as this isnt technical, ill chip in with a few choice anecdotes about travelling with my tools.
somewhat on a different scale to what has so far been mentioned.
From around 1985 and on into and during the 1990’s I worked several times a year in Europe mainly Holland, Germany and others, minting at events for events like 100th anniversaries or at another using the Quadrega to celebrate the reunification of Germany.
I usually arranged to catch the truck ferry back from Ostende to Dover which docked at around 1130 pm. It was the British customs who couldnt make me out.
Have you been on a charity run to Roumania?
Can I look inside your caravan? (a trailer to you us folk) sure I said, the whole floor was lined up with crates of beer, no he said, not that, im looking for little brown people!!
Another occasion, whats in your truck? I replied its 2.5 tons of Victorian machinery that I have been demonstrating at Schloss Burg Nr Solingen. Then I said your welcome to unpack it all if you wish. I got out all the photos and showed them around. If they had a moment I show them what I was making and give one away.
always works.They walked away! grinning.
The best was the travel carnet. some 35 pages long, its free and I filled it out. There are 6 border checks from the UK to Germany or Holland, and a repeat on the way back.
The stupidity of the system is your checked to leave the Fatherland as you arrive?
That means if you sell lots of items theres no check on them.
Then the EEC came along and no more border checks on anything.
I was minting at a museum Nr. Kommern S of Koln, I had a die , probably from an agricultural show, a prize pig medal some 25mm dia, 3 pigs grazing in a field with a tiny windmill in the distant background… I was making Sweinegeld, thats translated literally as pig money but it means false money, and the punch line was if you have one of these in your purse its always there.!. anyway in a quiet moment I minted 12 off in sterling and soldered onto the backs the sterling omega’s to make them into buttons. Put them on 2 lovely black display postcards, and sold both sets that day!. One lady said she had been looking for some silver buttons to go on her black cashmere dress coat. Im sure they looked very appropriate.
A gentleman commented that he had a little press as well, would I like to come and see it? Ill collect you, He took me to Otto Fuchs Minershagen and his press was 20,000 tons w pressure, hot forging ali wheels for that little firm? in Stuttgart.
More on them another time.
Then there was an argument with the management !! another tale thats true.
Enough for now.