Tip #1, use your luggage to hold your 12x12 iris boxes. They fit into a standard 'carry on' sized luggage without any problem. Why spend $50-100 dollars on a crop bag that you will use rarely. I used my luggage and it worked just the same.
Tip #2, take a kit for your crop. I purposefully made a homemade kit a few days prior to take on the crop to prevent me from taking tons of random paper collections.
Tip #3, plan your pages ahead of time. This tip would have helped me complete more than a few layouts while at the crop.
Tip #4, Pack all your essentials in a tool tote. I used the Craftsman Pink 12" tool box. This worked perfectly to hold all my essentials and mixed media supplies. Also, mark your paint brushes, pens, scissors with a piece of colorful washi tape to mark which ones are yours.
Paper trimmer, scissors, adhesive, pens/pencils, palette knives, baby wipes, paper towels, craft mat, ruler, brushes, tape runners, tiny attacher, hot glue gun and a heat gun.
Essential list for mixed media:
White card stock, gesso, modeling paste, paints, mists, watercolors, gelato, mist bottle, stencils, packaging, ink pads, gift cards, wax paper, stamps, versa mark and embossing powders.
Tip #5, if you like doing mixed media, make sure your mists and paints travel well and do not spill. I used a separate tupperware for save traveling.
Tip #6, pack an extension cord to guarantee you have power for your heat gun or hot glue gun that reaches you at your table.
Tip #7, pack an art journal or an adult coloring books as well, in order to take a break from scrapbooking but continue to be doing something creative.
Tip #8, have one person bring a cuttlebug or Big Shot, etc. and the rest of your friends bring just dies. It saves everyone from packing their machines.
Tip #9, don't forget page protectors to file away your layouts safely, or have a box assigned to hold your completed layouts so they do not get damaged on your way home from a crop.
Tip #10, do not forget to print your photos.
Hope these tips help you on your next crop, especially using your luggage.
I have a packing video I will link below for your viewing pleasure. Thank you for stopping by.