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!