6 Helpful Items for Documenting and Remembering Your Trip
I have absolutely horrible memory, a curse that often leaves me unable to remember key parts of amazing trips I’ve taken. Even places I went only a year ago, I have to be reminded about seeing certain things or about funny stories from people who went with me.
Throughout my travels through Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, and South America, I’ve learned from trial and error the best ways to / most useful tips for documenting, and more importantly, remembering, the highlights and stories from my travels.
Here’s a list of items that have helped me immensely with remembering my travels:
You’ve probably heard this one before, but the trick for me is journaling in a way that doesn’t take a lot of time so that it is not a hassle or burden to write about your day or trip. A big tip I have is to create a sort of scrapbook with small, printed-out photos placed next to a bullet or two describing key events and stories from the day. And these photos are thanks to these next items:
2. Mini photo printer or Polaroid Camera
The ability to print small photos that fit nicely on the pages of a journal creates a journal that’s both visual and written, making a scrapbook you can cherish and look at forever. This also provides an easy way to show people back at home all of the amazing things you did and saw while away. I use the HP Sprocket Printer because it is a small device, easy to travel with, that connects by Bluetooth to your smartphone and prints small, good-quality photos from your camera roll with a peel-off backing that makes the photo a sticker, allowing for easy placement in your journal. Polaroid cameras are another great option for instantly printing photos, yet I find the size of Polaroids less convenient.
3. Go Pro
You’ve probably heard of this wildly popular camera made primarily for action and adventures. Well, makes sense since it takes amazing quality footage, is waterproof and dirt-proof, requires few or no accessories, and makes recording an entire trip or adventure so incredibly easy. Another plus is you can have not only a scrapbook-journal to remember your trip, but also a compilation of beautiful-quality photos and videos to give even more of a visual.
4. Disposable cameras
These are less of an essential item as they are a fun add-on. I find disposable cameras exciting because you fill them up with random moments throughout a trip, return home, and often forget to develop them right away, so it’s always a nostalgic and often hilarious time going through the developed photos for the first time. The photos also come out with a unique tint that I love.
5. Bum bag
An essential for any travel adventure! Fanny packs are especially helpful for making your camera(s) super easily accessible, ensuring you never miss a moment.
6. Personal Instagram Travel Account
This one is key, especially because it gets quite annoying when your parents and friends are constantly asking for updates and photos. Having a private, personal account created solely for your travels allows for a single place to keep your memories, organized by date, with photos and descriptions that both you and your close friends and family can follow. Rather than a public Instagram or blog aspiring for fame or sponsorships, this is a private account with a select few followers who want to follow you on your adventures.
With these tools, I can finally answer “oh yeah I remember that” when my family and friends get nostalgic about past trips we’ve taken, rather than my usual answer of “wait we did that?” or “was I there?”