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Old 02-05-2016, 11:30 AM   #15
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We started making journals of our trips in 1981, when we were in a backpacking tent - pre laptop computers. We still use spiral notebooks - one per year - now 8 years into Airstreaming. We enjoy going back and reliving what we did way back when. Items in the journal - Daily notes include; wake-up time; where we stopped for lunch, fuel, etc.; roads taken and comments; miles driven; highlights (favorites for each person); "low lights"; interesting items; etc. In the back pages of the journal we keep costs divided into categories - fuel, campground costs, food, tolls, entertainment, misc. expenses. In future years you can go back and have a reference about things you want to repeat and those that were not so good. As for reservations and calendars, etc. we make hard copies and put them into a trip folder for that year. We have a file at home where all the yearly items are placed in order of year. We also file guide books, maps etc. arranged alpha. We do LOTS of hiking in the national parks, and their maps and guide books are indispensable. We are headed west yet again this summer (from VT) and I am studying the materials to find new trails to hike. I don't know if I would have put the journals on a computer if I were to start again. Just think about how computers have changed since our first 1981 trip that we took. What would have been lost as computer systems changed? Here we just go back and open a tangible journal. Just this past week we were laughing about the changes in our physical abilities. The past few times we were in the Grand Tetons we did our favorite day hike - a 13 miler with 3100 foot elevation gain. Yes we are still doing it, but with just our day packs on, and quite exhausted at the end of the day. We read the journal this week for 1986 and I was carrying our 35 pound kid in the kid pack. At the end of the day we were still all pumped to do evening events. Those memories are tough to beat. Best wishes for safe journeys and happiness as you start your new lifestyle.

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Old 02-05-2016, 12:02 PM   #16
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I use"Right It Down" by Journals Unlimited Inc. I think I got it on Amazon. It is the official camper journal. There are categories for about all entries you might need to enter. Helps me keep track of where I have been and what the park has to offer. Also a blank page in case you might want to keep a diary of your travels.

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Old 02-05-2016, 01:01 PM   #17
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Our process is similar to piggybank & a few others. I couple electronic with a three ring binder (with plastic sleeves) which hold the key paperwork like reservations, major route trip-tik, key sights/entertainment for a destination, vet/vaccine paperwork, etc., to cover computer retrieval outages when in route.

Once a trip is done I'm way too focused on the next adventure to re-live/review the past ones. So, horrors, I only try to keep those photos that are either memorable or 'best of the lot' and then delete almost all the remaining electronic stuff after the trip and ditch the binder contents. As a retiree, my brain only has room left for a few more memories and if I can't remember it... it was most likely not worth the space to begin with. I doubt anyone else has any detail interest of our sojourns.
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Old 02-05-2016, 01:01 PM   #18
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I always carry a 6"x8"" or so sized zippered planner...with the calendar part removed...for hard copies of Lily's shot records, emergency contact info, names/addresses/phone numbers, stamps, a few blank envelopes and notecards, etc., as well as printouts of any reservations I may have.

I also have a few of those colored, hole-punched, plastic sleeve things in there, that you can buy in office supply stores, for folded paper items like the shot records, my standing lab order, etc. Keeps things in place and easily accessible.

Kind of a small, portable, personal desk. Wouldn't be without it, nor rely solely on the electronics.

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Old 02-05-2016, 07:52 PM   #19
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Still use MS Outlook on my computer and have written a macro which creates a consistently formatted calendar entry from the reservation confirmation email. This is synced with my iPhone

We always walk the campground and classify each campsite on a simple pre-printed numbered (campsite numbers) form along with general information about the park itself for future visits. The form is digitized with a scanner at a local library along with a picture of the campground map, resulting in a separate pdf file for each campground.

Use Garmin Basecamp on my computer in conjunction with Garmin GPS so I can keep track of important locations (waypoints). This includes every campground as well as points of interest visited or suggested. Basecamp has a facility to add notes to a waypoint as well as link to the campground file noted in prior paragraph and link to key URLs associated to the waypoint. Also keep trip tracks (breadcrumbs) of the route whenever we move the trailer, so I can track mileage and make notes about the route taken for future planning.

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Old 02-06-2016, 05:03 PM   #20
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I keep an Excel spread sheet formatted landscape with column width set so a week just fits on a page with the header column repeated each week. Each column has rows for (1) Day of trip, (2) Date, (3) Day of week - how soon we forget! (4) Location at start of day, (5) Towing miles for day, (6) Total miles for day (7) Classification of drive - short, long, scenic, etc., (8) Tides - for birding, (9) AM Activity, (10) lunch, (11) PM Activity (12) Camp location for night. Lots of these are formulas from the previous column. Lots are left blank, we certainly don't fill all our time with pre-planned activities or know about lunches, but filling in these afterwards gives a record of the trip. I shade towing days one color since that's pretty much a full day's activity each time, campgrounds that I have reserved another color, dates with no camp location yet established another to remind me to finish the travel plan.
Some have said that they don't reserve - I can just say that there are plenty of public campgrounds at certain times of year that are full the day after reservations open for that period, which can be 6 months in advance. Also, if you have a trailer longer than 25 feet, there are many state and federal campgrounds that have a very limited number of spaces for longer vehicles, and you need to reserve a space long enough for your vehicle farther in advance.
I can print out the travel plan as a PDF to send to others electronically - very handy.

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