Souvenirs can be such a fun way to mark your memories of camping and travel. But I don’t like to have lots of clutter in my house–which means more things to collect dust, and I hate to dust–so our family has found a few creative ways to document our camping and travel adventures. Here’s a roundup of our favorite ideas:
One of the first things we started doing was picking out an ornament to represent each trip we took. This started with our honeymoon to the Great Smoky Mountains and now each year our Christmas tree is adorned with a variety of mementos marking our memories through the years.
This map hangs in our living room and has “pins” to mark the places we go. It’s a neat way to personalize our living space with reminders of the fun we have had as a family. And it’s a great conversation starter with guests who visit our home.
Many people have these sticker maps on their campers and they, too, are a fun visual way to track your travels. We can’t wait until the whole map is filled up!
Jarrett purchased a hiking stick a few years back and then discovered that many locations sell hiking stick medallions. So now he is collecting medallions to mark the places he’s hiked.
This rock collecting idea is über frugal, and something even young kiddos can help with. It can also turn into a great educational tool for teaching children about geology!
For the kids, you can’t beat the price, simplicity, and compact size of collecting pressed pennies. It’s become commonplace for museums, national parks, state parks, landmarks, zoos, and even amusement parks to have a custom pressed penny machine, often located near the gift shop. And for the cost of $.51, even children can afford the price tag.
So now that I’ve finished highlighting the various ways we have marked our adventures over the years, I can’t help but think we *might* have a souvenir collecting problem. (There are worse problems we could suffer from, right? 🙂 ) What things do you do to remember your camping trips and travels?