If you’re going on any kind of painting trip, maximize your time spent painting and minimize problems by following these guidelines:
- Pack your materials, along with a change of clothing and necessary medications, in carry-on luggage—a backpack or small, wheeled case with a retractable handle. Bring this piece of luggage on board with you so you’re never stuck waiting for your art materials and other essentials to catch up with you.
- Limit the amount of clothing you bring to a few changes of both painting clothes and comfortable dress clothes. A small bottle of liquid soap will allow you to wash clothes along the way.
- Be sure to pack comfortable running or walking shoes, a waterproof windbreaker or a sweater, a hat and a travel umbrella.
- If you plan to travel to a foreign country, make sure your passport is up to date and expires no sooner than six months after you return home.
- Use travelers checks and credit cards, as they’re the most convenient and safest forms of money. Using an automatic teller machine (ATM) card is the most convenient way to obtain foreign cash upon arrival—usually at the best exchange rate—but take the necessary precautions to keep your card and money safe.
- Leave your valuables at home and keep an eye on your luggage and bags at all times.