If the above video doesn't play see The Whiskey Painters Standard Palette on YouTube.
The other day I was in Wet Paint (my local independent art supply store) and they showed me these new travel palette boxes that replace the former ones I've been using in this size: 3-3/16 x 2-3/8 inches approximately when closed.
I LOVE it. As you can see from the video, it is still very compact, but it now has half pans that are easily switched out. It's very ingenious and well-made. I'm totally in love with it and had to show you as soon as I could so I didn't even set up lights and a tripod (apologies for the shaky video, but you get to see what is important).
Currently my palette is filled with a selection of M. Graham and Daniel Smith watercolors. But because the little pressure plates are simple to remove I can change my mind in a moment. I can simply take out the pressure plates that lock in the pans, switch out the pans I don't want to use, put in ones I want to use, lock it up and go.
Note: If you're a fan of Schmincke's Pan Watercolors I tried inserting them in this box. They also fit. (That's the only brand of factory-made pans I use so I can't help you with info about other brands.)
With the old box this size made in China, that wasn't an option. While I have this flexibility with my larger travel palettes sometimes you just don't want to take a full box. This makes it very simple to have just a few pans of color that you really want.
So if you like to travel light you might want to check this palette box out. I am not commercially connected to the makers or sellers of this palette. I'm just a happy customer. I paid $30 for mine.
If you would like to know the gouache colors I have in my old palette, shown in the video, you can see the palette and a diagram of colors in "Project 640 Tubes: Selecting A Gouache Palette."
If you would like to see a selection of my watercolor and gouache travel palettes (including the old Chinese box when it was empty) you can go to Travel Palettes for Watercolor and Gouache. The small kids palettes that you see in that image are palettes that I carry with me every day, regardless of where I'm going or for how long. The larger travel palettes are for when I'm going to a specific destination or on a road trip. The old Chinese palette was something I carried for special trips to the zoo, or day destinations, when I wanted more color. Now I have an even better option.