Recently someone asked how do I travel with tea; so I decided to share here. Actually I have gotten so used to taking tea with me that I sometime forget others might think it is complicated, but I can be ready in a flash with tea in hand and ready for an adventure.
There are many ways to travel with tea.
Grandpa Style: My "live- in gardener found when he traveled in China many just carried a jar with tea leaves in it. Then on the train or plane someone would come around with hot water in a kettle and add it to the jar. That was it, very simple. I have done that with a glass tumbler.
About 10 years ago I joined the WuWo Tea Ceremony group and once a month we meet somewhere, often outdoors, to share tea. Usually I carry my things in a basket, but many just carry their tea things in a backpack.
If I am flying I have an "official" travel set with 4 cups; so I can share or a small set just for one person. I made a padded tote for the single set and actually sell the tote sewing pattern on etsy.com/marmaladys.
The small thermos and individual set packs quite easily.
Here is my set with 4 cups, gaiwan and serving pitcher.
A gaiwan is the lidded cup where the tea steeps, then poured either into a serving pitcher or a cup.
Both travel sets ready to go.