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I thought I would do a more nuts and bolts piece on how I travel out of the country with my painting outfit. The image is of me set up on the atlantic coast of portugal at the end of November, but I'm not even sure you can make it out. In any case, I will use the Portugal/Spain trip as an example.
I repack my paintbox in its original cardboard box, with the styrofoam packing material. I have jury-rigged a rope handle on the top of the box, which is tape shut with packing tape. By the way, I always take a roll of the tape with me incase customs opens the box and I need to tape it shut again.
I don't leave me brushes loose in the box; I've found they can work their way out from under the drawer. I either wrap them into a unit with a rubber band, or pack them separately in my suitcase. I also pack a bar of Ivory soap to clean the brushes with wherever I am. I only clean them at the end of the day, since they need a night of drying to recover their tone.
My painting panels get packed in my suitcase. Watch the 50 pound limit; I packed 25 panels for my trip to Portugal, and just squeaked under the line. For a trip, the panels run a little smaller than the usual collection in the back of my car. The usual runs from 12 × 16 up to 18 × 24; for a trip I'll have a few of these, up to 12 × 24, but also many 8 × 10, 8 × 12, 8 × 16. They are 1/8 inch masonite, sanded, gessoed and stained.
We rented a car for this trip, in Lisbon, a hatchback with a nice wide rear dash. I was able to lay up to 4 wet paintings on the back dash to dry. After 48 hours they were ready to stack, making room for the new. I stopped painting three days before our flight home, so that all the paintings could be repacked in my suitcase without damage.
So get out there! I'm already looking forward to a week in Costa Rica in March!