I don’t travel all that often. But recently I’ve been to Sydney for Blogopolis and then to the Gold Coast for a family holiday. I realised as I packed just how many things I take with me that I have made. Some of them are available in my store and others I have written tutorials for. You can travel crafty too!
I have two of these in my handbag – one for my own business cards and another for business cards I have collected from other people. When I went to Blogopolis I carried an empty one just for keeping all the cards I collected.
You could make one with this tutorial from The Crafty Cupboard or buy one from my Madeit Store.
I have recently switched to carrying two coin purses in my bag. One is small and just for coins and notes. The other is larger and holds my credit cards and the store cards I use regularly. I have a link to my Coin Purse Tutorial here or these are also in my Madeit store.
I made shoe bags not so long ago and shared them over at And Sew We Craft blog. They are simple drawstring bags to keep my shoes from getting the rest of my things dirty.
Dirty Clothes Bag
I also made a similar drawstring bag for dirty clothes. It saves me sorting when I get home! My kids have these too and they seemed to have less clothes lying around the room on our holiday so that was an added bonus.
I have a quilted slipcase for my laptop. It is basically a continuous padded circle of fabric that slides onto my laptop. Then I have a covered piece of elastic that slips over that to stop the laptop from falling out. It also serves as a mat under my laptop when I’m working on it.
All the extra electronic bits and pieces – chargers, mouse, power cords – that I carry go into a zippered pouch. I also use zippered pouches for makeup and hair clips. One of my To Do list items is to make some out of water proof coated cotton for bathroom items. I have written an easy tutorial over at And Sew We Craft.
If you’re checking in luggage then a bright handmade bag tag can make it much easier to spot when you are collecting it. I have a tutorial for Bag Tags that would be perfect.
My phone goes with me everywhere and I crocheted my case. There is a link to the tutorial in this post – it is really quite easy.
Finally my sunglasses have a couple of cases – none of them store-bought! I have one in the car and one in my bag because I inevitably have the sunglasses on my head and get out of the car without the case. So I move them between cases. My favourite was made from a tutorial from Em Ay Kay Ee which I would love to send you to but the blog has gone. The other I made up. But watch this space… I intend to write a tutorial myself in the next week or two!
Ii love shoe bags – they come in super handy! Here’s a tip – if you have boots or high heels too large for typical bags, pick up some cheap pillow cases such as at the dollar store. They work great for larger shoes 🙂
Oh, great tip, Lori!! Thanks!
That’s a lot of great handmade stuff. I’d like some. Things for myself, too, but I never seem to get around to it! Too much time on the computer, I think!
I know that feeling, Lynne! I seem to always be making things for others and not so much for me. But I was determined to have some cute things to travel with…