I’m really excited about this month’s addition to The Organization Toolbox! I certainly love creating worksheets and planners for you guys. But every now and then, it sure is fun to let the creativity flow and come up with something that is not only useful but also fun and family-friendly! I’ve had the idea for Printable Travel Journals tucked away since I released the coordinating Printable Vacation Planner earlier this year…and I am so excited to have them done with plenty of summer left to use and enjoy them! Let me give you a full tour of my newest printable kit and share some creative ideas for using these pages to capture your favorite moments of any upcoming trips!
These Printable Travel Journals are simple little “booklets” designed to capture thoughts, notes, memories and details for any trip or vacation! Although anyone can use them, they were definitely created with kids in mind!
The booklets are comprised of four different worksheets that when printed back-to-back and then folded in half…
…result in a 7-day journal that is easy to tuck into any backpack, travel bag, glove compartment, or even your back pocket!
I worked hard to not only make these travel journals easy to print and assemble, but also flexible and customizable to suit your specific family and vacation! Let me dive into some specifics!
The Printable Travel Journal from Cover-to-Cover!
Let me start by showing you all the pages in these Printable Travel Journals and demonstrating how they look/work when assembled!
Each journal has a coordinating front and back cover featuring a specific design for the kind of trip you’re going on (more on that in a sec!). Both covers are actually printed on the same sheet; but when folded in half, they create an adorable front and back to the travel journal!
As you flip open to the first page, you’ll see some simple travel details to fill in on the left, and the daily journal entries start on the right.
The details printed onto the front cover of the journal are quick little notes about the trip. They’re a fun activity to do at the start of a vacation; and the notes may come in handy if you keep the booklets and look through them in the future!
As you flip the page to the center of the booklet, you’ll find journal entries for Days 3-6…
The final back page of the booklet features the Day 7 journal entry, as well as a spot to record quick, specific memories at the end of the trip! The inside back cover also matches the front and back cover iconography!
While the journals only include daily entries for a 7-day trip, I do include coordinating “blank” journal entry pages so that you can easily extend/customize the journal to match the amount of days you’ll be traveling!
Assembling the Printable Travel Journals
These journals are really easy to print and assemble, but they do require you to think through and pay attention to your printing just a bit in order for them to turn out right!
To start, select which journal you want to make (there are 7 different options) and find it the PDF download from The Toolbox. Note: Each journal is clearly labeled with a separator page!
Next, print the four (or more!) pages of the travel journal double-sided. Now, I experimented printing these pages on a few different printers, and sure enough they all printed a little differently based on how the paper feeds into that specific machine. In general, you want these pages to “flip on the short side” in order to turn out right. However, you might find it easiest to manually feed your paper in and print one page at a time to ensure you have the correct pages facing the the right directions. Of the four pages in each journal, you want to print pages 1 and 2 on the same paper and 3 and 4 together.
Once you have your four pages printed, layer them with the cover page facing up on top and the Day 1/Day 7 next.
The easiest way to assemble the travel journal is to simply fold the stack of papers in half, with the cover ending up on top.
I do suggest using a stapler along the middle fold to keep the pages together!
Another fun assembly option is to use your sewing machine like I did for these coloring books! Before folding your stack of papers in half, just run them through your sewing machine down the middle of the pages (5.5″ from the side).
Then fold the booklet in half along the stitch line. This is a really quick and easy way to bind your booklets and ensure they don’t come apart when in use!
Now that you see how these travel journals come together and what kind of pages are included, let me chat briefly about the really fun options included for you in this kit!
First, as I mentioned earlier, there are 7 different travel journals to choose from…
…and each has their own color scheme, icons and patterns!
The car and plane pattern featured in most of the previous pictures is used on both the Car Trip and Plane Trip journals. Below are the specific pages for camping trips…
…lake and mountain adventures…
…and cruise vacations!
While these 6 specific journals cover most types of vacations, I also included a cover that could be used for any trip! There is even space on the cover to fill in exactly where you’re headed!
Beyond providing 7 different journals, I also have this kit ready to go in both my Rainbow Basics color scheme (shown above), as well as in full black-and-white!
Not only does printing in black-and-white save on a ton of printer ink, but it also provides an opportunity for kids to personalize their journals anyway they want!
You can even combine the black-and-white pages with different color papers/cardstocks to make a unique booklet for each family member.
Below, printing a whole stack of the blank journal entries and combining it with a cardstock cover provides ample room to document an entire summer away at the lake!
Coordination to the Max!
Okay – so I know I am a bit of a paper and planner geek, but my very favorite part of these travel journals is that they coordinate oh-so-perfectly with my comprehensive Printable Vacation Planner! So now… Mom and Dad can have the full-out planner or even just the handy packing lists, while the kids have matching travel journals! Fun fun fun!
Both the Rainbow Basics and Black-and-White versions of the Printable Travel Journals have been uploaded to The Organization Toolbox and are available for download right now!
If you are already a Toolbox member, you can click here to login and download them right away. If you need a Toolbox membership, just click below to get started!
With all of July and some/most of August still in front of us before school starts back up, I hope you are able to get these fun Printable Travel Journals printed out and in use to capture some of those awesome summer memories! Whether you love the full color or the simple black-and-white version, need just a week or lots more journal entries, I hope you find the options here useful for whatever trip you have planned this summer! I can’t wait to see how you all put these new pages to use in your own families! Enjoy!