You know all that stuff you collect along the way on your trips? The stuff you want to take home so you have something to look at when you're reminiscing about your fun vacations, such as pretty seashells, cool rocks, neat-looking pinecones, etc.? If you’re a parent, you have undoubtedly looked at items your kids have picked up along the way and thought, What in the world are we going to do with these? You can't throw them away, because every piece holds a special meaning to your kids, but you can't really display everything either. We have the perfect solution! Why not make a family time capsule and fill it with vacation mementos? Your problem is solved--you don't have to throw anything away, and it's all stored out of sight, making clutter a non-issue. Let's look at how to create a family time capsule that you can enjoy years down the road!
Find a Location
The first thing you need to decide is if you’ll bury the time capsule or just stash it somewhere inside. Not every time capsule needs to be buried, especially if you’re a full-time RVer and don’t have your own land on which to bury it. If you dig a hole out at a random place, you run the risk of not being able to find it again later, or that someone else will stumble across it and ruin it. So if you’re going to bury it, make sure it’s somewhere safe and that you won’t forget where that safe place is. If you aren’t going to bury it, you just need to find a place such as in the back of the closet, shoved to the farthest reaches of the pass-thru storage in your RV, or some other place where it’s out of the way.
What To Put It In
What you will use to put your stuff in will depend on a few things. First of all, if you’re going to bury it, you need to make sure that the capsule will be able to withstand moisture and insects. If you run out and bury a shoebox, you’ll most likely find all your stuff ruined when you dig it up. If you’re storing it indoors, your options are much more flexible.
The second thing you need to think about when picking a container is the size of the things you plan to put in it. If all you have are small things, then something the size of a shoebox will work great. However if you plan to pack up larger souvenirs, then that size probably won’t cut it!
Finally, decide if you’re going to gather up your current items and lock them away, or if you’re going to want to add to it as you go. If you plan to seal it up and not open it again until it’s time to reminisce, then you can put it in something that seals permanently and has to be broken open when the time comes. If you want to be able to add to it, then you obviously want something you can open and close.
Differentiating Your Items
If you’ve picked up a lot of random stuff along the way that may not be easy to recognize years from now, there’s a fun way to mark them so that you're not scratching your head and asking yourself, Where is this from! All you have to do is have everyone on the trip pose in a location that's recognizable (such as in front of a national park sign) and take a picture. Print that photo and place it in a Ziploc bag along with the trinkets you’ve picked up! It works best if you either write the date on the bag or make sure the photo is time stamped. If you can’t find a place that will spark the memory of where you were, just write it on the bag or on the back of the photo.
When To Open It
When to open up your time capsule is completely up to you! If you’re keeping it for a young child, you can give it to him on his 18th or 21st birthday as a gift, or even as a wedding gift when he gets married. Other options are to pick a date, such as 20 years from the date you seal it up. If it’s one you want to add to often and look at over and over, you can get it out whenever you want. There will be something new each time you open it!
What will you put in your travel time capsule? Let us know in the comments below!