As I’m preparing for a bit of traveling this summer, I wanted to share details of what’s in my travel knitting bag. It still has all the essentials of my main knitting kit, but is streamlined and TSA friendly.
You can read my 2015 post about my main knitting kit. Much of the same items will be in this list as in my main knitting kit list, but this focuses on compact and airplane security approved items. The Amazon.co.uk links are affiliate links, but not the Amazon.com ones.
If you want to know how I pack my carry-on to keep my two kids occupied for 15–22 hours of traveling, scroll back to last week’s post detailing my tips and tricks. And yesterday I shared how I packed ONE standard suitcase to be enough clothes for myself and both kids all summer. Yep, capsule wardrobe to the rescue!
Before I list what I bring, I’ll go over the basics for what security standards will allow. Here is a helpful post on the TSA blog regarding knitting supplies. Take careful note that the thread cutters that look like spikey balls or ones with hidden blades to cut are actually not permitted in cabin luggage. My Monkey Tool and circle cutter stay home.
What I Pack
Needle Gauges are so useful. In my travel kit I keep my Debra’s Garden Metal Needle Gauge because it is lightweight, slim, and slips easily into my little notions bag.
Zippered Pouch to tame all the little bits. Mine is from Søstrene Grene.
Fix-a-Stitch Crochet Hook Set for dropped stitches. Seriously, I’m on a plane and usually with two small children, there will be dropped stitches. Better to be prepared. They’re available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.
Stitch Markers that are space efficient and easy to find on the floor. That means light colors, glow-in-the-dark, or shiny. I also like ones that make me happy or that I can wear as jewellery too. This trip, I’m traveling with two sets:
• Glow-in-the-dark set from The Little Grey Girl.
• Lobster-clasp set with bracelet from Python Charms.
• Bee-themed set with bracelet from An Caitin Beag.
Measuring Tape. This little one is handy.
Plastic Needle for weaving in the ends.
Scissors for trimming when done or switching colors. Scissors with blades under 4 inches will be fine for TSA and most airport security standards. I highly recommend the HiyaHiya Snips or a classic pair of 3 1/2-Inch Gold Stork Scissors (also available on Amazon.co.uk).
How I Pack My Project
How this translates into what I pack is that I bring circular knitting needles, usually wood. I cap them with the stoppers and put the tips in a slim pencil case with a few pencils. This prevents security agents from encountering the tip of a needle when searching hand luggage, but also keeps them from being snapped if things are repacked awkwardly. Added bonus, no shifting around with dropped stitches.
I then put the slim pencil case, my project, the next ball I’ll need , and my small zippered tool pouch into a drawstring project bag. I keep it in my “in flight” carry-on. That bag also contains a book, my devices, ear buds, air buds, eye mask, ear plugs, cinnamon gum, non-nut snacks, empty water bottle (usually my Brita one with the built-in filter), and anything I think I’ll need frequently in the flight.
I also have a “pantry” carry-on bag, which is a small rolling bag that has changes of clothes, spare necessities, medicines, a second ball of yarn for the current project (or a second project if I feel bored of the current one), and snacks. I also put my house keys in this bag. They’re useless on a plane anyway and it keeps them from accidentally falling out. I won’t get into the child elements in that bag, but it’s called the pantry because it holds what I may need but not the bare essentials. You can also read my really old post on packing for trips with a toddler. That was back when I had one child. Now there are two.
Hope this helps you a little. There are many online resources for travel crafting tips, these are just from my experiences.