Unless you’re filling up a notebook in a few days, chances are that it won’t survive long in your pocket alongside other gear. The best way to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth out of each notebook is by pairing it up with a cover. At the expense of some portability, journal covers add durability and even additional storage to your favorite notebook. For example, some covers have room for a pen, a few cards and cash, and other EDC gear. Our readers requested a roundup of our favorite pocket notebook covers, so we happily obliged. Once you’ve figured out which 3.5x5.5” pocket notebook is right for you, pick up one of these covers to keep it protected.
If you’re already carrying a good EDC pen, a pocket notebook is the next logical step. Often, it’s harder to find something to write on than it is to find something to write with. While browsing the site, you may have noticed more and more pocket notebooks showing up in EDCs. While it might seem like a trend, the truth is, lots of us rely on these little notebooks to write down critical information, notes, lists, and more. We’ve already outlined why you should carry a pocket notebook in general, but today we're highlighting the 10 best notebooks worth carrying.
Ever find that your pocket notebook gets torn to shreds before you can even fill it up? It happens more than it should, but the solution is pretty simple. Consider slipping your notebook into a leather cover, like this one from Bellroy. In addition to protecting a passport or pocket notebook, the cover also features card slots to replace your wallet for an even slimmer pocket carry.
The Notebook Cover is as slim as they come, yet full of thoughtful storage slots. In addition to your preferred 3.5” x 5.5” notebook, the Bellroy Notebook Cover has room for your daily essentials. Two card slots can hold 4-6 of your most-used cards or some folded up cash, allowing you to leave your wallet at home. There's even a place for a pocket pen to clip into the spine where the cover naturally folds. It's actually really easy to open and close, thanks to hidden magnets that snap the cover in place. The magnetic closure system won't wear out over time either, unlike snaps and elastic bands you'd find on other covers.
Instead of a standalone notebook cover, consider this all-in-one replacement from Bellroy. Your pockets will thank you. Grab one on Amazon at the link below, or check it out in five color options of top-grain leather at Bellroy's site.
"No need to ever tear pages out or archive your Pacific & West Refillable Notebooks once they’re full. Instead, add or remove pages freely thanks to their modular discbound system that holds paper in place using metal rings. Available in three sizes, the notebooks also feature handsome two ply walnut covers made of real wood and..." (via GearHungry)
If you’re like us, finding the right gear to EDC for ourselves is hard enough. Trying to find a gift for another like-minded EDCer can be daunting, if not utterly exhausting. How do you pick something they’ll appreciate, actually use, and be proud to carry? Our Everyday Carry gift guide should help.
So you want to get organized… You might think, “Just carry a pocket notebook and take detailed notes!” Sounds easy, right?
But if you've given it your best shot and page after page looks like a scribbly, doodly, indecipherable mess, maybe you need something more than a blank sheet. Leave those to the imaginative types, and try a notebook with structure to guide your thoughts.
We've rounded up 7 EDC-friendly pocket notebooks with useful layouts and clear ruling to help you get your notes in order.
Whether you're going to the coffee shop or you're out in the field, you can keep your essentials close at hand with a case from Galen Leather. They're a two-person team based in Istanbul, Turkey, handcrafting beautiful leather cases designed to keep your notebook and the rest of your EDC organized.
Their iPad Mini/A4 Notebook case has enough room to comfortably fit and protect everything you need for a minimal mobile office setup that's easy to grab and go. You can load it up with your phone, credit cards, and your favorite pen on the left side. Opposite, there's a sleeve for an A4 notebook and an iPad mini underneath. Everything inside secures in place thanks to the thick elastic band that holds the case shut.
Each case is constructed from high quality leather with hand-stitching and burnished edges for a premium look. They're available in nearly a dozen different colors and several different layouts, with a combo sure to suit your EDC.
Carrying a small notebook is something that many EDCers swear by. Whether you're jotting down notes or making a grocery list, a quality notebook is a solid investment. The Travel Stash by Bull & Stash checks off many of the boxes for what makes a good pocket notebook: it's durable, refillable, and beautifully designed.
It's wrapped in handcrafted, quality leather that's made of free-range cowhide sourced from the Pacific Northwest and hand-finished in Italy. This tough outer cover protects your notes and sketches from damage and ages gracefully with the rest of your EDC. The Travel Stash has 30 pages of refillable paper—enough for your ideas without being overly thick. Once you finally do fill it up, you can easily swap in new pages and reuse the same notebook cover.
Bull & Stash has also teamed up with the Central Asia Institute (CAI) to help further education in Asia this month. For every notebook sold, Bull & Stash will donate a notebook to a student through the CAI until June 1st. They have limited edition versions of the Stash notebooks in a pink leather cover, just in time for Mother's Day, too. Check them out at the link below.
Many people carry Field Notes or similar pocket notebooks, but they’re usually not too durable. Anyone who has ever EDC’d a notebook knows that sometimes pages get torn out and covers get worn. It happens. Putting your notebook in a leather book cover like the Field Notes Wallet can protect it from everyday wear and tear. Not only does it keep your valuable notes safe, but its extra features let it double as a wallet too.
As its name implies, the Field Notes Wallet keeps your notebook in tip-top shape and stores your cards with three dedicated slots. Under the card slots is a single large pocket where you can stash cash and other small items. Each wallet is handmade from genuine leather, and the craftsmanship is reflected in the stitching and overall fit and finish.
You can ditch your bulky wallet, keep your notes intact, and add a classic-looking leather item that ages well with your carry. It’s a win-win-win. If you’re looking for a more practical way to carry your pocket notebooks, hit the link below and check out the Field Notes Wallet.
Creativity is fuelled by surrounding inspiration. And if you’re looking for a handsome notebook to write in it’s hard to beat Pacific & West Walnut & Brass Notebooks. Each boasts two 0.08-inch thin five ply genuine walnut covers — both on the front and back — that are bound together using a brass double coil and sandwiched over 100% post consumer recycled paper that comes in plain, ruled, or dot grid… (via GearHungry)
White boards are great for working out an idea, showing it off to others, and most importantly - they're easy to clean up. The one tiny problem with trying to EDC one is that most of the time, they’re gigantic… and bolted to the wall. The Wipebook Pro lets you bring a whiteboard with you, along with all the perks of its wall-mounted counterpart. Each book contains 20 pages of whiteboard paper that's excellent for on-the-go use. You can write on the pages with dry erase markers, but don't worry about smudging and accidental erasing. The new Wipebook Pro contains pages coated with a proprietary hypergloss film that ensures each page is clean and marker free, but only when you want it to be. The brass wire binding complements the faux leather cover while letting you lay the book flat for easy digitization. If you want digital backups of your written ideas, you can easily snap a shot of your notes thanks to the Wipebook Pro’s bright, clear pages. The covers even include an integrated pen holder so you're always ready to write. The Wipebook Pro comes in several different sizes, with or without ruling. Head over to the Kickstarter via the button below to learn more.
Great ideas, no matter how big or small, have to start somewhere. If pen and paper are your preferred workflow tools, then it’s only fitting to jot down the beginnings of your next big idea in a First Draft Co. notebook. It’s designed to capture and protect your thoughts with the freedom of large, high-quality, blank sheets. Each page conveniently lays flat, giving you a full edge-to-edge landscape to work with so you can make every page count. Wrap it up in a durable woven fabric hard cover for durability, and use its included elastic band to keep the book shut and your pen or pencil of choice at the ready. For easier access to your notes, you can remove the band altogether, and jump back into place with an integrated anti-fray ribbon bookmark. At 5.5 by 8.25 inches with a massive 224 page count, the notebook is on the larger side to last through your first draft and many more to follow. With a strong feature set and made in the USA quality like this, the First Draft Co. notebook needs little revision. They’re available in navy, brick red, and sand beige to check out over at First Draft Co.’s website.
Despite how useful they can be, handkerchiefs seem to be overlooked and under carried. These technical fabric pocket squares from Declan just might be able to change that. They’re made from Delcan M120, a specially engineered microfiber twill textile that looks and feels like a traditional handkerchief, but offers the smudge-fighting performance of cleaning cloths to keep your eyewear, camera lenses, and screens looking pristine. Declan's latest release comes as a collab with Word., known for their pocket-friendly notebooks, hip designs, and unique page layouts. Declan and Word. actually swapped and customized patterns from each other for the collab set. The Declan Major comes in a vibrant variation of Word.'s popular Indigo covers, while the notebooks rock an updated colorway of the Declan “Lang” floral print. If you’re still buffing out smudges from your glasses or phone with your shirt, these aesthetic and functional essentials should come in handy. Grab ‘em as a bundle (it’ll save you a few bucks) at the link below to keep your notes and your lenses clear.
The new year is right around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to set new goals for yourself. Making resolutions is easy, but sticking to them is the hard part. One way to get closer to achieving your goals is to be organized, and a planner or EDC notebook can make all the difference. To help you stay on top of things, we’ve put together six of the best planners you can carry everyday.
If you’ve ever been laying prone, kestrel meter at hand staring down a scope at a target over half a mile away you know how important details are. Recording and knowing the variables of each shot from density altitude to wind speed can mean inches. Add rain to the mix and your standard logs become useless, waterlogged, ink stained pulp. Whether it’s that or recording in nature regardless of the weather conditions, Rite in the Rain’s books are the answer… (via GearHungry)
Word. Notebooks’s signature bullet-point page layout is great for staying productive and organized, but not so much for drawing and sketching. Their latest release, the Dot Grid, features a new page layout with a matrix of dots, each 5x5mm apart. This combines the freedom of a blank page, the ease of writing on a line, and the precision of standard graph paper. Geared towards artists and designers, the Dot Grid lets your sketches and mockups do the talking, without traditional printed ruling getting in the way. The covers of these books also feature a dot grid on a white background, making it easy to add a title, sketch a drawing, or further personalize your book. If lined notebooks aren’t your thing, and you find graph paper is too cluttered, definitely consider the Word. Dot Grid books.