One thing that I do now since going to Europe the last 2 years is to prepare my travel journal before I go. I keep tickets, train stubs, receipts and other ephemera as we travel and there is not time to make special pages to keep this loose stuff. So I put in pretty envelops in my journal at home. I also paint and add decorative paper to my journal pages as it is difficult to find the time and carry all the supplies to do that on the road. I make pages with fold outs to put secret or just private thoughts into. I also stamp and color pages like this. or this I take along a zip lock plastic bag with scissors, double sided tape, tape, color pencils ( water color ones), colored pens, a small spray bottle, glue sticks and a small stapler. Now I am ready to add papers and pages as I go along. Hope this helps you prepare for your next big trip or even a little one.