Packing art supplies for a trip overseas has always been a matter of trial and error. In the past, I took a small travel watercolour kit and a hardcover sketchbook. Other packable items included erasers, pencils (mechanical with extra leads), sharpeners, limited brush selection and a few watercolour pencil crayons. This time I am taking a limited set of Golden Heavy Body Acrylics (I am regretting I did not explore Golden Open Acrylics as they are reportedly better for plein air painting), brushes, acrylic medium, watercolour paper in a pre-stretched pad, sketchbook and other sketch materials. Soft Pastels are also being considered, however, their inclusion will depend on space and weight issues. I checked with the airline and acrylic paints are acceptable for packing as long as they are wrapped in absorbent paper and sealed in plastic. Of course, oils are not.
I could purchase most of my art supplies in France, however, I will have a short 3 months and do not want to spend all my time going to art supply stores.
On previous trips to Italy and France, I did try and paint and sketch, however, it was not always easy when your stays in one place range from a few days to a week. I am so looking forward to having lots of time to sketch from life the subjects I wish to paint later. This is going to be a trip of a lifetime.