My Travel Journal Kit!

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Hello Everyone!

One of my favorite things about going on an exciting trip is having fun documenting it and being able to look back on the memories later. You guys know how much I love journals as well, so of course I can't pass up the opportunity to buy a new one for an upcoming vacation! 

I started doing this a couple years ago when I went to the States for a month and found some fun ways of documenting our time there. I found it quite relaxing to do when I had some downtime at night, or even when we were waiting at the airport. It's one of my all-time favorite projects to work on, seeing as it mixes travel with creativity. I thought I would show you my little journal kit that I always take with me to have fun being creative on holiday.

My Journal! 

On my first trip to the states, I took with me a journal that one of my really good friends had bought for me on my 21st birthday. It was an amazing leather-bound one from kikki K that was absolutely perfect. Since I loved it so much, I decided to go back and get another one from the same store and managed to find this cute one (on sale too!) What I love about these the most is the writing prompts throughout the journal, so you can document things like Here and Now or My Day On A Plate. It just makes both writing it and reading it later on so much more fun. There's also tonnes of room for pictures to go in and a section for food and shopping recommendations too. These are definitely my go-to travel journals!

A Rainbow of Pens + Case 

A bit obvious, but important nonetheless. I like taking tonnes of different colors with me to make the pages look pretty. I can use a different color for writing each day to make them stand out more too. I like bringing a Sharpee with me as well, because it has come in handy several times before. Maybe even for getting some signatures at Disney!
My pencil case is from Typo and it's super-light weight, as well as being able to be flattened down so it won't take up much room in my bag. I will probably keep some of my other journal accessories in here too for easy storage.

A Collecting Pocket 

My favorite part of travel journals is keeping all of my ticket stubs and brochures and turning the pages into a collage of what I've been up to. Some travel journals have that handy pocket at the back, but since my new one doesn't I'm just bringing a clear file with me to keep everything together. Paper clips can be really useful too. Here's what I keep:

Post cards
 Business Cards
Food Wrappers 
Money (notes)

It's also where I'm going to keep my journal stickers etc. so that they don't get damaged while we travel.

Instax Camera + Film

For me this is easiest way to get a few snapshots into my journal as I travel. It's a bit of a pain to have to wait until you get back to print pictures, so this is my on-the-go solution. They're the perfect size for an A5 journal too. Plus, how cool are Polaroids? My awesome friend got me the Alice in Wonderland film for my birthday last year, so I'm definitely going to be using that in the LA/Disney part of the trip. 


Double sided tape / Scissors
This is a really tidy way of sticking in any Instax pictures or other mementos you collect along the way. I usually cut a few strips to keep in my pencil case if I working on my journal at the airport. Just remember to keep your scissors in your check-in bag!

Making the collages of ticket stubs etc. that I've collected is always my favorite part and adding stickers makes the pages look awesome. I picked up this book from Typo and I am in love with some of the designs. It was only $11, so it's not going to break the bank and it fits the theme of an American holiday.
Then I have some alphabet ones too, so that I can personalize pages and have titles for the places we go. I actually bought this for my first travel journal and luckily there are so many sheets of them that I have plenty for this trip too!

Washi Tape
Just to have a little bit more fun with making collages! I bought these for my Bullet Journal and they're really great for making borders around pictures and titles. It will be cute for using to stick down my Polaroid photos and all the ticket-stubs I collect. They fit easily into my pencil case and you don't need scissors to cut strip off. It will make it easier for me to get some work done on my journal on flights or in the car while we drive.

And that's it! Everything I take with me to document my time traveling. I can't tell you how excited I am to work on this again soon.

Do you like to keep a travel journal?
Steph x.


  1. This has made me want to start a proper travel journal so bad! I have an instax camera and want to find something to do with the photos but don't know what. This might be something!

    Rachael at

    1. You totally should! I love working on them and flicking back through later. I only ever use my Instax for my journal, it's perfect!
      Steph x.

  2. Eek I love this post, it's so happy and colourful! :) I love keeping journals and have boxes full from when we first started wrestling. I can't resist notebooks and carrying them round everywhere and making notes on everything that goes on, this one looks so cute! :) I really need to catch up with my scrapbooking, I adore taking pictures but I need to get up to date! This polaroid camera is adorable! :) xx

    Lucy x |~ SweetIsAlwaysInStyle || Lifestyle Blog ~

    1. Thanks Lucy! Me too, it's so fun. There's just so many days that I don't want to forget and journals are the best. Glad I'm not the only one who carries a journal everywhere! Have you ever gotten into Project Life scrapbooking?
      Steph x.

  3. I LOVE the camera! :)

    S .x

  4. I've got a travel journal which currently holds momentos of adventures in Lille, New York and London - I'm excited to be able to add Amsterdam to the collection soon too! I'm glad I'm not the only one that holds onto receipts as well, haha! You've also reminded me that I've got some unused washi tape, I'll definitely be digging this out now :-)

    1. Wow that sounds exciting! Amsterdam would be incredible, I hope you have the best time :) Isn't it lovely to get the whole experience into a journal? I'm glad that I'm not the only one who keeps receipts!
      Steph x.

  5. I used to have a travel journal when I was younger, It's such a fun idea! I've just started a sort of inspiration book where I document trips and sketch out fashion designs from it. When I get it going it should be really fun to do aha! x

    Emily |

    1. That sounds awesome! I'm glad you love documenting trips and things too :)
      Steph x.

  6. This is such a great idea! I always forget to document my trips and this seems like a great way to remember them.

    I'll definitely be doing this on my next holiday.