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 their person. It’s an easy thing to throw in your bag and take with you on your commute or for longer-haul trips—no danger of losing wifi connections—and 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 beautifully made in pretty much every way, 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, elevating the experience of writing and quite possibly the words you put on the page. Here, 11 of our favorite notebooks and writing utensils for your kit.
By Helena Madden
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