Five Tips for Capturing Memories on Your Family Road Trip


We’ve done just a bit of traveling over the last year and we’re gearing up for our big road trip of the summer. Here are five tips that I’ve used to capture our memories on family road trips.

Give everyone the power to capture memories. We have several cameras but I recently bought a waterproof, shockproof camera that I’m excited to let my boys use. During our trips, I’ve looked at my camera and saw unique pictures from the perspective of a 2 year old. Not all are great but they give me an insight in what he’s seeing both physically and figuratively. Also, provide kids with a pen and paper without prompting them on what to do. You’ll get pictures, a note to a friend, a list…They’ll be able to capture what they think is important.

My 2 year old took this way out of focus picture but he's capturing a new friend.

My 2 year old took this way out of focus picture but he’s capturing a new friend.

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My son created this “Going To Do List” on one trip. I loved seeing what his priorities were. 🙂

Drop a note in the mail. One thing that I’ve done since my son has been reading is send a postcard from the places we’ve visited. I write a quick note about a memory from our trip (“We had a great time picking up shells with you.”) and drop in it in the mail the day we leave. It covers a few things. 1) It extends our family memory, 2) gives our family some “fun mail” to look forward to and 3) helped my son practice his reading when he was just getting started. When we get home, it’s easy to put it up in his room as a keepsake.

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Collect one key item from your travels. As opposed to little trinkets, our family memory is a Christmas ornament from every place we visit. At the end of the year, we add it to our tree as well as reflect on the memories that we created in that space. Our son’s love hearing the story of each ornament. Over the years, our trees have grown fuller with our memories.

Take pictures, tons of pictures! One of the greatest things about digital cameras and smartphones is that you can take pictures without wasting film. Momfluential has this amazing list of 125 Photos to Take on Your Next Trip. You can divide the list between your family or make it a group effort to complete but take the pictures in the moment and worry about the edits later.

And finally, Get the WHOLE family in the picture! If you’re like me, our family pictures from growing up have multiple copies, one with one adult and the next adult. Make sure that everyone gets in at least one picture every destination. Who knows the next time you’ll be there? And I know everyone’s not a fan but pick-up a selfie-stick for those out of the way pictures like in the middle of a campsite or a waterfall.

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I was on a remote island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The selfie-stick came in handy.

Oftentimes, we ask a stranger to take a picture but they might just take a picture without making sure everyone’s looking the same way or the camera is focused but with a selfie stick, you can get everyone in the picture and make sure it’s just right.

Thanks to the person who took this picture but it's out of focus.

Thanks to the person who took this picture but it’s out of focus.

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  1. Kristin Goodson says

    I like to download the app Waze before a road trip! It helps give me directions and tells me what roads to avoid. It can save me soo much time!

    • KendraKendra says

      Yes! I love the Waze app too. It always gives great local information like traffic, road conditions, police. I used it tons last year.

  2. says

    Love these tips! We collect Christmas ornaments on our travels too. It’s so much fun to recall our trips as we pull them out each year.

  3. says

    My road trip trick is snacks! Always have snacks! LOL. I’ve found that my toddler can deal with almost any length of trip if he has snacks.

  4. says

    Thanks for the great recommendations! Good idea to send postcards from each place visited. We like to collect small souvenirs, usually something from nature like a rock or sea shell. Easy to write on and put in a glass jar. And it’s free!

  5. Shareen Mioskowski says

    Gee the only thing I can think of at the moment is to make sure you are always carrying snacks and drink because the “I’m hungry or I’m thirsty” always seems to come at a very bad time.

  6. Linda Szymoniak says

    Always allow more time than you think you’ll need for a road trip. You never know when you’ll get a flat, or just need to take breaks (potty, stretching legs, seeing local scenery, etc.).

  7. Kaci Guisinger Harrison says

    Lots and lots of variety of things for the kids to do. I go to Family Dollar and get coloring books, games, madlibs, card games, easy crafts to assemble in the car. I download lots of games on my phone that we can play as a family. Lots and lots of prepared variety is key.

  8. Sarah B says

    I love the idea of collecting one kind of souvenir! We collect fridge magnets that have some kind of educational value, such as State Capitals, State birds, etc. The whole family is challenged to be able to collect as many as they can in a year. It makes truck stops fun because everyone wants to check out the fridge magnet display!

  9. Lindsey Evans says

    My road trip tip is make sure you have everything (essential and nonessential) packed for your trip! The worst thing in the world is forgetting something you need.

  10. says

    We’ve tried all of these things. We also kept a family blog. We didn’t advertise it much, just a place to keep family and friends updated about our travels. There were four of us, and we took turns writing and taking pictures every evening at our campground. If we didn’t have Wi-Fi, we waited until the next day to post. For Christmas, I made a book of our whole blog, using all of our writing and photos with Blurb. It is one of our most cherished possessions. The blog is still live somewhere in cyberspace, but we look at the book every single day.

  11. Daniel Scott says

    My best road trip tip is to double check hotel reservations, especially if you use Expedia, or another service like that. Both times I have used these services, I have not had a hotel room. One never got booked ( I had a confirmation number both times) and the other the hotel was double booked. I no longer use this type of service.


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