Bookedy books. I left my library card with Paul so he could pick up any holds that came in while I was gone.
I made myself a travel journal for my Europe trip. I bought a pack of blank journals so the girls would be able to make one, too, for our Michigan trip.
I made an expanding pocket for the back of mine, since I like to keep receipts and ticket stubs and maps and such.
The "expanding" bit was nice. I think a flat pocket would have been harder to get things in and out of.
I added a stripe of wide washi tape to the spine. I wanted maps or passport stamps, but the stamp collection print was the closest thing I found that I liked.
I used Crikey to make a suitcase and "Europe 2022" stickers. Pretty happy with how it turned out. It was nice to record random little bits about the trip. I used a travel journal on my 2015 and 2016 China trips (the advocacy trips), and it makes a fun keepsake to look back and remember the things that fade over time.
Hannah reading Life Skills 101, a book we got to review on Library Thing.
Since I was traveling alone, I decided I'd pack as light as possible. One carry on suitcase and a backpack. (Although I packed a second, smaller backpack to use "out & about" on excursions and such.) I knew I'd have to do laundry mid trip, but it was worth it to have a manageable amount of luggage in transit.
Jack is working at a sign company, and once he got his first paycheck, needed to buy a couple things. We went to Target, and he experienced the adult sensation of, "Why is everything so expensive?" when he decided he wanted a fan for his room.