Time for the big trip! You’ve planned everything down to the last detail: your flights, when you have to leave for the airport, your itinerary, even what local food you absolutely have to try when you’re there. But wait – did you remember to leave room in your suitcase for souvenirs?
Souvenir is a French word that means “to remember,” because that’s exactly what they’re supposed to do – help you remember the trip and bring back fond memories of the time you spent there. Whether you were with friends, family, or traveling solo, you’ve made a special bond to your destination that will provide you with happy memories for years to come. Below are some ideas for what to bring home from trips to make sure your memories last a lifetime.
Think about a small item you can bring back from every place you visit that will fit into some kind of theme. For example, some people collect shot glasses. You can buy stamps at a local post office, snow globes with the destination city inside, t-shirts, or mugs. These things are easy to find at any souvenir shop and won’t weigh down your luggage or clutter your home. For a beautiful, practical collectible that’s easy to display, consider shopping for magnets that reflect the name and highlights of your destination.
2. Travel stickers
What better way to show off all the places you’ve been than by taking them with you on a new trip? Grab some travel stickers to put on your suitcase, laptop, water bottle, or travel notebook. This will help remind you of all the miles you’ve already traveled and terrains you’ve traversed. They will also motivate you to get out there and keep exploring whenever you’re cooped up at home, longing for a break.
3. Ticket stubs
Hanging on to your airline or train ticket, as well as stubs of everything else you did while there, is one of the best ways to hold on to those memories from your trip. These are easy to store in a travel folder, slip into a photo album, or glue into a scrapbook if you’re feeling creative. They’re a compact, easily transportable, physical reminder of your itinerary — whether you were trekking from museums to shows to live performances or mushing with sled dogs.
This one will make you a big hit with your friends and family back home. First, check restrictions for what you can and cannot bring back to your home country. Snacks and nonperishables are often allowed, and they’re one of the best things to take home with you. They make for great gifts for your loved ones who didn’t come along so that they can get a literal taste of your vacation as well. It’s great to stock up on hard-to-find snacks from faraway locations, too, like foreign varieties of candy or tea. Any time you nibble on these, you’ll not only have delicious food you can’t get in your local grocery store, but also bring back those memories of your time away from home.
You may not have any spare room in your luggage, and that’s okay! Photos don’t take up any physical space and help capture memories, too. You can upload these to your social media or even store them in a photo album dedicated to your trip. Be sure to bring the highest-quality camera you have and check that it has enough battery and storage to take all the shots you want. Some of the best photos are unique — consider taking candids of your friends and family as they explore your destination, or pictures of famous landmarks from an unconventional angle. (If you lie on your back on the ground, you can usually get a shot of a very tall building or landmark in its entirety!)
There’s no limit to how creative you can be with the souvenirs you bring back home. What matters is that you have some way to remember the trip that you took. By bringing things home from your travels, you can give yourself something to smile about when you’re back at home, dreaming about your next trip.
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