One of my biggest concerns when I would pack my bags would be “How in the world am I supposed to pack my inks?” Now, if you’ve done any pointed pen calligraphy at all, you’ll know that inks can be one of the trickiest tools to handle.
In 2016, I spent six months out of 12 traveling to China, India and Brazil. Needless to say, I had to carry my calligraphy supplies with me because, why not? The first two times I packed my inks, it was a total disaster. Honestly. Ink everywhere, despite my best intentions.
It was only before my third trip that I finally nailed it. Sure, it was quite a bit of trial and error, but if there was a chance of me arriving somewhere ink-free, I was gonna take it! The packing method that I share with you today, is that third experiment. I can assure you that if done right, your inks (and clothes) are going to arrive just as clean as when you packed them.
Supplies that you need:
- Your ink pot (duh!)
- A piece of plastic/cling/ saran wrap
- Two Ziploc bags – sandwich size
- Two rubber bands
You ready? Let’s do this!
1. Hello, Madame Saran Wrap
First, cover the top of your ink pot with saran wrap and then wrap it all around your pot as well. I pour my inks into these small jam jars that I’ve recycled. They are easy to use, plus they go in your carry-on baggage when you travel! More on that later. 🙂
2. Ser Ziploc the First, I Need You
Once the ink pot is securely wrapped around in saran wrap, place it in your Ziploc bag, remove all the air from the bag, and secure it. Again, make sure there’s no air in the bag. After you’ve secured it, twist the bag around the ink pot until there’s no more room for further twists. Then, secure it with one rubber band. Essentially, once you have completed all these steps, your ink pot shouldn’t be able to move around in the bag. Secure fit, is what I call it.
3. Ser Ziploc the Second, Your Turn Now
Use your second Ziploc bag and repeat Step #2. Place your tightly-secured Ziploc in the second one, twist it repeatedly, put on the rubber band, and you’re done. Again, make sure there’s no wiggle-room.
4. Carry Them Onboard!
I promised you there was another reason why I use those tiny jam jars to store my inks. Because I can carry them onboard, I make sure that the jars are always standing upright in my backpack. In fact, I place them in this unique elastic pocket that my backpack has, which allows a tight fit. This removes the possibility of any leakage at all, since the jars won’t be dancing around your luggage as it goes through all that man-handling to make it to your destination!
I’ve used this method numerous times now, and it has never failed me. The thing is, even if your ink does indeed leak, it’s going to be contained by the first Ziploc, if not the saran wrap itself. For me, as long as the leak is contained to the first barrier and doesn’t spill to my clothes, I’m a happy person.
Let me know when you try this method. And if you’ve found a better way, please share it with all of us here!