above) to make sure your diamonds are locked in place. 

When rolling, we suggest having the diamonds facing outward. If you roll up your canvas with your diamonds facing inward, you may end up with creases in your canvas. 

Bonus Tip: If you prefer a more DIY method, you can always make your own Puzzle Carrier with a thick sheet of felt, a pool noodle, and large rubber bands. Get crafty and use your imagination!

Tip 3: Consider An Art Portfolio To Transport Your Canvas 

If you're not too keen on rolling up your canvas in a puzzle carrier, consider an Art Portfolio Case. These nifty little carrying bags are water resistant and lightweight, so they're a great option if your kit is on the smaller side. 

Tip 4: Bring A Smaller Diamond Painting Kit  

Generally, we recommend traveling with a smaller canvas (not larger than 50x75cm). It's just a bit impractical to haul around your XXXXL kit with you, and you may not even end up having much time to do it!

Tip 5: Don't Spend All Your Time Diamond Painting

At the end of the day, you're on vacation! Sure it's relaxing to spend some "in between" time working on your DP, but don't forget to stop, look around, and enjoy the sights while you're away! You'll always be able to finish your painting when you get home. 

Have any travel hacks we may have missed? Let us know in the comments down below! 


22 Responses

Pat mastrangelo
Pat mastrangelo

April 17, 2020

I have 4 kits coming.Do I have everything in the way of tools to do each picture

Lynn Handelman
Lynn Handelman

December 03, 2019

I find the round head tool difficult to use for the square diamonds. What is best tip or do they have a square tip tool? Also, what is Replacement for regular red wax. I saw a woman recommend a blue grey product, which last forever. I think it was called Blue Dep….

Gayle ALmer
Gayle ALmer

November 26, 2019

Please send me the rest of my order. Only received the 3 pens, no pictures, diamonds or other implements. Thank you!

Jane M Brubach
Jane M Brubach

November 20, 2019

Great tips for traveling. Thank you! I need to take a kit to Connecticut for Thanksgiving. Under the gun to finish it. Keep the great tips coming.

Glenda Dugan
Glenda Dugan

November 20, 2019

I do not have bottle, But I wish that I did. I would love then. Be cause I get ready to do some. Thank You

Dawnell
Dawnell

November 20, 2019

I am new to diamond painting. I still waiting for all the equipment that I have ordered to tickle in. I have from almost from the beginning, travel 2 to 3 days a week with my DPs. These are all good tips. Some a few small details that I saw that was missed. In Tip 1. Find a bag big enough to fit your items in, that will slip over the handles of your rolling bags. In Tip 2, I like the idea of the roll up puzzle keeper (I will be adding this to my travel kit), I would add to get a yogi mat bag that will sling over your shoulder (if the roll up doesn’t fit in your bag. In Tip 3, if buy a Art Portfolio bag been sure to buy one with handles to carry and a strap to sling it over your should. (I didn’t, and it is a pain to haul everything and have a coffee of tea or coffee in my hand). I find that being hands-free makes moving through crowds easier. Thanks for reading this. Keep doing what makes you happy.

Debora Strickler
Debora Strickler

November 20, 2019

What are diamond head pens for?

Item Spell Item Spell ItemDiane Allen-Lightsey
Item Spell Item Spell ItemDiane Allen-Lightsey

November 20, 2019

Thank you I was wondering how to do that with my diamond painting. Some of the items I have. So thank you once again for sharing
Go figure 😇🐞

Dorothy
Dorothy

November 20, 2019

Always pack an extension cord for your light pad

Dorothy
Dorothy

November 20, 2019

Always pack an extension cord for your light pad

Jo Ann Bethune
Jo Ann Bethune

November 20, 2019

I bring my painting to work with me all the time. I work the audit shift(graveyard), and have an understanding boss. There are a lot of hours of just sitting and doing nothing. This is where I get a lot of my work done. I’m loving the Christmas cards by the way!!!!

Lori Peacock
Lori Peacock

November 20, 2019

I love diamond painting! I got my daughter addicted now too!

Jo Wright
Jo Wright

November 20, 2019

Most informative!

Marjorie Patch
Marjorie Patch

November 20, 2019

I would like to have these products how do I get them and how much are they love to do diamond painting

Tami Bechtle
Tami Bechtle

November 20, 2019

I will be traveling by plane and I’m concerned about checking in my painting with my luggage. Are you able to carry this onto the plane? Mine is 60×60 and almost finished. I currently store mine in an “architects tube”. Any suggestions for airplane travel?

Nicole
Nicole

November 20, 2019

Security can consider your tweezers if sharp enough or pointy enough to be a potential weapon in airports. And for diamond painting, we know the sharper the point the better. Plack the tweezers in the suitcase, not your carry-on! I packed my travel diamond painting case and put it in my backpack to save space in my loaded suitcase, but they took the tweezers due to the sharp point. If you can, pack the diamond pen, tweezers, tray, and wax into your suitcase. They usually fit in your makeup case or you can put them in a pencil case if you have loose powder makeup and worry about the wax. Also, to load a light box, store the cords in with your electronics, but the light box pack between several layers of clothes. Cheap padding you already planned to take! If you worry, you can fit most light boxes in a gallon Freezer Ziplock bag with double zipper and not sliding zipper, and the freezer will keep it a bit more airtight just in case than the regular one, and the zipper bags can easily open so not ideal.

Jenny Howe
Jenny Howe

November 20, 2019

Wow Thank you, super ideal, I’m going to get one soon

Sue Hibberd
Sue Hibberd

November 20, 2019

As above, I take smaller stuff, cards, stickers & keyrings. It satifies the craze but is light & portable.👍win win.

Patricia Fairbanks
Patricia Fairbanks

November 20, 2019

Small baby food jars work great

David R Rousseau
David R Rousseau

November 20, 2019

I built my wife a laptop square box that doubles as a computer lap table. It opens and is about 2 1/2 inches deep. It holds all her dp materials and even doubles as an adjustable level top for writing and computering.

Becky
Becky

November 20, 2019

When I traveled to Costa Rica I brought along my small diamond painting kits. I used the bottles that had screw on tops also. The other things I brought was a small foldable battery powered light and a small laptop desk. Everything fit in a laptop case and was easy to carry any where.

Diane Hozjan
Diane Hozjan

November 20, 2019

Perfect hacks! All work! Make sure you are ready to explain what your doing! Allow people to try it with you painting! Give them Paint with Diamonds website address! And or cheryl@paintwithdiamonds.com email address! Tell them who sent them! Most of all enjoy the attention you are going to get! Share our painting with diamonds addiction! (pssst tell them there is always a PWD20 discount at checkout!)

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