Remember all the highs and lows of each family vacation with your own free printable travel journal! Every kid can fill out their own travel journal as a great way to remember all the details of their trip.
Never forget your family travel adventures with this fun printable travel journal. Each page is filled with writing prompts for kids, space to document the weather, where they went, how they got there, where they stayed, plus funny moments that happened on the trip. Print off extra pages for each trips to keep track of them all.
Family Road Trips
Our family takes road trips to Idaho to visit Grandma often. The 10 hour road trip is quite the haul with 4 kids and a dog for the ultimate family vacation – but worth it in the end. I am always on the search for good screen free activities for the drive.
Whether you are camping, taking a cross country road trip, or travelling abroad with your kids, I think you are going to LOVE today’s new free printable– It’s a printable kids travel journal!
Why Travel Journals Are Amazing
DIY travel journals are a great way to reflect and remember on previous trips and document each day of your trip. My kids love to draw and look back at old photos, papers, and projects so I figured why not make a printable journal for the kids to write their favorite things! I love the loose style of being able to write, color, glue things in, and just add a scrapbook feel to each individual page.
Journaling is a skill that needs to be practiced over time. I have found it very helpful for my older kids to have a calm moment to reflect on the good and bad of the day. Its easy to make it part of the bedtime routine, or a mid afternoon break in the day. We like to look over the questions and when something unexpected happens we can talk about it from the view point of, well, that was an experience!
Looking for more fun activities for your next vacation? Check out all my favorite free printable travel games.
DESIGNED WITH (AND BY) KIDS
I had a few travel journal ideas and when my kids saw me doodling travel icons on my ipad pro, they immediately added their own ideas for me to incorporate into this travel journal. Not only were they interested, they asked me every night to work on it, if it was done yet, and can they use it now? This has been real life tested for your summer travel enjoyment.
MORE THAN A NOTEBOOK
While any blank notebook can be used as a kids travel journal, the empty pages can feel intimidating for younger kids to get writing. If you are looking for travel journal pages with writing prompts, a place to keep travel memories, or room for journal entries you will LOVE this book. Thought starters, prompts, checklists and artwork are much more inspiring to children. Rather than the overwhelming task of writing about your day, it is easier to just answer the questions such as.
This journal is printed two pages to a sheet of paper, so when folded the booklet is a half-sized sheet. This makes it easier to carry along on your trips as it can fit inside a backpack, book, or purse without a problem. This means it can come with you on a hike in the national parks, on a camping trip, and all your travel destinations!
Fun thought starters include:
- Date and Destination
- Who you travelled with
- How I got there – car, plane, bike, bus, boat, or train
- Where I stayed – Tent, cabin, house, hotel, camper, RV
- What was the weather like?
- Counting the hours – cross off a box each hour of the trip
- Best food I ate?
- Favorite activity?
- What is something that surprised you?
- What is the best thing that happened today?
- Checklist of travel rites of passage – because these things are bound to happen at some point!
- Map of Canada and USA – color in the states and provinces you have been to
- Space for funny quotes and sayings
- Space for stamps, stickers, things found on the trip.
SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR YOUR TRAVEL JOURNAL:
HOW TO ASSEMBLE KIDS TRAVEL BOOKS
Print the cover page on a piece of white card stock on your home printer. The rest of the pages can be printed on cardstock or printed on typical white printer paper. I decided to print on cardstock for the cover and regular paper for the inside pages. I also printed my pages double sided to save on paper. You could also print them one-sided and it would allow for markers to leak through without transferring to the next page.
I may have asked my kids to color with just pencil crayons in order to prevent this.
You could bind the book using whatever method you are comfortable with. I just stacked the pages together, creased and folded them in the middle, and stapled it twice on the seam. Other book binding methods could be used such as string and thread or coil binding. Feel free to use whatever works for you.
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