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It may sound archaic—we’re well aware that computers are a thing—but everyone should have a good notebook (plus pens and pencils to write with) on hand. They’re eminently portable and pose no danger of lost work when WiFi connections are on the fritz. Plus, there are few things more satisfying than scribbling down your thoughts by hand. They’re not all stuck in the stone age, either—some notebooks, like the Rocketbook, will let you upload your scribbles to Google Drive, so you’ll have them saved both in person and in the cloud. Others, like Smythson’s, are simply beautifully made and make journaling and brainstorming a real pleasure—if you’ve got the right pen or pencil on hand to pair with it, that is. Here, 11 of our favorite notebooks and writing utensils that elevate the experience of writing—and quite possibly the words you put on the page.