See what I packed on my recent trip to crochet while flying and I will also share my all time go to travel scissors that is TSA approved. And yes, everything fits into this tiny little zippered pouch.
When flying on a plane, I like to keep my fingers busy and I always carry a small yarn project, but the first thing that pops to your mind is what travel scissors can I pack? I just returned from my Creativation trip to Phoenix, and I will share with you all what I packed and went through security check easily!
Here is a look at what all I was able to cram into that little zippered pouch. I needed a small pouch because it had to fit in my laptop bag easily. And in general I like to carry a small project and not a big blanket project while flying in an airplane.
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What I packed:
- Yarn from my stash- a few different colors, and most of these were left over balls from my previous projects. One of two of them I pulled out from their skein and rolled into a small travel size yarn ball. But I wanted a few colors for my granny square and was happy that these fit in the bag.
- Crochet hooks- I always pack a hook and a spare. I have this set of bamboo needles that is great for travel- because TSA in general like wood or plastic crochet hooks vs metal ones. If you are knitter, the same applies. In fact the best knitting needle to carry are the circular wooden knitting needles- I have bought this set recently, it is inexpensive but the quality impressed me.
- Printed pattern- I printed the paper double sided and folded it up.
- Travel Scissors- Scissors need to be blunt, no pointy edges and I prefer to carry a foldable one. This scissor folds into a super compact size and it is also very inexpensive. It is not super sharp, but does the job of cutting the yarn nicely. You don’t want to carry sharp blades, yarn cutters or larger scissors.
- A Zippered Pouch- I like to have everything fit nicely into a small zippered pouch because very often I will carry this in my laptop bag and I don’t have too much extra space. The pouch in the picture came from my IPSY make up subscription, but you can easily find similar ones here.
So if you don’t believe me and think I couldn’t fit all of these into a little pouch, watch my video below. And really, the video explains everything better than a typed up blog post anyway.
Tips for packing crochet hooks or knitting needles:
- Very important–don’t pack your favorite prized hooks or needles. I LOVE my Clover ergonomic hooks but would never try to carry them onto a plane. One -they are metal, and two they come as a set of pretty colored hooks and I would be terribly sad if I lost one of them. This is just a precautionary measure, because even if you pack everything correctly there might be some problem at the airport.
- Pack an extra crochet hook. I have learnt this the hard way. I have dropped one too many hooks in our car or in a plane and spent time searching for them instead of crocheting. So now, I pack two hooks at all times. Don’t pack any more- like if you pack 5 crochet hooks, TSA might look at them suspiciously. In general, if you carry any one item in a large quantity it might be considered suspicious.
- Think about maybe packing a paper tape, this one is in fact from one of our IKEA purchases and has lasted long! and while you might necessarily always need a measuring tape, a paper one is easy to fold and if you lose it while traveling – it’s easy to replace. I needed my tape to measure because all of my granny squares needed to be 12 by 12inches in size.
- You might also want to carry a pen. I like to check off rows as I progress in my pattern and a pen is definitely handy to have.
- Don’t forget to pack those travel scissors. I like that this set has 4 travel scissors!
- It’s a good idea to call your airlines before traveling internationally. You might be able to easily take your project easily on our flight out but rules might be different for when you are returning back home.
This is my crochet block in process- I’m playing along with the Moogly Crochet along 2018.
I hope this blog post comes in handy to you and please do share any other tips that you find useful in the comments below!