Travel Gear Review - Notebooks
I am addicted to notebooks and stationary - even when I travel!
I'm an old fashioned stationary girl at heart and I love to travel with a journal. While I'm not always great at doing daily entries, I love having it on hand for writing down random thoughts, contact information for new friends, directions, opening hours, prices, money spent, confirmation numbers, and more.
I travel with fine point marker-pens (such as LePen and Staedtler TriplusFineliner) and two notebooks. One is usually a small Moleskine notebook, thin and flexible, with a brightly colored cover. Usually already half full with random trip planning notes, it's small, light size makes it easy to tuck into any carry on bag.
I also travel with a personal journal and these are usually larger and chosen more for their looks or "feel". I've got a love affair with the Halifax, Nova Scotia based Re-Cover Journals, which recycles very old hardcover book covers and makes them into spiral bound journals. The old fashioned charm and delightful range of cover themes and titles makes it easy to find one that speaks to you - or in my case, I usually find several. Their vintage Nancy Drew covers are my absolute favourite!! While it's more expensive than just plain pens and drugstore notebooks, for me the extra expense is worth it (especially when I'm supporting a small business).
I love planning, writing, and daydreaming - my tools are just an extension of my trip. I hope you find ones you love and that inspire you!!
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I am totally with you on the journals! I carried crayons across the Camino so that I could doodle in colour as I sat under a tree, journalling my thoughts and memories! (Next time - I think I will bring coloured pencils - the crayons all broke in my pack! Still worth it!)
I'm 100% with you on spending more for stationary with the right 'feel'. I hunted around for a journal that I loved (and could easily write in) for a long time until I found one I liked (a large notebook in a long-gone style from Pierre Belvedere, in case you're curious).
10/4/2013 12:04:15 pm
I think art supplies and good stationary are always a good investment on a trip. I'm a horrible artist, but I always look back fondly on some simple sketches I drew in Africa - it seems to really help capture a mood.
I do the same! I don't go anywhere without a good journal, some coloured fine point markers (stabilo makes a great pack of mini pens) and a glue stick. I also try to print pictures as I go, so even on those days when I don't have time to write in my journal, there's a reminder of where I've been!
9/6/2013 03:19:16 am
The glue stick is key! Perfect for making on-the-go scrapbooks and keeping things together!
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