One of my favorite things to do when taking a family vacation is to capture images that can help preserve our family memories. Often I take so many photos, that the majority sit on an external hard drive, waiting to be rediscovered again when life is a little bit less hectic and time is more abundant (if there ever is such a time). But I like to capture certain little details on our trips that can help spark a memory or a moment in time during our travels. And one day, I hope to create photo books for all of our travels, documenting the little and big moments of our trips. Because of this, I decided to create a Travel Photo Checklist to help myself and others remember to capture all of the little details that will help in preserving those sweet memories.
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My goal, as my family’s primary photographer and memory keeper, is to take photos that tell our story. As you will see in my list below, I like to include photos of all kinds while documenting my family’s travels. So here you go – a list of 46 photos you should be taking during your many travels.
46 PHOTOS TO TAKE TO DOCUMENT YOUR TRAVELS:
- Photo of entire family
- Photo of your packing list
- Photo of your plane/train tickets
- Photo of packed luggage
- Photo of a road sign with name of destination
- Photo of contents of suitcase
- Photo of children sitting on luggage
- Photo of everyone boarding plane
- Photo of the view from car/plane/train window
- Photo of your itinerary
- Photo of children reading a map
- Photo of famous landmarks
- Photo of family in car/plane/train
- Photo of country or state flag
- Photo of a local park
- Photo of the local market
- Photo of car mileage before/after road trip
- Photo of self-portrait during your travels
- Photo of local fave hangouts
- Photo of the book(s) you are reading
- Photo taking an afternoon walk
- Photo of unique signs
- Photo of a beautiful sunrise
- Photo of a street sign
- Photo inside a souvenir shop
- Photo of kids waking up in hotel
- Photo of a menu from your favorite restaurant
- Photo of a beautiful sunset
- Photo of your passports
- Photo of found treasures
- Photo of local cuisine
- Photos inside hotel/condo
- Photos of tickets to events
- Photo of a favorite meal
- Photo of a silhouette at sunset
- Photo of local people & events
- Photo of beautiful landscapes
- Photos of candid moments
- Photos of interesting buildings
- Photo of the view from the balcony
- Photo of a local map
- Photo of a selfie of the entire family
- Photos of local wildlife
- Photo of bags packed for the trip home
- Photo of family in front of the hotel/condo
- Photo of family returning home
GET YOUR FREE TRAVEL PHOTO CHECKLIST PRINTABLE BELOW:
My recommendations for printing and using this free printable (8.5″x11″) are as follows:
- Paper – I love this 32 lb paper for planner printables or any type of printables that require the use of a pen. This heavier weight paper will prevent bleed through which is of great importance when using any type of planner printables.
- Pen – These are the pens that I am currently using and I love them. They are also available in black. You can find those here.
So there you go. You can hang this on your refrigerator or add it to your household binder and stay on track with documenting the little details on your next big adventure.
Do you have certain photos that you find yourself taking time and time again while on your travels? How do you choose to document those special moments and memories while you are traveling with loved ones?
Holly is a 42 year old wife and mom to 3 boys, from Nashville, Tennessee. She is a hot tea lover, book reader, journal keeper, Pinterest pinner, podcast listener, y’all sayer, self-taught graphic designer, hobbyist photographer, writer and dreamer of all things big and small. You can find all of her ramblings here at Blu Nest Bloom.