Every trip you take adds a host of new memories to your memory bank. Memories that you can fondly look back upon years later. It would be great, right, if these memories could remain good as new forever? Well sometimes, a little help is all they need. And by a little help, we mean those little odds and ends that you can collect throughout your travels to remember your special experiences by. Here’s our list of 5 sentimental things you can collect on every trip.
- Destination Postcards
The perfect (and probably the cheapest) variety of travel souvenir out there, destination postcards will beautifully capture the unique essence of every place you visit, and also help you preserve it forever. There’s so much you can do with these postcards. Bearing photographs of scenic sunsets, majestic mountains, lush rainforests and vibrant villages, these make for great gifts to send out to friends and family who live miles away, thus helping them join you on your travels in a manner of speaking. Create a nice postcard ‘travelogue’ during a cross country caravanning trip, sending out messages and fun facts from your various stopovers. You can even mail them all to yourself, and return home to a mailbox full of happy memories!
It’s the little things that make life worth living. At the very least, it’s those little moments that spring upon you during your travels that make your trip worth remembering. Collectable stickers are a great way to cherish these moments. Simple, inexpensive, and so closely linked with your memory of that picnic, that snorkelling session, or even that culture trail you spent a day on, these stickers will blend in effortlessly with any kind of setting. From adorning your travel journals, to brightening up your car’s dashboard, to sitting pretty on scrapbooks, mirrors and calendars, they’ll look good just about anywhere.
- Key Rings
Key rings feature among every traveller’s list of favourite collectables. The reason being that key rings not only serve as pretty travel souvenirs for you and your friends, they’re also extremely useful to have around the house. Collect destination themed key rings for your home, your car, and your caravan or motorhome. After all, caravans also love a little holiday themed makeover every now and then!
- Refrigerator Magnets
Refrigerators covered with colourful magnets from far off places never fail to brighten up your day. The next time you’re out caravanning, collect magnets from your favourite destinations and bring them home. You can add some of these to your caravan refrigerator as well. The more you travel, the more varied your collection will get, until your kitchen comes to a point where it’s always just a little magnet rearrangement away from a makeover!
- Stubby Coolers or Bottle Openers
Lazing to your heart’s content with a cold beer by your side, fresh air and nature for company, and no agendas to be taken care of the next morning, is one of the greatest pleasures of caravanning. There’s no reason why you can’t bring a bit of this feeling home with you when you return from your trips, though. Collectable stubby holders or bottle openers, maybe bearing a photo, artwork or slogan from a place you just visited, can make your bar a cheerier place, and remind you of the good times every time you break open a cold one!
Sentimental collectables will never be passé. Because they’ll always occupy that special place in your heart that’s reserved for all things personal. So go ahead and collect these lovely little souvenirs from every place that you visit, and keep your travel memories fresh forever!