Photo Scavenger Hunt Ideas For Your Next Family Vacation

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Letting your kids document your vacation through photo and video is one of the coolest travel parenting ideas I’ve seen floating around the internet lately. My five year old is taking after her mom’s interest in photography and can often be found “staging” dolls, food photo shoots and commanding the family dog to sit still while she snaps a photo with her iPad. I would love to see our family vacation from her eyes. Not only do kids offer a unique perspective given their shorter point of view, but I bet it would be interesting to see what things capture her attention as we go about our next family vacation. So I created a couple of photo scavenger hunts, one for our next camping trip and one that could apply to almost anywhere we go. Photo Scavenger Hunt 1
Photo Scavenger Hunt

You can easily create your own scavenger hunts like I did. A few tips for creating yours:

  • Consider coming up with the list together, it’s a great way to find out what they’re looking forward to seeing.
  • Leave a blank space for them to fill in if they see something particularly inspiring.
  • Try not to be too specific with the entire list, give them room to surprise you.
  • Make it unique to your destination. What do you know you might be seeing or doing?
  • Keep it short. 10-15 items is plenty to inspire the kids without making it seem like a chore.
  • Give bonus points for verified Bigfoot photos!


Arm them with their list and a handy point-and-shoot camera then turn them loose. When you get home it would be unique to create a scrapbook filled with the photos they marked off their scavenger list. 

You can find more awesome Family Travel Tips from Best Buy including ways to stay connected, challenge yourselves to a family 5K, ways to give your road trip a boost, middle of no where movies or movies on demand. 

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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16 thoughts on “Photo Scavenger Hunt Ideas For Your Next Family Vacation”

  1. We have never done a scavenger hunt before and I am really not sure why. It seems like a fun little competition. I would give out small prizes to everyone when they find everything on the list.


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