Hiking Plein Air Kit

This summer I am going to take on the challenge of hiking to my watercolor painting locations! Since some of the hikes are 7 miles one way I have to really be strategic about what I am packing so that I still have room for the necessities like water and snacks!


Everything I'm bringing!

* Fold up toiletry bag - This is great because its really easy to see everything I'm packing and fits in my backpack.

* Travel Journal - The Paul Rubens travel journal in size 7.68 x 5.81 inches has been a great size and great paper! I love that I can paint on both sides of the paper too!

* Pencil and eraser - I don't think I will use these a lot but they are small so I will probably bring them

* Paints - Ideally I would only bring 6 colors that match the area I'm hiking in so that I can keep mixing to a minimum or be able to mix on the page

* Paint Tins - I have put my paints into little tins so that when I'm done with them if they are still wet they won't leak anywhere. I also glued a paint swatch to the top and wrote the color name on the bottom so it's super easy to find what I'm looking for. The tins also make it easier to just take the ones I need compared to trying to change out a bunch of half tins in a palette.

* Mixing Palette - I think I will bring a couple extra empty tins for mixing since they already have a lid but I'm hoping I won't need to use them.

* Bottle of water - A bottle of water with a good screw lid so that I can pack it in AND out easily. I don't want to be dumping paint water on innocent plants.

* Washcloth - For drying off brushes

* Brushes - Leaning towards smaller brushes since my paper is smaller anyways

* Collapsible Cup - May need this if my water bottle mouth is too small for easy rinsing

* Dropper - Instead of a spray bottle I'm opting for a dropper to wet my paints because it's much smaller