Hi guys!! With summer well underway, I know many of you will have all sorts of fun tips and vacations coming up soon. I know I do! I have a few big vacations planned, so I knew I needed a way to keep everything organized and together while planning these trips. And being the planner addict that I am, I just could not resist the excuse to add one more planner to my system!
I already shared parts of this planner in a few posts over on the Studio L2E blog, but I thought I’d shared a full collective tour of this planner here for you guys. This planner was super fun to put together. I used my favorite planner stamps (all from Studio L2E) to DIY my own customized inserts, so my planner would hold exactly what I needed it to!
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I decided to repurpose the A5 binder that was previously my financial planner. While I loved my financial planner, it wasn’t getting as much use as I would have liked. I was basically only using the bill tracking inserts, so it was a seriously under-utilized planner. I’m hoping this binder will get more use as a travel planner.
(I’m also planning to downsize and move my financial planner into my A5 discbound planner, since that one is getting a little update too, so stay tuned for a tour of that in a couple weeks!)
When you open up my new travel planner, I’m using the same Martha Stewart Home Office dividers I use in pretty much all my planners. They are super high quality and durable, and I love the look of using clear label tape to label the tabs. Since they’re plastic, it’s also really easy to remove and replace the labels, as your needs for the planner change.
My travel planner currently has six sections. Those sections are schedule, general, reserves (reservations), finances, packing and memories. Not every section is fully set up, and I have a feeling this planner will be a constant work in progress, but I still wanted to give you a walk through of what I have in here so far.
The first section is schedules, and it holds exactly what you think it would. This is where I’ll store and plan my trips schedule and itineraries. I like that this is right at the front of my planner, so it will be super easy to refer to as I’m making plans or reservations for my trip.
The first page in this section is a basic overview of my trip’s schedule. (The inserts I’ll be showing you are filled out for a sample vacation, so you can get an ideas of what they look like in use.) I have a weekly overview at the top of this insert, and a monthly overview at the bottom. I used Studio L2E’s Brush Dates set to make the majority of this insert.
The week at a glance is where I can jot down important events, like travel days, dinner reservations, or planned activities. The monthly calendar lets me see the span of our vacation in reference to the month. Seeing when the trip occurs helps plan the periods before and after the vacation. And let’s be honest, I just really wanted to make a whole custom calendar using the Brush Dates numbers ;).
I’m also planning to include any daily itineraries I create. While I would love to be the kind of person that maps out every second of their vacation, let’s be honest, that’s just not going to happen. So I’m hoping to just get a basic outline of any days which happen to be on the busier side, that have lots of scheduled events. I’m also planning to include a basic list of any planned activities and when we have them scheduled in this section.
The next section I worked on was the reservations section (shortened to ‘reserves’ so it would fit on the label). This section only has one pre-made insert, which is an overview of all our reservations made for the trip. I pan to fill up the rest of this section with receipts, confirmation pages and maybe a folder for tickets.
This insert may be my favorite of the entire planner. I made it in an outline format, with sections for transportation, hotel and thoughts. The transportation section is split into airport and rental car. Each section (except for ‘thoughts’) is laid out to record all the various information I need to know about any reservation I make.
I used various box shaped stamps to create a sort of form that I could fill out as I got information, such as confirmation numbers, flight and check-in times, and even where I park my car at the airport! The bottom section is like a catch all for any extra notes I want to jot down relating to any of my reservations.
Next up is my packing section. This section is for, you guessed it, packing lists! I have always been a packing list type of girl, and have made one for pretty much every trip since I learned to write. So clearly, I needed a section to plan and record what I’m bringing on my trips.
While I thought about splitting up this packing list template into categories or sections, I ultimately decided against it. I never really categorize my packing lists when writing them, so it’s not really necessary for the way I plan. So I just made a gigantic checklist for this insert, with itty bitty adorable sun checkboxes!
The last completed section is my ‘memories’ divider. I always regret not recording more memories and experiences during my vacations. While I’m there, I am just positive that I will remember every detail, and think “how could I possibly forget this?” Well, I have a horrible memory, that’s how. So of course, I forget a lot of the special stories and details that make a trip memorable.
This section will hopefully help fix that problem, and gives me a place to record all those memories as they’re being made. Each day of my vacation will get one of these pages. On these inserts, I can record my thoughts, the weather, and even rate any activities, meals or experiences I had that day. And then, once the vacation is over, I can transfer these into another travel memories journal, so all my vacation memories can be kept together!
And that’s what I have so far in my travel planner! I am pretty excited with how it turned out, and can’t wait to use it to plan a real vacation! If you plan to make a travel planner like this one, and want to make your own DIY inserts using stamps like I did, I recommend photocopying the pages before you fill them out. That way, you don’t have to re-stamp a bajillion inserts every time you take a little trip!
What do you guys think of my travel planner so far? Do you think I’m missing or need to add anything? How do you organize your vacations? Leave me your favorite travel organization tip in the comments below!
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