As I prepare for summer adventures (and way beyond!) as well as ways to document travels in the moment I thought I’d pause to take a few minutes to share some of my favorites, as well as a few tips.
- There’s no such thing as too detailed of travel planning! From considering where you’ll find restrooms to what a time change will do to you energy wise, knowing where there is good food options to having all your reservation numbers in one place – well it’s always good to be prepared!
- When it comes to taking documenting supplies along, pack light. REALLY light. You’ll never use everything you bring, and you can always add more decoration at home.
- For planning in advance, I prefer a binder system for flexibility. However if simply jotting notes down and for minimum space, a small notebook rocks! If using a traveler’s notebook setup, I like to bring 1 notebook that has all my notes, and one that has an empty book for documenting my travels.
These are my top three tips for you, as I enter my 20th (yep, really!) year of documenting my travels.
Sometimes I take my travel notes and turn them into formal scrapbooks, and sometimes I add a few photos to the notebook and/or use the notebook to reference much later when I am scrapbooking a specific event or trip. Speaking of trips – I’ve got six products I love and will share with you here. Note that these products are widely available, but I’ll be linking to Scrapbook.com and using affiliate links. Thank you in advance should you choose to support this blog and use the links!
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This has my full attention right now – I love traveler’s notebooks and this cover seems not only beautiful but useful too. Yep, the New Prima traveler’s notebook cover is high on my need list! Webster’s Pages also makes a number of great covers that I like for multiple little notebooks.
Lawn Fawn vacation planner stamps are brand new, and wow these are going to be great! Stay tuned for a post featuring them very soon.
I swore I wouldn’t buy anything… but I had to! This Say Cheese Binder from Simple Stories is so great – it’s pictured in photos above and I’ll be explaining how I’m using the system to be a photo + planner combo for a distant future trip. I love the 6×8 size, and their binders are most excellent for scrapbooking!
If you’re looking for a good travel stamp set for your scrapbook – check out these PinkFresh vacation stamps. Loving all the options.
My usual “everything must fit in here” limit for travel is this Webster’s Pages folio. I’ve talked about it before – it is a great zippered pouch with spots for everything from stickers to pens, and you can fit some washi or other small items in too.
When it comes to pens – if I want to be sure the words I’m writing last, I use Sakura Micron pens. The ink is smooth, they’re easy to write with, and I have been using them for as long as I can remember.
Well that wraps up my travel post (pouch mentioned is shown above) – for today at least. I have several in-depth posts coming up, as I love sharing ideas! For me travel is wonderful in and of itself, but documenting details both in the moment and preserving ephemera and stories + photos later with a scrapbook? Priceless!
If you’d like to see more of my vacation scrapbooking that category of blog post can be found here. You can also see my “hurry up and finish” scrapbook “project Hawaii” series here. Vacation scrapbooking will always be close to my heart, as I love preserving adventures in so many different ways. Do you ever journal or document your trips? What is your favorite format? I’m playing with a lot of different approaches these days and I’ll be sure to share here.