I actually have two different kinds of bonus beading kits: a large one for predictably long periods of time, such as plane or train rides, and a small one for car rides or to keep in my every day purse.
Since I am heading to Tucson soon on a 5 hour flight, I have my large kit ready. It's a clear cosmetics case that zips closed and has dimension, so I can fit everything I need for small, relatively easy to manage projects:
My list is personal to me, but here are my must-have-with-me-everywhere items:
- A generous handful of small baggies with a variety of colors of size 11 and 10 Delicas
- Size 11 and 8 regular/round seed beads in black, copper and silver.
- A small tin with assorted findings: ear wires, headpins, jump rings in various sizes and metals, small pieces of chain, crimp tubes, closed jump rings, crimp covers, wire guardians and toggle clasps.
- Two spools of Beadalon WildFire beading thread, one green, one black
- Needles in a plastic case
- At least 2 small Bead Stoppers
- A spool of multipurpose stringing wire
- Several pairs of various sized rubber O-rings
- A small scissors suitable to pass through airport screening
- A small chain nose pliers
- A small metric ruler
Okay, advertising alert: Did I mention that I sell my own travel tins for small beading projects? My hubs Mike designed the copyrighted logo for my tag line: BYOBeads, for beaders on the go (TM). The tin is a lightweight aluminum jewel case, 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 3/4 inches, lined with a folded velux bead mat so it holds your beads in place when it is closed. It's the perfect size for a plane or train table--I even hold it in my lap when I am a passenger in a car. Because it has a lip around it, beads don't fall out! And, you can keep your needle stuck in the mat. A small scissor fits, too. I only post these by request on my Etsy site for easy Pay Pal purchase, so let me know.
And remember: there's always time for a few more rows.