25 DIY Travel Projects to Make for Your Next Trip

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    DIY Travel Projects

    Travel allows us to see and experience places foreign to us, giving us new insights and enhanced cultural awareness. Wanderlust is a widespread epidemic.

    Whether you’re jet-setting, hitting the road, or anything in between, planning for the trials and tribulations of travel is crucial for an easygoing experience.

    Are you headed on a trip soon? Here are some uber useful DIYs to set you off on the right foot.

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    Soothing Lavender Lotion

    Dehydration is a major side effect of travel, especially in airplanes. Lotion makes battling dry skin an easy win, and this DIY version has the added relaxation benefits and soothing scent of lavender.

    DIY Whipped Lavender Lotion from Abra’s Kitchen

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    DIY Waterproof Camera Float

    You can eliminate the risk of a lost waterproof camera with an easy-to-make camera float made from a few simple supplies. You can cut the foam pool noodle down smaller for a more compact version.

    Waterproof Camera Float from Instructables

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    Floating Key Chain

    Losing keys on a getaway is a quick way to ruin your trip. A big keychain will help you keep track of them. Plus, this DIY keychain floats for easy recovery in aquatic accidents.

    Wine Cork Keychain from Handimania

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    Personalized Passport Cover

    Passports are a must for international travel. They can often be difficult to find when rummaging through your pack in the customs line, but this handy leather cover will make it easy to spot. Use leather punches to personalize it with your favorite travel quote.

    DIY Embossed Leather Passport Cover from Hungry Heart

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    Homemade Aloe Vera Gel

    Do you tan, burn, or a combination of both? If sunburn is an issue, aloe vera is a must-have. It’s soothing feel and medicinal properties make it the perfect remedy for a suntan gone wrong.

    Soothing Sunburn Cure from Gardenista

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    DIY Sleep Mask

    With this DIY, you’ll never have to fret about jet lag again. Keep sunlight out and sweet dreams in with this easy sewing project.

    Tired Mama Sleep Mask from Wine and Glue

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    Trendy Sunglasses Case

    Sunglasses can easily get scratched or broken in a crowded beach bag. Your favorite pair deserves protection and this tutorial is here to help.

    Trendy DIY Sunglasses Case from DIY Candy

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    Travel Journal

    Keep track of all the little details of your journey with a travel journal. You can read them later to reminisce on a trip well spent. Pick out a fun notebook and use these ideas to fill it with memories.

    Ideas for Your Travel Journal from A Pair and a Spare DIY

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    DIY Neck Pillow

    Long flights, train rides, and road trips are not your body’s friend. They often lead to an unwelcome amount of aches and pains. Consider taking a travel pillow for neck support on your next adventure. Instead of shelling out dough for one at the airport, try this DIY one ahead of time.

    Buckwheat Travel Pillow from Sew DIY

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    Sunscreen Lip Balm

    SPF is imperative to healthy skin and should be a staple in everyone’s skincare routine. Travel often means long days outdoors, making SPF even more important. And yes, your lips can burn just like your skin. They need SPF care, too!

    Natural Healing Lip Balm With SPF from Sunkissed Kate

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    Labeled Laundry Bag

    If you’ve ever lived out of a suitcase, you know how quickly your clothes become disarrayed. This DIY laundry bag will help you on a mission to organize.

    DIY Travel Laundry Bag from Revamperate

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    Travel First Aid Kit

    Anything can happen on a trip, including accidents. This handy kit fits easily in your travel bag and will arm you with the tools you need to face mishaps.

    Creating a Travel First Aid Kit from Life of Libby

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    Lettered Water Bottle

    Hydration, hydration, hydration–we can’t say it enough. Drinking water is important in daily life, and crucial during travel. Trips typically involve lots of walking and time outdoors, two activities your body needs water for. These cute hand-lettered bottles will make hydration on-the-go a breeze.

    (Almost) Hand Lettered Swell Water Bottles from The Sweeter Side of Mommyhood

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    Reusable Snack Pouch

    Keeping snacks handy will save you money, time, and frustration–trust us. Sew these beauties and fill them with your favorite munchies to get you through the day.

    Fruit Snack Pouches from A Kailo Chic Life

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    Compact Toiletry Kit

    This space-saving DIY will up your packing game. No more loose toiletries in your bag!

    DIY Washcloth Travel Kit from Tip Hero

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    Bow Scrunchie

    Traveling can be harsh on your hair. You won’t have to waste any of your precious time fixing it up after you make this bow scrunchie.

    Make Your Own Scrunchies from Hey Wanderer

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    DIY Cord Organizer

    Organization is a travel lifesaver. Instead of rummaging through your bag to find the specific cord or device you need, make this stylish leather cord wallet to keep things in the right place.

    DIY Travel Cord Organizer from Mr. Kate

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    Comfy Camera Strap

    Pics or it didn’t happen. But seriously, an exciting trip is nothing without proper documentation. What better way to photograph your adventure comfortably (and fashionably) than with this DIY scarf camera strap?

    Scarf Camera Strap Tutorial from Paper Thoughts

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    Travel Watercolor Palette

    The therapeutic nature of painting is almost necessary on painstakingly long trips. If you have an old altoid tin, you can make this watercolor kit and practice art anywhere.

    DIY Altoids Watercolor Travel Palette from Nerelle

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    Kids' Busy Board

    Kids and travel don’t always mix well. These “busy board” ideas are sure to keep little ones occupied for hours.

    DIY Travel Busy Board for Kids from Mommy Testers

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    DIY Blanket Scarf

    We love a multi-tasking item for travel. They save valuable luggage space and function just how you need it. This scarf can be used for warmth on chilly flights, worn as a fashion-forward accessory, and even a used as a picnic blanket.

    DIY Flannel Blanket Scarf from Homedit

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    Travel Wallet

    Traveling light makes trips so much easier. The concept applies to everything, even your wallet. You don’t need to buy a new slim travel wallet, you can customize your own for a few bucks with this tutorial!

    Two Dollar Travel Wallet from Instructables

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    Washi Tape Luggage Handle Wraps

    Identifying your luggage as it rolls by on the baggage claim carousel just got a whole lot easier. Use your favorite colorful washi tape to personalize your suitcase handles and easily spot your bag.

    DIY Luggage Handle Wraps from Blitsy

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    Travel Tissue Holder

    Experiencing new places often comes with extra allergies, or (knock on wood) a cold. Come prepared with a handmade tissue holder.

    Rick Rack Travel Tissue Holder from The Cottage Mama

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    Stylish Bookmark

    Travel is practically synonymous with reading. It’s the perfect relaxing activity on beach bum days or long plane rides. Make this fun tassel bookmark to keep your spot!


    DIY Chunky Tassel Bookmarks from Homeyohmy