The number one question we are asked and that we see on facebook groups is "How do I know what size I need?" or "What size will work best for me?" Buying a Traveler's Notebook is considered a investment by some, a hobby, a addiction or a self indulgence. We have many friends who spend time picking out their perfect leather quill and it will last them forever. Other friends order them 2 and 3 at a time, in every color and multiple sizes. Our favorite quote is "You do you boo!"
I spent a tremendous amount of money trying to find my perfect size of Traveler's Notebook. I thought it would be helpful to create a "how to" with my tips for finding your perfect size. After you write down the answers to the questions I will explain them in more detail.
#1- Think about the current notebooks/planners you use. What sizes are they? Do you carry a small notebook in your purse daily? Do you have a notebook on your desk at all times? Men, do you keep a notebook in your shirt or pants pocket? Take the time to think about what you already own and like. Take measurements of the sizes.
#2- How do you want to plan or what do you want to use a Traveler's Notebook for? Will this be your everyday planner and wallet? Are you looking to art journal? How much space do you think you will need to use it effectively. Do you want to pretty plan or be minimal?
#3- Do you want to make or buy your own inserts? Do you want to create your own layout everyday or have a set week on a page?
#4- Search #travelersnotebook on instagram. Make notes about what catches your eye and what you like. Also, what do you not like.
Now that you've done a little research and homework let's revisit each question.
#1- Looking at the notebooks you currently own what is the most common size? I've created a little cheatsheet below to help you decide on a size that works best with what you currently use. Don't feel like you need to use the exact traveler's notebook for your size of inserts. As long as they are protected that is what matters. For example, I use a Standard Wrap Leather Quill that holds inserts up to 5" wide. I use Midori inserts in my LQ and they are only 4.5" wide. This gives me extra room to make sure my pen is protected.
#2- Spending the time thinking about what you want to use it for is probably the most important. I use 3 different notebooks. 1 is my master calendar and weekly to do, 2nd is my notes and 3rd is my business notebook. I started off using a A5 but realized that was just a bit to big for me. My perfect size is a standard. I love my Midori inserts and I can make my own if I would like.
POCKET SIZE- Pocket is commonly referred to as Field Notes size. Field Notes is a popular notebook brand. Many many many friends use a pocket as their life planner and love the portability side of it. I use mine as a wallet and it is perfect!
PERSONAL SIZE- 2nd most popular size. Personal size gives you the portability similar to a pocket size but allows you a little more room for planning. This is a popular size for friends who want to take their planner everywhere with them and use it as a wallet.
NARROW/MIDORI SIZE- Midori is a popular brand and they are the grandfather to the whole Traveler's Notebook empire. If Personal size is just a little to small this may be a great option for you. Inserts are easily available on amazon or etsy and the size will limit you on how many inserts you can use without overhang.
STANDARD LEATHER QUILL/WIDE- Sized to fit Midori, Moleskine Cahier and Maybooks this is our #1 most popular. Inserts are easy to find and make yourself, plenty of room to expand and try new things. It also allows you to keep many inserts in one place.
A5- Essentially this size is a half sheet of paper. Very popular with watercolor artisans, art journal friends and folks who love bullet journaling. Every Artisan does size their products differently but our Leather Quills are perfect for Leuchtturm and Rhodia peeps! Ink Well Press too!!
If you are on the fence about a size buy a insert first! Try the insert and see if it is something you can see yourself using.
#3- Where do you plan on getting your inserts? Etsy is my go to place along with amazon. If you are a DIYer you will want to stick with standard size or less. When making your own inserts standard size tend to require less cutting and if you are creating inserts on your computer, it is a bit easier.
#4- When checking out photos online what are the top 3 things that stood out to you? Was it the notebook itself? The insert layout? These photos are so helpful when trying to find what you like and size you like.
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I hope you found this post helpful! If you have questions or need more advice please leave a comment below.
Have a lovely afternoon!