Smartphones have made so many things easier, including travel. We’ve already reviewed a lot of different family travel apps that are great to use. But, did you realize that you can use the camera on your phone to make family travel easier? Here are some suggestions of things to photograph on your family vacation to make things go smoother. Do you have anything to add?
- If you are parking your car at an airport or train station, take a picture of the sign at the parking area where you park your car. You’ll know exactly where your car is parked when you return. It’s so easy to forget where you’ve parked after a long vacation.
- Photograph your hotel room number when you arrive. That way, you won’t have to write it down, and won’t have to carry the number along with your key.
- Renting a car? Take a picture of the license plate so you’ll have it available when you fill out paperwork at hotel registration. The days of having to go back out to the parking lot to jot down the license plate number are over!
- If you have attraction tickets (such as tickets to Disneyland), take a photo of all tickets – if you lose them, it may be helpful to have those codes available. ( I may just know this from experience).
- Take a picture of IDs and insurance cards just in case you lose them. Having copies may make things easier.
- Photograph the contents of your wallet. If you lose your wallet, you’ll know what cards were in there. Also photograph the back, so that you have the phone number if you do need to contact the customer service number.
- If you park somewhere on an international trip, take a picture of the location of the parking garage, just in case you need to show a local for directions back. This is especially useful if you don’t have cell service internationally and can’t pull up a map through cellular data. I usually photograph the entrance of the parking garage, as well as the view of what is outside the garage.
- Before you leave on vacation, photograph your stove and anything else you worry about. That way, you know that you have turned off all of the burners, unplugged things, etc.
Readers have also suggested taking pictures of your kids each morning so you have a record of what they are wearing in case they go missing.
Any other suggestions?