As you guys may or may not know, today is the day my first eBook launch! I have been spending SO much time the last few months organizing and creating my printable travel lists, and now I finally get to share it with the world! I am so happy! You can see more about it HERE.
But before I dive into how I use my printable travel binder this month, I wanted to share with you the idea of using any kind of travel binder. Maybe you have never thought to organize your travels this way, and I think they idea of organizing your random lists you create for each trip per section is something that can save a lot of time and energy. Many people find traveling stressful because the idea of getting things ORGANIZED completely freaks them out. They just want to go on the trip, and don’t want to do the work of planning it. But this is why I am here – I want to help make this part easier for you! So let’s dive into how you can create a binder for travel:
BEFORE YOU GO
I would start by breaking down your binder with information about what you need to do before you go. What do you need to organize? What do you need to book? How much money do you have to spend? As I talk about in THIS post, breaking down your trip into manageable portions like itinerary planning and budgeting can make all the difference. Getting the preliminary framework in mind and prioritized will help you stay organized from the beginning to the end of your actual trip. So plan ahead and get things organized before you go.
I also make a list of all the little things I need to do the week/day/minute before I walk out the door for the trip. This way, I know I didn’t forget something big OR little.
People either love packing or hate packing. I am on the “hate” side. I say that because I always forget to bring something, or always plan my outfits wrong. To make things easier, I started writing down on post its the things I always packed for trips. Think toiletries, specific running shoes, travel size items, etc. So start writing down what you always bring on trips, and use that as a start in your travel binder. Eventually, you will have a good list of the things you need to pack for yourself, your kids, your spouse, and more. Also, consider doing this with your carry on as well!
WHILE YOU’RE THERE & AFTER YOU GO
And finally, one other additional thing I found helpful for my first initial travel binder (and something I break down extensively in The Forgetful Traveler) was figuring out the things I needed while I was on the trip and after I returned. For example, you know how you always meet people on your trip, and 2 months later you think, “Man, I should really email so-and-so to see how the rest of their trip was!” Well, I finally started writing down all the names of those people I meet in one place, on one piece of paper. Or those emergency and embassy contacts that are so important to gather before your trip, writing those down in one place, and keeping them in the binder is key. Stray papers are never good.
Keeping these components in mind, and trying to keep them organized, was when I had the “AHA!” moment to create a more streamlined system of printables. Once I started creating them for myself, I figured it was high time I started sharing them. And here we are!
Other Items You May Need
Now that you’ve seen what you could put in your first travel binder, here are a few of the items you’ll want to put together if you want to make your binder organized and pretty.
- A 3-Ring Binder (I like this one and this one.)
- Dividers (I like these ones with pockets and these ones without.)
- Clear Sleeves (Like these, optional.)
- Hole Punch (I use this larger one.)
- In the past, I’ve used this label maker to label my divider tabs.
- Printer– I prefer to print my binder printables at home, but of course you could always send them off to your local print shop or office supply store to be printed as well).
That’s really it! A simple, yet effective way to keep your life and travels organized. Comment below and tell me how YOU would add to or update your own travel binder!
Just in case you’re curious…
Here is a little more information about The Forgetful Traveler!
This eBook will help you plan, organize, execute, and remember the details for just about any trip you go on by yourself or with your family!