When our family recently went on a cruise to Alaska I knew there would be a lot going on. With 5 ports, 2 countries, excursions, and lots of sightseeing, I didn't want to forget the details of the trip. Later on when I go to scrap our photos and souvenirs into albums, I want to remember the stories behind them and where we were when they happened.
So before we even left, I made my own travel organizer. I had bought this travel wallet on Amazon to hold our passports, but it wasn't really big enough to hold all four of them, so instead I turned it into an organizer I could carry in my purse during our vacation.
Not only was it a place I could journal about our trip, but it also came in very handy for holding receipts, postcard supplies, stamps, etc. One thing about being on a cruise is that you are mostly without internet access (unless you pay for it) so bringing things like addresses for sending postcards really helps. And when we got home I already had all of our receipts in one place, and a complete diary of where we had been and what we did.
While we were in Alaska, I bought one of those rubber band bracelets for 99 cents and used it to hold my organizer closed.
Taking a peek inside the journal section, I started off with a calendar/itinerary of our trip. As I said we visited a lot of different towns and being without my phone it was easy to lose track of what day it was and where we would be next. Having a quick itinerary to look at really helped.
I made a two page spread for each day of the trip. Across the top I filled out what day of the trip it was, the date, and where we were. I also included any details I knew ahead of time, for instance what pier we were departing from and our cabin number. The rest I would write every night back in our cabin before we went to bed.
I wasn't interested in adding a lot of pictures to the journal, this was more a place to just record the details.
On the days we would be going into a town, I would add a small map of the area. In many ways the organizer also acted as a travel guide. While we were in Ketchikan I almost completely forgot how much I wanted to visit "Creek Street" until I looked at the map.
Before we left, my dad had sent me an email about his time living in Juneau as a boy, and so on that page I included his story on the left hand page ahead of time, so I would have it handy as we were walking through town.
Day 5 was split between visiting Skagway, Alaska in the morning and dogsledding in the afternoon.
Lots to record on Day 6, like how I accidentally set off the ship's smoke alarm while blow drying my daughter's hair and got a call from the bridge.
Day 7 was spent in Victoria, BC. Such a beautiful city but a lot more crowded than I remember it.
I never actually finished writing on our last day, but I think the word "Home" says it all.
So that's a look at my travel organizer for our trip. I'm so glad I did this and I plan on doing something similar for all of our future vacations.