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Creating Your Own Travel Keepsake Box for Kids

Travel Keepsake Box 1-min

If you’re anything like me, you probably keep more than just the digital photos to remember all those trips by. Don’t tell me: all those ticket stubs, postcards and maps you’ve collected from your trips are stuffed away in a box or drawer somewhere, am I right?

Well, it’s time to put them to good use (and about time you get your desk organized, too!) by creating travel keepsake boxes for your kids. 

Step 1: Get a box and decorate!

Travel Keepsake Box 4-min

I’m not gonna lie; I didn’t have anything to do with creating this box. We were blessed to receive this suitcase-shaped box ready-made already. It was part of the media event invite that I got from Looping (the stroller brand we use and love!)

If you have a cute box like this, by all means, use that! But if not, you can easily make your own suitcase shaped box! Here’s a quick step-by-step:

  1. Purchase a brow craft box from the bookstore
  2. Glue brown strips of art paper for the luggage straps on the face of the box
  3. Print travel-themed stickers (just Google free travel/luggage sticker printables!)
  4. Snazz it up with other accessories like washi tapes, ribbons, pictures or wooden letters, like what we did!
  5. Feeling extra-crafty? Buy locks and straps as handles from hardware or thrift shops and attach them to the box.

Looping provided us with travel-themed stickers for the box. Then, we also included the Disney Explorer’s Lodge stickers that Luke got from our last trip (spot his “Pride Rock” and “Paradise Falls” stickers!) We plan to put stickers from different destinations he will be visiting in the future too!

Final touches were made by putting his name using wooden letters from his toys (haha!)

Step 2: Decide what to include in the box:

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I started going minimalist and #KonMari-ing our house this year so I’m not here to tell you to stuff all your mementos in this box. Especially if you’re frequent travelers, you would most likely accumulate a ton of travel memorabilia over the years. It’s therefore important to keep only small (preferably flat) keepsakes inside the box to keep it from filling up too fast.

As Marie Kondo would say, only things that #SparkJoy!

Some ideas of things you can put inside:

  • Boarding passes and tickets (like this from when we got upgraded!)
  • Hotel key cards, coasters, a sheet from the notepad (ask them to doodle on it!)
  • Theme park wrist bands, maps, stickers, character autographs
  • Polaroid prints, photobooth snaps or just print your favorite photo
  • Pins and patches (National Parks in the US have great ones!)
  • Foreign coins or small bills
  • Postcards: Write a short anecdote at the back, like a memory from that day. Don’t forget to write the date!

More tips on creating your own keepsake box:

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Pick a box that’s spacious enough to hold items that are irregularly shaped. Here are other tips:

  • Resist the urge to stuff everything inside: Like I said, I’m all for keeping the house clutter-free so I really don’t advocate keeping every single travel memorabilia. Instead, choose only special mementos. It also makes the box more special if you put only the best of the best inside.
  • Store the box in a cool, dry place: Chances are, most of the tickets are printed on thermal paper which fade over time. Lengthen the life of those special tickets by storing your box in a cool dry place.
  • Keep kids in mind: What are the things they found amusing during the trip? What did they enjoy the most? Try your best to put those memories in the box. No need to put the tickets from that museum where they just slept their way through.

Any additional tips and suggestions? Would love to hear if you’ve also done the same project and what you’ve included in your own box!

RELATED POST: Make your own travel photobook!

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45 Comments

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    January 23, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    This is such a cute idea!!

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 24, 2018 at 11:22 am

      Thanks Jennifer, you can do this for your trips!

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    Shireen L. Platt
    January 24, 2018 at 2:29 am

    This is such a great idea! Everything is digital there days so what a refreshing thing to do for the little one.

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 24, 2018 at 11:22 am

      Yes I agree! I have a lot of digital photos but nothing compares to actual things you can hold… :)

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    Stacey Simón
    January 24, 2018 at 2:30 am

    This is such a cute and great idea! I think every parent should do this actually since if my mom would have kept one for me growing up I would have been so grateful to be able to look back on it as I got older.

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 24, 2018 at 11:23 am

      Hi Stacey, yes, my mom kept some of those travel memorabilla and placed them on my albums and I treasure those so much!

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    districtofchic
    January 24, 2018 at 4:15 am

    What a cute idea! I should do this for my son!

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 24, 2018 at 11:23 am

      You should! I’m sure it will be fun for the both of you!

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    Yasmin
    January 24, 2018 at 6:19 am

    OMG this is so fun and adorable. I love going back and looking at old photos and documents. He’ll really value this as he gets older. It totally scratches my scrapbooking itch.

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 24, 2018 at 11:23 am

      Heehee, go and make scrapbooks again! 😉 Yes I really hope he will appreciate this when he’s older!

  • Reply
    Cris
    January 24, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Love the idea. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 24, 2018 at 11:52 am

      Thanks Cris! You can do this for you as well, for when you travel!

  • Reply
    Mai
    January 24, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Oooh do share your konmari-ing experience, i’m trying to do it now haha

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 24, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      Yes I really should! I’m just not doing it all at once like I should so there are so many pending stuff all around the house. But I will definitely share!!

  • Reply
    Yuliya
    January 24, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Oh wow this is so cute! I need to create one of these for my nephew

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 24, 2018 at 11:30 pm

      Hi Yuliya, yes you should I’m sure he would love that!

  • Reply
    Adelina
    January 25, 2018 at 1:25 am

    Great post, darling!

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 25, 2018 at 9:39 am

      Thanks Adelina!

  • Reply
    Naya
    January 25, 2018 at 1:42 am

    Loving the idea, you’re so creative Sheena! I need to make one of these too xx

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 25, 2018 at 9:39 am

      Thanks Naya! I’m sure your box will be really nice!

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    Chynna
    January 25, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    This is such a cute idea! I have a scrapbook and a huge corkboard where I put my mementoes, but I’m loving this.

    (oh oh, we have the same name except I spell it weird XD)

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      February 7, 2018 at 10:15 pm

      Hi Chynna!! I would love to see your corkboard!!

  • Reply
    Andrea
    January 26, 2018 at 3:03 am

    What a great idea!! I’m one of those people who have everything in a drawer!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 26, 2018 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks Andrea, yes!

  • Reply
    Katherine
    January 26, 2018 at 9:54 am

    This is so cute! You’re so right about resisting the urge to put everything inside haha I would be so tempted to.

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 26, 2018 at 8:40 pm

      Haha. Relate!

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    Sophie Atieno
    January 27, 2018 at 1:19 am

    This is nice and pretty. I should try it out.Creative.

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 27, 2018 at 4:46 pm

      Thanks Sophie! Excited for you to try it!

  • Reply
    Cindy Elena
    January 27, 2018 at 3:18 am

    This is such a cute idea! Definitely need this for my nephews.

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 27, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      Hi Cindy, would love to see what you come up with!

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    Lyndi
    January 27, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Oh my goodness, this is such a cute idea! I want to do this for myself :)
    I always come home with so many pieces of paper and treasures from travelling. This is so clever.

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 27, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      Hi Lyndi, oh yes you should definitely do it for yourself too!! <3

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    Susie @ Mile High Dreamers
    January 28, 2018 at 6:18 am

    This is such a great idea and I’d honestly love to make one for ourselves. My mom used to scrapbook when I was growing up and I STILL love to look through all the pictures and memories. In a world of digital media, it’s so important to still have these memories you can actually hold!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 28, 2018 at 5:20 pm

      Aww yes, I know right? There’s nothing like the actual things and I understand that it’s so tempting to just keep everything in digital form but having something to hold is always nice! :)

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    Kim
    January 28, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Omg that little suitcase box is adorable! I love all the stickers too!

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 28, 2018 at 5:05 pm

      Hehe thanks Kim! Yeah the stickers are cute aren’t they?

  • Reply
    Nancy
    January 28, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    I am IN LOVE with this idea of making a travel keepsake box for kids! Glad you found a cute box to store all of the physical memories for Luke! Part of me wants to make one for myself now XD. But definitely will keep this in mind for kids in the future!

    I totally agree with all of your tips! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I know one thing’s for sure, if something doesn’t have a date/location, I would probably have a sticker label on the back.

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 28, 2018 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks Nancy! You should make one for yourself too actually!! <3 The sticker label idea is such a good idea!!

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    Eena
    January 29, 2018 at 11:46 am

    This is so cute, Ate Sheena! Happy birthday again to Luke :) I hope he had a wonderful third birthday with lots of love, balloons and sweets! I love seeing your IG stories – they always make my day ♥

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 29, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      Awww thanks Eena! No need to call me Ate! Hahaha! <3

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    sonia // daring coco
    January 29, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    This is such a cool idea. My friend is wanting to take her son for his first trip overseas, this would be perfect for them!

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 29, 2018 at 5:07 pm

      Yay I hope they have fun and collect wonderful memories!

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    Quinn
    January 29, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    This is absolutely adorable! In fact, I might want to do this for my husband 😉 He loves to keep track of our travels and appreciates some craftiness. You’re such a talented mama!

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 29, 2018 at 9:54 pm

      You should! I’m thinking of doing one for me too haha!

  • Reply
    Linda
    January 30, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Great idea! Lovely blog!

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