DIY Travel Crafts: Before You Go

It’s time for another installment of DIY travel crafts! If you missed the first two, you can find them here and here. We’ve covered everything from collages to coin magnets to ticket-stub pillows. But now I think it’s time to switch things up a bit. Instead of focusing on awesome crafts to make from postcards and other souvenirs post-travel, I wanted to concentrate on crafty things you can do to get excited before your trip.

The first thing that came to mind when I was thinking about pre-travel crafts was a vision board. Now, I’m no expert on the theories behind positive visualization, but no matter what you think about their effectiveness, making vision boards can be fun. The boards can be as elaborate (or as simple) as you want. I’m partial to cutting up old magazines (it counts as recycling!) and using a combination of pictures and words on my boards to create the most complete vision possible. I can’t guarantee that you’ll be on a plane a week after you make your travel vision board, but it can’t hurt to try, right?

So now that you have pictures of palm trees or Parisian cafes or mountain meadows on your vision board, what’s next? Well, as awesome as your images are, they won’t pay for that plane ticket. And everyone knows it’s easier to save your money when you can use a cute piggy bank to stash your coins. Whether you use an old milk jug or a cute mason jar, you’d be surprised at how quickly those pennies can add up. So get out your glitter and scissors and bedazzle the heck out of whatever container you can get your hands on. Check out these ideas to make your own piggy bank.

While your pennies are piling up in your very own customized piggy bank, put your computer skills to good use and consider making a cute checklist template. If you’re like me, lists are a reassuring and necessary part of any type of planning. You can make a list of things to pack, contact info, even a list of souvenirs to bring back. Thanks to your lists, you’ll be uber prepared for every eventuality and you won’t forget your toothbrush. Yay for lists!

You’re almost there; you have your vision board sending your intentions out into the universe, your piggy bank is gobbling up your loose change and your lists are ready to keep you on track and help you get packed at a moment’s notice. But you’ve probably grown addicted to all this crafting, right? If you want to keep the momentum going while you’re traveling, consider making a special crafting suitcase. Whether you want to scrapbook as you go or just bring along something to knit on the plane, check out this super cute craft carryall. It might be just the ticket.

The best part about these crafts is the way they’ll get you excited about your adventure, whether the trip is a month or a year away.

What crafts get you excited about traveling?

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