Mikkie Mills (Member)
Mikkie_Mills on 04/10/2019 at 04:20PM
If you play the guitar and you want to perform you will have to travel around with your guitar. Luckily a guitar is not the biggest instrument to carry around, there are basses and kettle drums that are a lot bigger and heavier. With that being said it is important to understand that your guitar can still get extremely damaged if you do not take care of it while traveling. It is impractical to buy a new guitar every couple of months so to safe money and time you will need to keep your guitar safe and sound as you travel around with it. Whether you plan on doing some serious overseas traveling or just heading over to the next city you need to be prepared for your travels.
Here are 5 ways you can keep your guitar pristine while traveling:
Traveling with an instrument makes life a little harder and can quickly become a drag if you do not have the right kind of transportation. If you have a car that is super small it may no be able to fit your guitar in the backseat or in the trunk. A lot of cars such as the toyota camry, will have a lot of space for your guitar and other equipment that you and your band may need to carry around.
If you start a band and you travel around a lot with them you may want to consider purchasing a moving van that will let your band store all of their equipment so you do not have to continually rent a moving van or use several different cars.
Where You are Going
You could be going to your friend’s house or you could be traveling across the country or even be going to another country. Wherever you are going is going to be different than storing your guitar in its stand and practicing your guitar in your room. Where you are going is important is because you will need different options and different items. If you are traveling in a plane you will need to do some things to keep your guitar safe from being broken.
You are going to need a case, which will be discussed in a later section but there are other items that can make your life easier while traveling with a guitar. There are guitar humidifiers that keep your guitar nice and moist if you are traveling to a place that is extremely dry and does not have a lot of humidity. There are also foldable stands that make storage easier because regular stands are awkward to carry around and store.
There are a lot of different cases out there on the internet and at different music stores. There are two main types of guitar cases: hard and soft. One is not necessarily better than the other but both serve a different purpose. Depending on your situation you may want a hard or a soft case and a lot of musicians will have both for different types of travel. A hard case is a smart idea if you are traveling in a bus or have a storage trailer that will likely have boxes and other items on top of your guitar. A soft case is more lightweight and perfect for taking your guitar to and from lessons or school.
Traveling in a plane is different than driving a car. You will need to take extra good care of your guitar when traveling in a plane. With the changes in pressure it is easy for your guitar strings to snap and damage your guitar. To prevent this from happening you will need to loosen your strings so there is little to no tension in your strings. If you are checking your guitar you will want to put foam padding around the inside of your case so your guitar does not break when getting moved around.
What are some things you do to keep your guitar nice while traveling around? Comment below to start the conversation.