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It's getting to be vacation time (at least in the northern hemisphere) and that means figuring out how to include your stitching in your travel plans, or suffer stitching withdrawal! Fortunately there are some good options. Here are two approaches.
Put the floss into sandwich size zip-loc bags by color family: one bag each for blues, greens, yellows, browns, reds, gray-black-white, etc. (If one or two colors really dominate, you might split the blue bag, for example, into light blues and dark blues.) As you do this, write the color family next to the number on the symbol cross reference. For example, as you put 3799 in the "grays" bag, write "gray" next to 3799 on the symbol cross reference. Then when you're keeping your elbows to yourself in your coach seat, to find 3799 you look in the symbol cross reference, see that it's a gray, and you only need to look through the baggie with grays to find it. You can start with one baggie for empty blend bobbins, and as you use them, file them with the appropriate color family. Store all the floss baggies in a large zip-loc bag. It can be squashed into any number of places where a bobbin box would not go. Keep your fabric, hoop, and chart in another large zip-loc bag. The little box as described above can be handy here too, and it goes in the second zip-loc bag. When you cut floss, run it the length of the large zip-loc twice to measure 24 inches. Even if you usually blend only two strands at a time at home, it's helpful when you're travelling to cut the two colors for the blend, take one strand from each, and store the remaining five strands of the two colors on the blend bobbin. This will save you a lot of fishing for the solid color bobbins when you need a new length of the blend.
You may as well face the fact that work you take travelling is going to get dirty. We recommend that you leave at home anything you might not feel comfortable washing after it's finished. If you use a magnifier at home, take along a good strong pair of reading glasses. (Or, if you wear bifocals or graduated lenses, your optician can make you a pair of glasses in your close-up prescription to use when you're only doing close work — like stitching!)