Choosing which notebooks to take away with you on holiday is almost as much fun as deciding on the destination. But all stationery addicts know how easy it is to get carried away. It’s the same as with shoes – you try to plan for all eventualities and end up needing to change roughly every hour in order to make use of them all.
Take my current trip to Gladstone’s Library for example where I managed to squeeze in nine notebooks altogether. And I was only away for three days! Inspired by the good folks at Nero’s Notes, this is the method behind the madness of how I chose which types of notebooks to take with me.
These are my go-to notebooks that I use everyday. Where I go, they go. This includes my bullet journal and usually my latest EDC.
As in shiny and new. I disappeared down the rabbit hole of notebook buying long ago so I always pick up something new before I go on hols – that’s partly why I think of it as a notebook holiday.
For this particular trip I bought the William Morris exercise book and the Rifle pocket notepad. I didn’t realise at the time but the Rifle contains tear out sheets, as well as an inside flap. If there’s any notes I need to keep I can save them there.
My choices were guided by my destination of course. Gladstone being a key statesmen of the Victorian period, I wanted something suitably nineteenth century. The exercise book, adapted from Morris’s Strawberry Thief furnishing fabric of 1883 ticked all the boxes. And I knew the Birch Floral notepad would fit in with the rural surroundings of Hawarden village where the library is based.
This being a study trip rather than out and out hollibobs the majority of the notebooks I took with me were of a more functional nature.
I used the Pukka Pad to make notes on academic essays, the A5 hardbacks from Foyles contain feedback on my work-in-progress, which I like to refer back to when editing. The Field Notes is where I keep notes related to my dissertation.
And yes, I also brought coloured cue cards!
In all honesty, nine notebooks, is probably far too many. But I did use them all whilst I was away. If you have a good system for choosing which notebooks to take on holidays with you, please share.