If you paint en plein air, a portable easel is essential. Finding a reliable one can be tricky, as a winning model should have enough weight to provide stability as you work but also be light enough to carry out to the field. A portable easel is also ideal for painters who want to bring their own to classes or transport it to and from their studio. Save some cash and purchase a bundled easel set that comes with its own carry case—or at least, a strap and a handle. After all, finding a bag to accommodate the awkward shape of a collapsed easel can be its own challenge. We’re here to help with our picks below.