When packing my supplies, I try to plan for the two options in luggage: Carryon and Checked.
- has a size limit but not a weight limit
- is only handled by me, so I know the supplies will arrive ok
- can't have liquids more than 3 oz
- pressurized cabin
- 2 bags- one personal bag and one carryon. The personal bag can include backpacks.
- Has a weight limit (50 lbs per bag, 2 bags limit usually)
- Can be carried in a much larger bag
- Tends to be roughhoused
- Non pressurized storage
- Can bring liquids greater than 3 oz
- Unless you fly Southwest, checking bags starts at $25 a bag for MOST airlines
Packing My BagsThe majority of my supplies were packed in my large checked bag, an inexpensive Swiss Army bag from Target that I bought for my trip to Japan. This bag has seen a lot of conventions, and is starting to show its age, but it isn't falling apart yet. I like it because it's fairly bare bones and I can fit a lot of supplies in there.
Packing for travel isn't too different from packing for conventions, save for the fact that I get to leave the heavy table setup at home. For this trip, I sandwiched my precious comic pages and commission work between my two stretcher boards (just cheap lapboards, really) to keep the pages save during travel.
Top of the sandwich.
NOT SHOWN: Me cramming clothes around my art supplies to provide padding for when this heavy bag gets tossed onto (and inevitably falls from) the luggage heap at the airport.
If you travel a lot, investing in a small luggage scale is smart, as overage fees usually cost more than the scale itself. I enlisted the help of someone with more upper arm strength than I have to do the heavy lifting.
ALSO NOT SHOWN:
I had two carry on bags- a smallish orange roller bag containing the rest of my clothes, Christmas presents, and toiletries and my laptop bag containing my laptop, tablet, sketching tools, and my sketchbooks.