Simple Travel Art Pack: The Itty-Bitty Airplane Art Kit

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

– Henry Miller

This will make traveling easier! And all of the supplies are easy to pull together in a matter of minutes.

We’re on the road!

Well, truly, we were on the road, in the sky, on the ground, in the sky, on the road again, on a boat, and finally, finally, finally grounded on a rustic island in Mexico.

Sweet summer!

I didn’t think I’d have internet access, but low-and-behold, we live in a w-ifi world and I’m somewhat connected!  So, my posts may be a bit spotty, but I’ll try my best to add some fresh material while we’re away.

To expedite our trip through customs (and save my pregnant back while someone demands that I carry her – I’m not disclosing any names), we whittled our bags down to just carry-on luggage.  Can you believe this?  This has never happened to me in my life as a parent, and now that I’ve figured out the formula it will be hard to go back.

The trick, I believe, lies in the minuscule summer wardrobe (no bulky sweaters and jeans!) and having one child who doesn’t require a gazillion gadgets to keep her happy and healthy. On our last trip I packed an enormous bag FULL of entertaining toys, art materials, games, and videos, which was great – believe me – but this time around we didn’t have someone waiting for us on the other side with open arms and an oversized car.

So, armed with a goal of being judicious, the Itty-Bitty Airplane Art Kit was born.

Easy Travel Art Kit for Kids

simple travel art pack: the itty-bitty airplane art kitSupplies

  • Gallon-sized ziplock bag
  • Assorted Pens, Pencils, Crayons
  • A Variety of Paper
  • Glue Stick and/or clear tape.
  • Stickers, organized in a snack-sized ziplock
  • Safety scissors. Avoid these if you’re flying, but scissors are handy for cutting up travel brochures and other ephemera that’s collected along the way.
  • Any other must-haves that your child adores

Make Simple Sketchbooks

I wanted to bring a bunch of paper, but because I didn’t have the space I folded about 8 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 paper of various colors in half, and then stapled the “spine” to create a few sketch books.  Very easy for on-the-go drawing.

simple travel art pack: the itty-bitty airplane art kitBe sure to check out 10 Creative Ways to Have Fun with Your Kids this Summer for more ideas like this.

10 ways to have creative fun with your kids this summer from Tinkerlab


  1. This is a good idea! Travel,or necessity, the Mother of Invention!

    • As a world traveler, you would be the one to know about travel being the “mother of invention.” I love it!

    • It is, which made me feel better about being up until 2 am the night before our trip. I kept packing/unpacking until all the pieces fit together. And of course there were some must-haves, like my favorite coffee, which I just wouldn’t budge on. 🙂

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  5. nice compact travel pack which can be easy to take with us. Great idea

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