Vacation Travel Souvenirs: Patches, pins and National Park badges
Need a souvenir from your vacation that’s inexpensive, compact, and memorable? Try patches, pins and badges!
Most souvenirs end up discarded in a heap at the bottom of your closet or junk drawer. Here’s a cool, artistic way to capture your adventures without any hassle.
Patches – each one is a small work of art, offering different shapes, colors, and designs. You can iron or sew on patches to a baseball cap, t-shirt, vest, or blanket. I bought a long Isaac Mizrahi bed bolster at Target and attached my daughter’s collection to it. They also add a bold, colorful touch to scrapbooks and photo albums.
Pins – not every destination will offer a patch; pins are more readily available. Positive: they’re easy to rearrange and portable. Negative: they’re small and not as showy.
National Park Junior Ranger Badges
Badges – most National Parks offer Junior Ranger programs for kids under age 12 or 14. After completing a booklet and attending a ranger presentation or hike, kids are awarded their badge by a real park ranger.
Shaped like an actual ranger’s badge, etched with the locale’s name, it’s a bonus when the locale is reflected in the badge’s design. Like scout badges and team participation ribbons, these badges reflect the accomplishments achieved while vacationing.
National Park Junior Ranger Patches
Some National Parks offer Junior Ranger patches instead of the pins; many offer both. The Grand Canyon, for example, has booklets and patch designs based on the child’s age. Return when you’re older for a different award (Raven, Coyote, Scorpion, etc.)
Stash them in a tiny pouch or display them proudly and prominently - either way, badges, patches and pins take you on a journey all their own.