by Ashlee Zotter
Whether you're in your camper for a short vacation, or fulltime traveling in it, you're going to be making memories you never want to forget. We've compiled a short list of simple things you can do to make sure those memories last lifetimes.
This is an obvious one. But do you know what to do with those photos once you've taken them? A lot of people these days have social media accounts that they post photos to. While Instagram is great for saving some of those memories, it may not be the best place to count on them forever. If you do, take advantage of a site like Chatbooks, where you can turn your Insta posts into a book. Or sites like Yearbound and EgoBook where you can choose to print your Facebook photos and statuses selectively, or by year.
If you just take photos but don't have a social media account, consider taking your phone or memory card to a place like Walgreens or Walmart where you can print your photos and put them into a scrapbook or photo album. You can even upload them straight to sites like Fluttershy, and turn them into memory books, or simply have the photos shipped to you without having to drive anywhere extra. Bonus? You can have books and photos sent straight to family and friends, too!
If you're a sporadic traveler, consider making your photographs into blankets, coasters, rugs, t-shirts, mugs, magnets and more. Even getting a digital photo frame that has a slideshow of your favorite moments can not only be a wonderful addition to any living room, but also a perfect gift.
2. Trinkets or other small items
Depending on whether or not you travel fulltime will be a determining factor in whether or not you choose to start a memories collection. Small but great ideas include having a postcard album or a squashed penny book. Both of these things are incredibly cheap and very easily stored without taking up much room. Some people have chosen to have a shoebox with tiny outside finds, and others have chosen to collect things like Christmas tree ornaments to bring back the memory of their travels at the special family Holiday.
Journaling can be tough for those of us who are, in the nicest way, wordy. But if you have a journal meant for a specific purpose, such as documenting a trip, it becomes much easier. Label the spine of it with something like "Travels", and at each new adventure put the location and year with a new tab. You'll have your memories of your adventures in your very own words with your own thoughts and feelings of the time, readily available like your favorite book.
4. Have a memory jar
A mason jar or even a decorated plastic container (often times better than glass while traveling in a camper) make for great ways to keep thoughts and other small finds on your trip. Simply jot down the thought you had, or the thing someone said or did, fold it up with the time and date and drop it in the jar. Drop a pretty shell or rock or other little treasures inside, too. When you're missing your adventures or feeling stagnant, reach in and pull out a random note and smile at the memory you may have otherwise forgotten.
You can often take short videos on your mobile phone, and there are countless apps that make it easy to sort through those and turn clips into small movies. But having a video recorder can be just as good, capturing all the moments and having them backed up on a disc. Some people choose to vlog their adventures as well, allowing them to share a story in blog form in places like YouTube. Also consider something like a GoPro if you're an avid outdoor activity lover, swimmer or very active.
Though these are some of our favorite ways to make the best out of travel memories, there are many other options, too! Scrapbooks and shadow boxes are other popular choices, or photo calendars, maps, and puzzles! What are some of the things you do to remember your travels?