As most of you are probably aware, I have a penchant for travel + adventure. And apart from that, I also love notebooks – to the point that I would bring at least 2-3 notebooks every time I pack for a trip (only because I’m very indecisive with my essentials).
There’s the usual art / sketch journal (view more of my travel illustrations here), expenses / itinerary notebook, and another separate personal journal where most of my thoughts reside. It’s not that I’m picky, but rather, it seems like there just isn’t any notebook to encapsulate all of the things I want to jot down during my travels.
So it’s definitely a surprise to know that during my trip to Taipei last weekend, I only brought a notebook – only one, for a change: the #WriteNow travel journal, a collaboration between Maine, Sunday Paper and yours truly.
Maine, AJ (of Sunday Paper) and I designed this journal keeping in mind the Type A + Type B traveler – and we made sure it had the right amount of organization and freedom to fully be utilized while in transit. Born out of our love for travel and taking notes, this passion project was definitely the icing on our cake this 2015 (and it’s out now in the market, yay!).
Being the resident artist of the team, I made sure that (1) the quality of paper was great for illustration, (2) there was enough blank space for drawing + writing, and (3) it was convenient enough to be carried on the go.
Here’s the thing: this notebook’s divided in chapters, making it easy for us travelers to categorize our adventures. I guess at that point, it doesn’t come off as just a “planner” but really, a journal / book type of sorts.
Each chapter consists of different pages: Forget-Me-Nots (for flights / important trip details), Stay on Budget + Stuff to Bring (mandatories), Places to Check Out, Itinerary (divided into AM & PM), Thoughts, and extra dotted + grid pages (for you to fill up in whichever way you like).
I love that Write Now comes with a handy canvas pouch (complete with compartments) – an assurance that it will always be in good condition (also: plus points for convenience if you’re bringing washi tapes, pens and other art materials!).
Aside from a travel journal, here are some of my recommended art tools while traveling:
- Fineliner / brush pen. Just bring one for both writing + drawing, and you’re good to go. (recommended brands: Pilot or Micron for fineliner pen, Faber Castell for brush pen)
- Pencil + eraser. Anything handy should be fine. (I literally just bring a random pencil + eraser I find, lol)
- Portable watercolor set. For those painting on the go, get a Peerless watercolor set for convenience. But if you prefer actual pans, Koi, Daler & Rowney or Windsor & Newton has portable sets you can purchase. (other alternative: watercolor pencils)
- Aqua brush. Again, for those painting on the go, this is relatively the best tool you can use for painting as the water is already loaded on the brush. Another alternative is an Escoda foldable brush for those who really prefer the real brush (you can order it at Artwhale).
I try to keep my things at a minimal when I travel because I don’t like losing my things and at the same time, worry about the bulk of materials I have to carry around (it’s usually stored in my hand-carry vs my luggage).
So, I’ll be heading to Singapore next week and I already drew out a few key places to visit. Check out the video below.
We’re also launching something in a few days called #ChangingChapters. I’m in charge for Chapter 2. Can’t wait to share with you what it’s about soon!
If you have any travel journaling tips to share or questions you’d like to ask, let me know in the comments below! :)
PS: Free shipping this December on Sunday Paper’s online shop (code: Rudolph). You’re welcome! :)
Photos by Maine Manalansan, Christie Lim & yours truly