Last week I shared tips on how to make traveling with kids just a little bit easier. If you missed it you can read it here. This week, I wanted to share a couple ideas of keepsakes we do for our daughter as we travel. We don’t buy a lot of souvenirs on trips, but always make sure we take plenty of photos and grab a postcard wherever we go. I will show you a couple ways we utilize them below!
We love looking through photos and reliving memories together. I prefer having physical pictures rather than looking through a computer or phone. I have made photo books from online companies in the past, but now that my daughter is older we thought it would be more fun to make a travel book together. Before we set out on our recent cross country drive, we gave our daughter an early birthday present, the Instax Mini 9 camera.
She loves taking pictures and we decided this camera would be fun because we don’t have to wait to develop the photos. Plus the vintage feel to the pictures makes for fun memories. It has been a huge hit!
For the travel book, we gathered our supplies: Instax photos, printed photos, glue sticks, markers, and this blank book. My daughter let me know what photos she wanted to include and if there was anything special she wanted to have written or drawn. She painted the front cover and after much deliberation decided to name her book “Black Betty Rides Again.” (Black Betty is the name of our car!)
I tried to let my daughter’s creativity lead the way. As my mom found out early on, my daughter is quite the art director and she knows what she wants! She wasn’t afraid to tell me where things should go. It was a lot of fun seeing how she wanted to lay the pictures out and what doodles she wanted to add. On the first page she wanted a picture of our old home in Virginia that she had nicknamed Spooky. I thought she would want a picture drawn of a mermaid since the mermaid statues are present throughout the city. She, on the other hand, wanted to add drawings of doors on the page. Goes to show you how different a 5 year old thinks!
This book is a fun keepsake, and a great project to work on together. It will be the perfect addition to her other photo books and travel memories!
While we don’t buy our daughter souvenirs everywhere we go, one thing we do is make sure we pick up a postcard. She picks one out that somewhat correlates to the area we are visiting. On the back we always write the date and who we were with. We write about what we did during our visit there and then ask her what her favorite parts were. While I don’t have our collection with me, as it is still packed away, I can show you a couple of postcards we have from Best Friend’s Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Naniboujou Lodge in Grand Marais, Minneapolis, and Nashville. I punch two holes in the top of each postcard and add them onto metal rings in order to keep all the postcards together. We started this collection when she was born so she can see all the places she has been, even if she may not remember them all!
Do you have any fun traditions or items you collect on your travels? We would love to hear about them in the comments below!