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! 


  • Joyce D said:

    What do you use for marking the vials? I used some dots, but they come off too easily.

    April 04, 2022

  • Pat mastrangelo said:

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

    April 17, 2020

  • Lynn Handelman said:

    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….

    December 03, 2019

  • Gayle ALmer said:

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

    November 26, 2019

  • Jane M Brubach said:

    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.

    November 20, 2019

  • Glenda Dugan said:

    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

    November 20, 2019

  • Dawnell said:

    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.

    November 20, 2019

  • Debora Strickler said:

    What are diamond head pens for?

    November 20, 2019

  • Item Spell Item Spell ItemDiane Allen-Lightsey said:

    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 😇🐞

    November 20, 2019

  • Dorothy said:

    Always pack an extension cord for your light pad

    November 20, 2019

  • Dorothy said:

    Always pack an extension cord for your light pad

    November 20, 2019

  • Jo Ann Bethune said:

    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!!!!

    November 20, 2019

  • Lori Peacock said:

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

    November 20, 2019

  • Jo Wright said:

    Most informative!

    November 20, 2019

  • Marjorie Patch said:

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

    November 20, 2019

  • Tami Bechtle said:

    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?

    November 20, 2019

  • Nicole said:

    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.

    November 20, 2019

  • Jenny Howe said:

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

    November 20, 2019

  • Sue Hibberd said:

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

    November 20, 2019

  • Patricia Fairbanks said:

    Small baby food jars work great

    November 20, 2019

  • David R Rousseau said:

    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.

    November 20, 2019

  • Becky said:

    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.

    November 20, 2019

  • Diane Hozjan said:

    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!)

    November 20, 2019

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