I always fly with just a carry-on and this time I'm thinking of taking some art supplies with me on my trip and I'm just wondering what the rules are. I'll be taking pastels, china ink and nibs, a few graphite pencils for sketching and my notebooks. No oil/watercolor, no sharp and pointy tools, nothing too big either.

Also, I will most likely be flying from Canada and avoiding US airports.

Is there going to be a problem taking these through airport security?

Update: I've spoken to a couple of artist friends and their experience goes in the direction of the chosen answer, that is, no fluids over 100mL (that includes oily mediums), and the rest should be fine

Update 2: Here's a sample of what I'll be taking with me. Ink bottle is a 60mL containersupplies


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Given the photo in your question, I do not think there will be any problem, all the items shown are not listed under the prohibited carry-on items unless the ink will be in containers more than 100 ml or whatever quantity allowed by the airport authorities for liquids.

For more information about items and whether they are allowed on board or only in checked-in luggage you can check this IATA document (PDF file).

  • Any actual reference to support your opinion would be helpful.
    – Karlson
    Mar 4, 2014 at 16:09
  • @Karlson updated. Mar 4, 2014 at 16:23
  • He might get in trouble for the amount of stuff if it is suspected of being for commercial use (smuggling).
    – jwenting
    Mar 5, 2014 at 8:33
  • @jwenting I don't think so, most likely the stuff won't be brand new :) Mar 5, 2014 at 8:36
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    @Blackbird57 I think updating the question of a photo of the kit will help :) Mar 7, 2014 at 16:51

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