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Art and travel are so interlinked. Whenever an artist hits a block, a pleasure trip can refresh the mind with inspirations. Similarly travellers seldom move places without getting touched by art. How often does an artist need to travel? It’s definitely more times than other people. Travelling with artwork is no cakewalk. It asks for a perfect artist’s travel kit. You need to understand certain pointers about airline’s rules too. Here are a few tips that make life easy for the travelling artist.

  • Deploy checklists: Of all things, checklist comes first. It helps manage your inventory better. It avoids leaving behind a much needed material. It prevents from instances where you need to purchase an item expensively abroad. Know exactly what you will need on the trip before you fly. Remember your inventory before you hit the road to avoid losing them during trip. Backups are good to have. But don’t get too much loaded on a trip, which you should otherwise enjoy.

  • Go flat: Your trip becomes more and more comfortable with how much flatter your artwork gets. In its flat shape you can stuff in plenty of artwork in single portfolio. You don’t have to pay for overweight charges or require extra luggage. It makes up for some efficient packaging. It saves on cost and space, while offering you additional cushion of comfort.

  • Check with airline’s rulebook: When it comes to flying, you can’t afford to overlook rules. You don’t want to learn about the hard rules in the hindsight. Different airlines and airports might have different rules and guidelines when it comes to handling artwork. The materials used or to be used in artwork should be good for flying. Learn about permissible art materials for shipping.

  • Pack light: Traveling light is very much required for an artist. You don’t want to be burdened with excessive baggage. You turn off your reception to new ideas and inspiration. It’s pretty much like disabling the refresh button you wanted. If you have artwork in hand, it’s best to pack it small and light. It makes for hassle free traveling. You want to make the best out of your downtime during trip.

  • Say no to cardboard: Firstly cardboard are heavy. They make travelling such a trouble. Secondly they are not well suited for travelling by air. Choose lightweight wood supports from quality stores. Most airlines don’t take artworks covered by cardboard. They are hard to be kept safe for hundreds of miles. As a last resort, you can cover your cardboard with cloth before boarding them on cargo.

  • Use compact travel case: Suitcase and roller case needs to be of good quality. We are not talking Louis Vuitton here. A decent American Tourister or Delsey would do. Remember you need to lift it into your car, take it on the escalator and check in with it too. Thus, choose the dimensions and weight smartly. At most airlines, the permissible size maxes out at 22” at longest side and 45 linear inches.