This is my travel art bag inventory: 


(Most of the below appears in the photo)

PACK LIGHT (minimize the size of everything you carry, i.e. a mini-mister for watercolors instead of a full size sprayer)​
ORGANIZE  Use a small plastic container with a flip lid (so you don't have an extra thing to keep up with) and fill this with short brushes (cut off if necessary), pencil, eraser, etc. The small black lidded box in the photo shows what I use.

LESS IS BEST   My art stuff (except for the journal itself) fits neatly into a soft sided bag (actually a thermal lunch bag) with shoulder strap (the photo above shows a ruler for scale)


Soft-sided bag with shoulder strap which holds: (* indicates shown in photo above)

Pencil & sharpener—I use the Dollar Tree school pencils with replacement graphite “cartridges” 

Caran d’Ache watercolor pencil (blk, sepia or dark blue)

Kneaded eraser

*Small travel brushes & 1” flat brush for washes [a water brush is great--dispenses water from inside handle to the brush]

*Pitt markers pack of 4 black or borwn and a couple of tombow markers--your choice of colors!

*Spiral Watercolor Pad to use for your journal--I'll make a great cover for it later

2 clips to hold pages back—the ones with the black plastic clamp are good

Bottle of water (for you as well as for pouring into a cup)

*Travel paint palette--I inherited a Murillo paint box which holds 36 colors and has a removable tray. I love it, but for travel-in-a-suitcase trips, this is better: a Dollar Tree small vitamin “chest” with one tray, or drawer, for each day and each has 4 compartments—I put one color family in each “daily” tray


*Small towel/washcloth or fold up a few paper towels (Cheap Joe’s has towels that when wet enlarge to full size!)

Collapsible water container, or one that the other supplies will fit inside—usually I can get a paper cup somewhere

Camera for reference photos later     Optional: tripod (I don’t use one)


TO WEAR: Hat or visor, Sunscreen, Bug Spray


TO SIT ON: OPTIONAL Foam gardener’s knee pad or folding chair---actually, on site I find a stump, rock or just the ground to sit on—don’t take unnecessary stuff, especially abroad!)


Extra fun stuff if it fits: w/c sticks, w/c markers, Art Graf putty (I like the color that is like Indian Red watercolor)--I usually bring some to share with everyone!

A watercolor block is wonderful for plein aire painting if you wish to dedicate a single paper to painting on site