If you were trapped in the jungle for 8 days… what would you take?

Tomorrow, the family is heading to Costa Rica for spring break. We expect lots of sun, beach, relaxation, pool time, monkeys, maybe a zip line or horse back ride and definitely a lot of exploring. We are going to Playa Flamingo, Guanacaste. It is hot, it is beachy and the jungle literally spills into the ocean. There is nothing like a change in scenery to shake off the winter grime.

So trapped here, voluntarily and blissfully. What will I take?

I took these to Mexico. The brushes hold water in the stem and I can paint on the plane pretty easily with them. From Seattle, this is going to be around 10 hours of travel time. Though I don’t love them, they are packable.

The pan watercolors are not my favorite. I have a lot more flexibility with tubes. But they are portable. Plus, I have this huge set of new ones, not even opened.

I used up my watercolor paper journal and the art store didn’t have any. So I grabbed some small Arches Watercolor blocks.

This time maybe I’m going to take some high chroma QoR tubes, my silver and gold watercolor, and nicer brushes and one palette so I can do some real painting. My husband is going to think I’m crazy. The last time we were in Costa Rica we were robbed – maybe not. But I can’t bare to part with them!

Oh yeah, and a sketch book and pencils with pencil sharpener.

Addiction? Maybe.

I really I can’t decide what to take.


  1. Wow, those new watercolors look amazing! Opening up new colors is always like being a kid on christmas , I think. I would take it all and pack less of something else. You won´t need socks on Costa Rica! ? Have fun there!!!

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