Summer holiday season is here and if you're one of the lucky ones that get to take a few days (or even weeks?) off, you may be wondering if you're allowed to bring your knitting supplies in a carry-on luggage. We got you covered on this topic, plus a few extra tips for knitting on the go.
As a French gal living in Asia for 11 years, I've had my fair share of long-haul (and short-haul) flights and my knitting is one of my travel essentials: it helps with travel anxiety, and time goes by so much faster. I never had my knitting supplies confiscated at airport security or by the cabin crew, however there are certain precautions that you need to take.
If you've been working with our kits, all the needles we provide are made of natural bamboo, which are allowed on the plane. Plastic ones are too. I've never tried flying with metal knitting needles, but sharp metal objects doesn't sound like something airport security would like.
Crochet hooks are allowed on the plane so feel free to work on your Boho Basket while watching a movie!
We always include a sewing needle in our kits, which is used to sew or hide your yarn ends. Although I've never had one in my carry-on luggage since I didn't need it, you should have no trouble bringing it with you since our model does not have a sharp end.
Definitely a no-no on the plane, so don't take your cherished Gold Birdie Scissors in your carry-on as they may confiscate it at the security check. Instead, take your nail clippers (which is allowed) and use it to cut your yarn if you need it.
Extra tips for knitting on the go
1. Always carry all your knitting supplies together (work in progress, needles, scissors...) in a pouch or linen bag that you can close or zip - as you don't want to lose one knitting needle on the way, right?! If you have kept our original kit packaging, you can use that as a travel project bag. Since it has a zip, it will keep everything secure. Having everything in one place makes it easy to carry around, especially if you're switching bags during your trip.
2. Since you will be moving a lot, your work may fall off your needles while you travel. To avoid your knit from unraveling, before you put it away in your bag, make sure to slide your stitches to the back of your needles (as far away from the tip as possible).
3. It can be hard to know the exact amount of yarn you need to bring with you during the holidays. It's the worst feeling to run out of yarn but you also don't want to carry too much and overload yourself. Make sure to check the duration of your kit before you go - you can find this information on the pack, in the instructions on our website - this will give you an idea of how much to bring with you. For example, an Everyday Scarf should be able to keep you busy for a full return long-haul flight!
How about you, do you usually take your knit with you while travelling? If so, any tip that you swear by?