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.
Bellroy Slim Notebook Cover
This super slim notebook cover by Bellroy is packed with features that make it one of the best out there. It’s made from premium veg tanned leather that’s thin yet durable. The Bellroy Notebook Cover stays shut thanks to a magnetic closure system. Inside there’s a debossed area for a pen to clip into the spine, as well as room for a few credit or business cards.
One Star Leather Simple Notebook Cover
One Star Leather Goods makes some of the best quality leather good available today. Each piece is hand-sewn in their LA-based workshop. This simple notebook cover is available in a wide range of premium leathers. There’s a pocket on either side of the cover, allowing you to carry some cash or cards, or even two 3.5x5.5” notebooks if you want.
This Is Ground Medium Notebook Cover
This Is Ground’s notebook cover carries more than just a notebook. Inside the premium soft leather case is room for your phone, cards, cash, and of course a pocket notebook. If you’ve been looking to consolidate your carry, then this makes a great option. The case is also ideal for in-bag organization, keeping all your essentials grouped together and easily accessible.
Recycled Firefighter "Fire Hose Inspector" Cover
Recycled Firefighter makes some of the toughest gear out there, and their notebook cover is no exception. Crafted from decommissioned fire hoses and edged with military-grade nylon webbing is their "Fire Hose Inspector" cover. The cover stays shut with an elastic band, which is easily opened when it’s time to jot down notes. The front of the cover has a leather sleeve that will hold on to a pocket pen, keeping all of your writing essentials in the same place.
Nock Co. Hightower Nylon Notebook Cover
Leather notebook covers aren’t for everyone, and that’s totally understandable. Each case by Nock Co. is made in the USA from durable 1000D nylon with DWR water-resistant coating. And if you've got a rotation of pens you like to use, Nock Co.’s Hightower notebook cover sleeve fits three of your favorite pens alongside your favorite pocket notebook.
Craft and Lore “Northwestward” Notebook Cover
The Northwestward notebook cover is a saddle-stitched notebook cover, completely made by hand in the USA. In addition to space for a standard 3.5 x 5.5” pocket notebook, there’s two card slots and room for a pocket pen. The Northwestward folds shut and stays closed thanks to two heavy-duty snaps. If you’re hard on your gear, this option provides plenty of protection. It includes one of their custom printed notebooks with every order.
How do you carry your pocket notebook? Let us know what your favorite cover is in the comments below!