My Travel Sketch Kit for Mindful Drawing

My travel sketch kit

Mindful Drawing on the Go: How a Travel Sketch Kit Can Help You Create Amazing Drawings Anywhere

You don’t have to travel far from home to have a relaxing drawing experience. Just going to the coffee shop or bookstore can help you get away from the distractions of home and focus on making a mindful drawing.

That’s why it’s important to have a travel sketch kit you can take wherever you go. With the right supplies in your sketch kit, you’ll be able to create amazing drawings and sketches no matter where you are. This blog post will look at the benefits of having a travel sketch kit, the essential drawing supplies you’ll need, what to look for in a sketch kit container, and some creative ideas for mindful drawing on the go.

Don’t miss the link at the end of this post to get a free checklist to make putting together your sketchbook kit easy.

Benefits of Having a Travel Sketch Kit

Having a travel sketch kit can be incredibly beneficial for any artist or creator. It also helps to keep all of your supplies organized and accessible so that you are more likely to take them along. A travel sketch kit is also great for creative inspiration, as it encourages you to draw and sketch in new places and to explore new ideas. With the right supplies in your sketch kit, you’ll be able to create amazing drawings and sketches no matter where you are.

Finally, having a travel sketch kit encourages you to take a more mindful approach to art. When you create art in a new place, you are away from the distractions of home and, hopefully, your phone as well. You might also be inspired by your new environment’s shapes, patterns, and coloring.

Essential Drawing Supplies for Your Travel Sketch Kit

When putting together your travel sketch kit, it’s important to make sure that you have all the essential drawing supplies. This includes drawing pens, a mechanical pencil, an eraser, and a white gel pen. These supplies will allow you to create detailed drawings and sketches no matter where you are.

Black Pens

Look for waterproof pens with fine tips that can be used to create intricate details. I like to have 2-3 different-sized tips, such as .05, .09, and 1.2 mm. Many artists love their Micron pens for making pen and ink drawings, but I have a few other favorites. My favorite brands are Copic Multiliners and Uni Pin Fine Line (water and fade-proof pigment ink). Windsor Newton also makes a lovely drawing pen, but it might be a little harder to find.

Pencils and Erasers

Mechanical pencils are also great for creating a frame on your sketchbook paper, drawing dots or grid lines, and putting in any guidelines for your mindful drawing. Make sure to choose a pencil that is comfortable to hold and has an eraser that is easy to use. My favorite is a Pentel GraphGear 1000 with a .5 HB lead. and I love using a kneaded eraser or a white plastic eraser.

A White Gel Pen

The white gel pen is also helpful for your travel sketch kit. My favorite is a Uni-Ball Signo gel pen. This pen is great for adding highlights to your drawings and fixing small blips. It can also be used to create interesting patterns and doodles over dark areas.

How to crochet a pencil grip

Crochet a Pencil Cozy

My favorite new addition to my drawing kit is pencil/pen cozies for my favorite pens.

I like the cozies because they make the pens easier to grip and thus reduce the hand fatigue you can get from drawing for a long period of time.

You can make these cozies in just a few minutes (or a little longer if you are a beginning crocheter). They are a great way to learn to crochet. You can learn how to make a crochet pencil grip in this blog post, which includes a PDF of free Pencil Crochet Instructions, or by watching this YouTube tutorial.

Watch the YouTube Tutorial to Crochet Your Pencil Grip

What to Look for in a Sketch Kit Container

When choosing a container for your travel sketch kit, there are a few things to consider. First, you’ll want to ensure that the container is lightweight and easy to carry. Look for a container that is waterproof and has plenty of space for all of your supplies. You’ll also want to make sure that the container is secure so that your supplies don’t get lost or damaged. I like to look for something with a smooth surface so that it’s easy to slide in my purse or book bag.


Makeup pouches and pencil pouches are great options for storing your travel sketch kit. These lightweight containers often have pockets and compartments to organize your supplies.

Sketchbook Covers

Another great option is a sketchbook cover with a zipper. This type of cover is great for keeping your supplies protected and secure while you travel and will keep your drawing supplies handy whenever you grab your sketchbook.


Speaking of sketchbooks, here are some things I look for in a travel sketchbook. I prefer a small sketchbook, but not too small. Moleskins are great if you don’t mind working that small, and they come with various paper choices, such as watercolor paper and dot paper. However, I prefer something slightly bigger and have opted for a 6 x 8 spiral-bound multimedia sketchbook. The multi-media paper ensures that the pen lines won’t bleed through and that I can add a little watercolor if desired.

NOTE: If your sketchbook has thinner paper, please bring along a piece of copy paper to protect the next page of your sketchbook from any pen marks that bleed through. Just store the paper in your sketchbook to always have it for the next drawing.

Drawing Inspiration Around You

When you have your travel sketch kit with you, there are a variety of creative drawing ideas you can explore. One of the most popular ideas is to create a series of drawings or sketches that capture the unique beauty of your travels. Look for interesting patterns and shapes in the places you visit, and use these as inspiration for your drawings. Don’t worry about creating a scene or picture; make several drawings on the page of interesting objects, patterns, or designs.

You can also use your travel sketch kit to explore the cultural aspects of the places you visit. Look for traditional clothing, architecture, and other cultural elements and use these as inspiration for your drawings. This can be a great way to learn about the culture of the place you are visiting and to capture it in your sketches. Again, instead of creating a scene, fill the page with little sketches of things that catch your eye.

Mindful Drawing

In addition to creating drawings and sketches, you can also use your travel sketch kit to create mindful drawings. Mindful drawing is a great way to relax and focus on the present moment. When you create mindful doodles, you can repeat simple shapes and patterns to help you focus on the act of drawing.

You can learn more about how to practice mindfulness through drawing.

Try this easy, mindful mosaic drawing lesson! See how to use an ordinary lid to create this beautiful little drawing that embraces the element of chance and teaches you an easy technique that you can use to relax as you draw.

Use this link to download your free PDF that includes the steps you need to start your creative journey and a link to watch a video demonstration. Your artistic adventure awaits!

Summing it Up

Having a travel sketch kit is a great way to capture the beauty of your travels in your drawings and sketches. With the right supplies in your sketch kit, you’ll be able to create amazing drawings no matter where you are. Make sure to choose a sketch kit container that is lightweight and easy to carry, and find the essential supplies you’ll need for your sketch kit. You can also use your travel sketch kit to explore creative drawing ideas and to create mindful doodles and patterns. With the right supplies and a bit of practice, you’ll be able to create amazing drawings anywhere.

How to Get Started

You can download this free Travel Sketch Kit PDF that will give you a checklist for creating your drawing kit.


My travel sketch kit

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