I’m just a few days away from boarding a plane to Germany. I’m super excited to return to the country that is my second home (I lived there for about 4 years) and so happy to escape work, the summer heat, and North Carolina humidity for a couple weeks!
I’ve been planning this trip for a while, so I’ve got all my clothes sorted, I’ve got extra batteries for my new mirrorless camera…and I’ve got my travel journal kit!
How to Create a Travel Journal Kit
I bring a “journaling kit” on each trip I take, so thought I’d share how I create one. It’s so easy to make one for yourself or others (what a lovely farewell gift for traveling friends). There are 4 things I always include in my travel journaling kit:
- A journal (duh)
- Beautiful pens that I enjoy writing with
- Fun embellishments
- A pencil case to carry everything in
Step #1: Choose the Best Travel Journal for Your Trip
First and foremost, you need a travel journal!
Some things to consider when choosing your travel journal:
- size of journal
- weight of journal
- lined vs unlined vs grid paper
- page thickness and feel
- bound vs spiral
- blank vs guided
I might be a bit biased, since I created it , but the I’m Thinking…Travel! JOURNAL is the best travel journal out there. 🙂 That’s the journal I’m taking with me on my upcoming trip to Germany. Here are several other types of journals I really like.
Step #2: Choose Your Pens
Once you’ve chosen your travel journal, you need pens.
I like to bring a few different pens with me, usually 3-5, in various ink colors (and sometimes line weights). I often bring a combination of these InkJoy Gel pens in various colors and a few Fineliner pens.
You might also want to bring pencils for sketching (I can’t draw anything but stick figures so I leave them at home).
Tip: make sure that the pens you bring are comfortable to write with and that you’re ok with losing them (I always lose some when I’m traveling)!
#3: Select Your Embellishments
Ok, you don’t need embellishments but they sure do make journaling a lot more fun!
- washi tape (I love washi tape! You, too? Check out this vintage travel washi, this Japanese travel tickets washi, and this travel journal/planner washi)
- fun stickers (like these vintage travel stickers)
- and cute paperclips (like these multicolored clips)
I sometimes also bring a small pair of scissors, a glue stick or glue dots or my travel watercolor set.
#4: Don’t Forget Your Carrying Case!
I fell in love with pencil cases when I lived in Germany as a high school student. I’ve carried a pencil case full of pens ever since. In fact, I still use a gold metal pencil case that I bought when I was in high school.
When I travel I usually switch to a larger pencil bag that holds all of the accessories I want to bring with me. I’m always on the lookout for travel pencil bags, so here are a few of my favorites:
Big Capacity Case
I’m really thinking about picking this one up for myself! I love the green color, the shape, and that it opens two ways. Click here to check pricing on this big capacity pencil case!
Clear Zippered Pouch
I have a clear pencil bag like this one and I use it all the time when I travel. I like that it lays flat and that I can easily see the contents without opening the bag. Click here to check pricing on this clear zipper pouch!
Minimalist Felt Pouch
I love the minimalist look and size of this felt pencil bag. Click here to check out this felt zippered pouch.
Zippered Cube Case
This is another one I’m eyeing for myself. I love the bright color and the shape and size, and it would fit so well in my day bag. Click here to check out this zippered cube case!
Floral Cube Case
I like that this one is a bit bigger than the green one above. This photo doesn’t show it but there are two different compartments in this case so it’s easier to stay organized. Click here to check out this floral cube case!
Travel Journaling Prompts
One more thing for your travel journal kit? Writing prompts to inspire you!
Here are five prompts from the I’m Thinking…Travel! JOURNAL to get you started:
- Before you leave, write down your trip packing list.
Trust, me you’ll love seeing this years later when you re-discover your travel journal!
- While traveling, make a list of each day’s top 3 moments.
This is a great journaling habit to get into so you keep up your writing momentum, even on days you’re busy or too tired to write .
- Jot down a conversation you overhear.
You’ll never remember that hilarious/awkward/confusing exchange if you don’t!
- Write about what you’re learning about yourself through travel (or your travel partner!).
Reflective writing = personal growth!
- After your trip, reflect on your thoughts and feelings about “home.”
Use the “new eyes” you only have for a short time after being away to see your home from a different perspective.
Want more unique travel prompts? You’ll find them in the I’m Thinking…Travel! JOURNAL!