Travel Tips for outdoor painters: Part 3

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Travel tips – Part 3

For now, this will be the final issue in painters travel tips. Today’s post is about collapsible water carriers and blu-tac. Well, I didn’t promise excitement every time!

Water carriers

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Carriers need to be the lightest possible of course! I have moved from clean plastic soda or milk bottles, to hikers’ water carriers. These are not only light but also collapsible so you really have less bulk to carry home. Their bulkiest part is the cap and nozzle. I usually carry enough for painting and a bit to drink. The cap allows for pouring, squirting and drinking. This particular type stands upright when it holds water. I use three or four on one outing, but usually bring a little water home. Three is just right.

These bottles are expensive to buy (about $19AUD) but I managed to find them at a January half-price sale two years in a row! Recently, I noticed some at an Oxfam shop in the UK but didn’t check their price.

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It may not be glamorous, but isn’t blu-tac useful? This is the everyday person’s industrial chewing gum. It has more uses in the field than I can count. Just carry some whenever you go out to paint – simple as that. It does soften and slip a bit in the hot weather, but a bit of hitching overcomes that.

Guessing that you don’t need to see a photo of some blu-tac waiting for use, here is a healthy reminder to end on! I will let you add your own caption…..

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