7 Tips for Traveling

It is almost winter vacation! Do you have some trips planned? Will you be traveling with your crochet?

If you are anything like me, packing your crochet is just as important as packing all of your clothes and necessities. It wouldn’t be a vacation if I didn’t have my hooks and yarn with me.
Whether you are traveling by plane, train, or car, we have some travel tips for you!

Tip #1:  Don’t do the driving, if at all possible. Confession time—I always make my hubby drive. Eight hours of crafting time is incredible.

~As a passenger in a long car
ride, you have more time!~

Tip #2:  Start your project at home and pack it securely. Whether you drive or fly, it is always a good idea to begin the project at home, and then pack your yarn, hook, and anything else needed into a small bag. Zip lock bags are great or any project bag with a tie or snap closure. What you want to avoid is having your hook fall out in the tight places in your car or roll back three rows while you are on a plane.

~Having a dedicated bag for supplies
and tools will help keep your projects
organized while traveling.~

Tip #3:  Plan your yarn. I like to bring along a project that uses one main type of lightweight yarn. I frequently choose Knit Picks Chroma Fingering because it has almost 400 yards per ball or Michaels’ Wool-Ease which has almost 600 yards. Projects that have a lot of color changes are difficult while traveling. That’s why I love Chroma Fingering so much. Self-striping yarn holds my interest but doesn’t require any of the fastening off, cutting, and other aspects that require additional tools. I also really like Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable for traveling. Lightweight yarns allow you to create a big project without taking up so much space.

Prep your yarn too. Make sure you don’t end up with a mess of yarn barf in the middle of a plane ride, so it’s great if you can wind it into a cake or a ball beforehand.

~Prepping your yarn at home will make
traveling with your project easier.~

Tip #4:  Remember your pattern. Either print it out or make sure it is downloaded to your smartphone or tablet. Don’t get caught with no internet 30,000 feet up in the air! We have several round-ups that include great projects while on the go.

~Don't forget to pack print-outs
of your patterns 
or load them
to your smart device.~


Tip #5:  Choose projects with easy repeats. This is not the time to do the complicated amigurumi or make a sweater. Scarves and shawls are great. If your trip is short, a hat might also be a fun project.

~Projects with easy repeats are great choices
for traveling!~

Tip #6:  Pack plenty of projects for your actual vacation (not the travel time). I like to bring a separate bag just for crafting. If flying, I would check this bag, but for driving, I just put it at my feet in the car. I make sure to check each pattern before I leave home for hook size, and any extra supplies needed. A zippered pencil case works perfectly for the hooks that you’ll need and bring along some stitch markers, even if you don’t normally use them. And don’t forget a small blunt yarn needle.

~Don't forget to pack a bag of your project supplies!~


Tip #7:  If you are flying, you’ll want to check the latest TSA safety rules for carry-ons. Hooks are not on the prohibited list but you may want to avoid very small steel hooks and carry aluminum, bamboo, or plastic hooks on the plane.

~This hook might be too sharp to pass through
TSA Security Checkpoints.~

For scissors, choose the blunt-tip variety with a blade length less than 4 inches. Nail clippers are also a good substitute and cut yarn nicely. Even a dental floss container has a great little cutter. These are good guidelines, but always check with your specific airline and destination country, especially for foreign travel. Rules do vary from country to country.

~In lieu of scissors, an empty dental floss
container can make an effective yarn cutter.~

Happy Holidays!

For more tips on traveling with supplies on an airplane, see our blog post:

 Are Crochet Hooks Allowed on Planes?

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