Until recently, I never really gave much thought about traveling with bullet journal supplies. I’m a stay-at-home-mom, my kids aren’t in school yet, so most of my time is spent here at home. I have a pen cup that I keep my most important pens in, and I carry those around the house with me. The rest of my journal supplies live in my desk and they’re always within reach. Then we went on vacation, and I had to put in some serious planning! I thought I’d share with you today how I traveled with my journal supplies. Hopefully it will give you a few ideas and save you the hassle of all the research!
Traveling with Bullet Journal Supplies
First I had to decide the bare minimum for what supplies I wanted to take. I typically use fine liner pens for my color coding, a fountain pen with black ink as my main pen, brush pens for quotes and headers, a strip of washi as a top border for each daily entry, various stickers for decoration, and some watercolors when I feel like getting artsy. I knew we’d be out and about doing a lot of stuff, and I wouldn’t have the time or the need for all those supplies. Who wants to carry all of that around anyway? It was time to get simple.
My bare minimum supplies were:
- Journal (a gorgeous lemon yellow Leuchtturm1917 – check out my setup here!)
- Fountain pen (attached to the journal with a pen loop)
- Ink cartridges for the pen
- Tombow brush pens
- 2 small sticker books
- 2 rolls of washi
- White out pen
- 6” Ruler
- Pencil & eraser
Since I wouldn’t have time for the watercolors, there was no need to pack those. I did bring 2 sticker books to make my June setup easier and quicker. I adjusted my color-coding system a bit by using the fine tip of the brush pen instead of the fine liner pens. And I limited myself to 2 rolls of washi to use for the monthly setup as well. I don’t need a strip across the top of each day. Simple is easy for traveling!
Find a Pen Case
Finding the right pen case was the hardest part for me. I wanted something that would contain my pens and small bits if it got knocked over (life with kids), and I really wanted my journal to fit inside of it. To get really picky, I didn’t want a huge monstrosity of a case that would be an additional thing to carry everywhere; it needed to be something that would fit inside a tote bag or my large purse.
I searched through several Facebook groups looking for recommendations, I scoured through Amazon for hours. I saw so many cases that were nothing but pen loops (no way to store other supplies). Some cases were way too small or they were practically another suitcase.
I finally settled on the Create 365 pen case (I got mine from Amazon, but you can also grab it from Michael’s or Hobby Lobby if you have one nearby). This pen case is made by the same company that created the Happy Planner. It’s deep enough to hold my supplies and my journal, and it has a double-sided flap with pen loops. It was just big enough to hold everything I needed it to, and the perfect size to fit in my purse. Talk about perfection!
My Setup for Traveling with Bullet Journal Supplies
My favorite part was setting everything up! I put the small ruler in the lid pocket. Next came the pens! The most-frequently used pens (mainly the colors I used for my color coding) went on the top of the pen loop flap, and all the rest went on the back/bottom side. I placed my stickers in the bottom pocket, and the journal sat on top of those. There were a few things that I tucked on the sides of the journal (pencil, eraser, white-out pen), but everything had a place and it all fit!
Bonus! It doubled as a desk in the car! I did a tiny bit of journaling in the car, and the case made a perfect flat space to write on when I put it in my lap. I love this case so much that I just had to share it with you!
So when you’re thinking about traveling with your bullet journal supplies (either for vacation or just everyday carry), here’s my advice for you:
- Think about what supplies you have to have. Sometimes it can be hard to pare back a little, but it will make your life easier. Keep it simple!
- Find a case that works for you. How big does it need to be? Do you want your journal to fit inside it? Do you want it to double as a purse?