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Things to Consider When Travelling for Plein Air Painting

1. Travelling by car

Travelling by car for plein air painting is quite simple. All you have to do is to make sure that all of your supplies are carefully packed. It’s a good idea to put any supplies you can on the floor behind the front seats, or on the floor in front of the passenger seat next to the driver’s seat. This way, if for some reason you have to make lots of tight turns, there’s less of a chance of your supplies sliding from side to side and getting damaged. You want to make sure your supplies are going to and from your destination in one piece.

2. Travelling by plane

Travelling by plane with supplies for plein air painting requires a bit more planning. There are three options: you can carry your supplies with you, you can have your supplies shipped to wherever you’ll be staying, or you can purchase your supplies over there. When carrying your supplies with you, it’s important to pack them well and not to go over any weight restrictions, otherwise you could face additional charges. You’ll probably need two suitcases: one for your supplies and one for your clothes and other necessities. Having your supplies shipped can be more expensive, but at the same time it’s a lot more hassle-free. If you’re buying your supplies there, you’ve then got to work out how you’re going to get them home, unless of course you dispose of them once you’re done, but then you won’t have got full use out of them. Remember that paint thinner is never allowed on airplanes.

3. Travelling by bus

Travelling with plein air painting supplies on buses can be quite cumbersome, especially if you’ve got lots of equipment with you. For a good and productive plein air painting session, you’re going to need a fair few supplies and there might not be much room for these on buses, especially if it gets busy. The problem with buses is that they don’t have much room for luggage. If you know the bus is going to be quiet, by all means use it because there will be plenty of room. If you can drive or even walk to your destination, it’s probably easier driving or walking than getting the bus because you know you’ll be able to get your supplies to your destination and back without problems.

4. Travelling by train

It’s quite easy travelling by train with plein air painting supplies because trains have plenty of room for you to store your luggage. If the train’s quiet, you can even keep your luggage on the seat next to you. If you’re doing a day trip, you’re dependent on schedules – the same applies if you’re travelling by bus – so you might only have a set amount of time to work. If you can work it so you have more than enough time for plein air painting, great, but if the schedules aren’t in your favour, consider an overnight stay so you have plenty of time in your chosen destination.