Suppose you want to travel with your art, knowing how is most important. If you don’t know how it will all be a jumbled mess of packing and unpacking that could damage your piece. Luckily, you can do things to make sure your work comes out safe and sound when going on trips.
First, if you are traveling by plane and using a checked bag, you must ensure that the airline knows you have valuable merchandise. You can do this by marking the outside of your bag in big letters with “FRAGILE” or “ARTWORK.” Also, you’ll want to package your art, so it does not move around in the bag during transit. A great way to do this is by using a professional packing system. These come in different sizes and styles for different size artworks. They also have padding built in to protect your art from damage. Another option is to use bubble wrap, foam, and newspaper to fill the space in the bag around your artwork. This will prevent any damage from shifting and absorb some of the bumps and jolts of travel.
If you are traveling without a checked bag, then there are still steps you can take to ensure your work is protected. First, ensure that your art is packed into its box and not just stuffed into a suitcase. This way, there is no movement of the art in transit. Also, it’s a good idea to add a layer of plastic wrap over the artwork itself and the box. This will prevent any damage from shifting and absorb some of the bumps and jolts of travel.
While traveling by car, you should also pay close attention to your work. Make sure it is well wrapped and only brought along while in a car. You don’t want to worry about taking it with you when getting out of the vehicle at a restaurant or hotel. Finally, add extra padding, so your art is protected from any bumps and jolts of travel.
If you are going to be on a train or other mode of transportation where you don’t have access to a car, you may want to invest in some art carrying case. These cases come in many different styles and sizes depending on the size and shape of your artwork. They also have padding to protect against any shocks or bumps during travel. These cases are usually made of sturdy materials and are very lightweight, making it easier for traveling artists to carry their work around with them on location.
If you are taking your art with you on a plane, you should pack it in your luggage. If you have water-based mediums, make sure they are packed in plastic and sealed in a separate bag or container. You’ll also want to place those bags in sealable plastic bags that can be confiscated, so they don’t break or leak during baggage inspection.
That’s all for now. I hope this helped. If you have any comments or questions, leave them in the comment section below, and I’ll be sure to address them in my next post.