Get Organized #8: Vacation Paperwork

In December of 2008, we had a moment of insanity and decided to take the kids to Disneyland.  We took my parents along as reinforcements…it sill wasn’t pretty.

EIGHT people (4 of which were 8, 5, 2, and 8 months at the time) is practically a tour company!

How was I going to make sure I didn’t lose anything important (including all those “print this for your records” things you get when you book online)?


This one came from the dollar section at Target.

Here’s a look at the inside:


Each section had a task:

Airline reservation confirmations and boarding passes

Rental car confirmations (we had to rent 2!)

Hotel reservations

Ticket books (we bought the 3 days at Disney/Universal Studios/Sea World/San Diego Zoo things from Costco)

Birth certificates

It prevented stuff from getting misplaced or lost in the shuffle (the same cannot be said for BC’s laptop at the San Diego airport) and was not bulky to pack around.

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  1. Kristine Robinson says:

    I am a travel freak – as you know. I own one of those – I take it everywhere we go. It fits nicely in my husband's backpack, which also goes with us everywhere we go. Cool tip! I love all of your organization ideas.

  2. Heather at Happy Chippy Junk says:

    Super fab idea!!

  3. Heather at Happy Chippy Junk says:

    Super fab idea!!

  4. I love it. Now I just need to go on vacation. But next time I go, I will be so ready.

  5. I'm in charge of our Family Reunion every two years and I use this same technique to handle all of the details from reservation info to cabin or room assignments, and any financial receipts. It always helps so much! thanks for sharing

  6. I use the exact same thing (in different colors) for each cruise that we take. Then I have somewhere to keep the souvenirs after the cruise, photos until I scrapbook them, and other papers and what-not.

  7. Rosie and Derek says:

    I totally do this! I started when we first went on a cruise and ever since I've done it for every trip. It helps SO much to keep all that paperwork in a place where I can find it!

  8. La Tempête says:

    I always do this, except I use a display book. This also means if we return to the same place one day, I can pull out the book and be reminded of hotels or restaurants that would be good to revisit. Such a great concept.

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