10 Things You Need to Start Your Travel Journal Practice

It's time to finally tackle that goal of starting your own travel journal. We've rounded up the 10 must-have items you need to become a travel journal rockstar this year.

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January 08, 2018

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The Midori Traveler's Notebook is pretty much the gold standard in the world of travel journaling. The flexible setup (paper "notebooks" are added by slipping them under a band that lives in the spine of the journal) essentially allows you to create your own custom journal. They're available in various sizes with different cover options.

Paint On the Go

This watercolor palette is small enough to easily bring with you as you travel around the world on your dream vacations. Even if you don't consider yourself a "painter," you might want to give watercolors a try. They're easy to work with and really help to elevate the spreads in your travel journal.

Travel Watercolor Pens

These handy watercolor pens allow you to paint anywhere and everywhere. Simply fill the tips of the pens with some water, then you're ready to paint on planes, trains and automobiles.

Colorful Markers

A great set of water-based markers are also a must-have for your travel journal. These markers have a fine tip and come in 20 vibrant colors. They will pair perfectly with your watercolors as you design each of your pages.

We All Need a Glue Stick

Your glue stick will quickly become your BFF as you create each of the spreads in your travel journal. This glue stick is acid-free, which means it's a great, long-wearing choice to use for tickets, maps or, most importantly, photos.

This Printer Fits in Your Pocket

This HP Sprocket mobile printer is small enough to fit into your pocket, purse or backpack. Bring it with you on your next trip and print out photos for your journal on the go. It easily syncs with your mobile phone and can even grab photos from Instagram or Facebook.

Travel-Inspired Ephemera

These travel-inspired bits and bobs will get you started as you put your journal together. Combine these fun paper elements with your own memories and souvenirs to remember all of your fun adventures.

Washi Tape For Days

Carrying endless rolls of washi tape will take up way too much room in your suitcase or carry-on bag. Instead, you can use these plastic boards to store a variety of washi tapes to bring with you. Simply wrap the tape around the plastic boards and you're ready to hit the road.

Pack It All Up

Choose a sturdy zipped bag like one of these to use for all of your travel journal supplies. You can bring along anything you might need for journaling on the go, and keep it all zipped up and secure in one easy spot. This is an especially fun activity to tackle on your plane ride home, so don't forget to pack it in your carry-on bag.

Get Inspired

If you've never created a travel journal before and don't quite know where to start, this book will give you some non-stop inspo. Dare to Sketch: A Guide to Drawing On The Go is a wonderful beginners, how-to book on anything and everything related to sketching. The book features daily sketching prompts, advice and tips, as well as loads of inspiring travel and street sketches.

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