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5 Alternative Pocket Notebooks to EDC

Keeping track of all your big projects, to-do's, and random bits of important information throughout the day is hard enough. Trying to do it all in your head? Forget it. A pocket notebook can be both your simplest and strongest ally in staying organized on the go. But here's the thing: your plans and ideas can differ drastically, while most notebooks out there are more or less the same. You know the type: 3.5x5”, 48 pages, staple bound, with a nifty cover design or page ruling as the only variables. If you need something more specialized than these one-size-fits-all notebooks, this guide's got you covered. These 5 pocket notebooks stray from the standard formula in terms of their size, pages, and features to fit right at home in your EDC.

Best Pocket Notebook Alternatives to Field Notes

Corso Mindful Notebook

How many times have you picked up your phone, just to forget what you were going to do with it? You end up browsing social media, checking an email, and often get distracted before you accomplish what you set out to do. When the world is full of digital distractions, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of even the most basic of to-do lists. The creators behind the Corso Mindful Notebook set out to make a notebook that motivates you and keeps you focused on the tasks at hand. With a the addition of a few simple features, Corso has transformed a basic notebook into a powerful tool to help you get motivated, achieve your goals, and reflect on your day.

At the top of each page in the notebook is an inspirational quote. These short quotes are great for getting your creative juices flowing. It’s also less daunting than a completely blank page. Below, there are plenty of lines to write out a journal entry, sketch an idea, or write out your to-do list. At the bottom of each page is a grey box for what they call “Daily Gratitude Practice”. By writing down what you’re grateful for each day, you can remind yourself of everything in your life that makes you happy and keeps you going. Corso also paired up with mindful.org to give back. A portion of each sale will go to the Foundation for a Mindful Society — a non-profit dedicated to bringing mindfulness into the daily lives of people all over the world.

The Corso Mindful Notebook is available on Kickstarter now. They’ve already surpassed their funding goal by several thousand dollars at the time of publishing. Add-on pledges include a sustainably-sourced ostrich leather cover, as well as additional notebooks. A $28 pledge secures you a book with a delivery before the 2017 holidays.

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Dango P01 Pioneer Bifold Wallet and Pen

Even with the latest and greatest smartphones releasing year after year, so many EDCers still swear by good ol' fashioned pen and paper. They make an unbeatable duo when it comes to fleshing out ideas and keeping tabs on things without having to swipe through app menus and folders. But unlike a smartphone, they're not always the easiest thing to slip into your pockets day in and day out. The team at Dango Products have had success with taking something easy and essential to carry—your wallet—and redesigning it to help you carry more, smarter. Their latest project, the P01 Pioneer Wallet, consolidates your pen and paper in one place, but does it in a more compact wallet-sized form factor rather than your typically bulky journal cover design.

One big reason the P01 Pioneer is able to easily carry everything in such a compact footprint is because Dango designed every component from the ground up to fit together perfectly. They've taken one of the oldest tricks in the EDC playbook of slipping a pen into the spine of your wallet, then upped the execution. The pen was custom designed to slot into the spine of the P01 so it sits flush. To get that perfect fit, it's CNC machined in the USA out of a lightweight, anodized aluminum like you'd expect to see on quality flashlights and other EDC tools. It boasts write-anywhere performance thanks to a pressurized ballpoint ink refill, and it's compatible with the crowd favorite Fisher Space Pen refill as well. The business end of the pen narrows down to a minimalist grip system of 3 silicone o-rings while the back of the pen comes to a 4-way slotted tip for multiple attachment configurations. By now the P01 campaign hit its first stretch goal, so backing the project will get you a free paracord lanyard to easily retrieve the pen.

The other part of the equation is the notebook. It's not the largest notebook you can carry, but it might be one of the most convenient ones. At a modest 24 pages, it's a good balance between portability and thinness without needing replacements too often. Not to mention it's stitched and finished in the USA then protected from excess wear and tear in the P01 wallet itself.

Of course, the P01 is still an EDCer's wallet at its core. It has some of the best elements of all the different kinds of wallets you can carry in one. For starters, it's made in the USA from premium Italian veg-tan leather for that patina after break in and familiar feel in hand. But that's where the similarities with traditional leather wallets end. The leather comes laminated with an RFID-blocking material for your security and geometric patterning give a look and ergonomic feel that lean towards the future. The P01 uses a silicone strap for extra security and versatility like you'd find on more modern minimalist wallets. It's designed to accommodate up to 20 cards as well as Dango's wallet-sized multi-tool from their earlier line of wallets, the MT02. With options for a pen, notebook, multi-tool, and cards, it's got room for a big chunk of your daily kit.

There's just a month left to back the P01 on Kickstarter. It comes in two colorways — a natural tan with silver or a fully blacked out setup, now with a free paracord lanyard as part of the campaign's first unlocked stretch goal. Check it out in more detail at the link below.

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Karst Stone Paper Notebooks

"Karst Stone Paper makes notebooks without using wood pulp, water, bleach, or acid. Instead, they recycle stones from mining wastes to create paper that’s waterproof, tear-resistant and..." (via TheAwesomer)

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The Best EDC Notebook Covers

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.

The Best Pocket Notebooks for EDC

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.

Bellroy Notebook Cover

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.

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Pacific & West Refillable Notebooks

"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)

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Gifts For Men - Your Buying Guide to Everyday Carry

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.

The Most Useful Pocket Notebooks for EDC

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.

Galen Leather Notebook Covers

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.

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Travel Stash Leather Notebook by Bull & Stash

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.

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Field Notes Wallet

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.

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Pacific & West Walnut & Brass Notebooks

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)

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Wipebook Pro

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.

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First Draft Co. Notebook

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.

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