The beauty of travel journaling is that you can create your journal or scrapbook in exactly the way you want! But what are the best travel scrapbooking supplies to get started with?
Well, you really don’t need much to get started, actually. Pfew! Do you have a pen, pair of scissors and some glue or tape? You’re pretty much ready to go!
Of course, if you want to let out all of your creativity, stocking up on some additional supplies will definitely help you in the process – and it doesn’t have to cost much. Let me give you some inspiration in this blog.
TIP: For a complete list of our favourite travel journals, have a look at the bottom of this article!
OUR TOP 6 TRAVEL JOURNALS
* The Adventure Book (prompts + scrapbook per country)
* Moleskine Passion Journal Travel (blank paper)
* Duncan & Stone Travel Journal (prompts + scrapbook)
* Promptly Journals X Kelli Murray (prompts + scrapbook)
* Clever Fox Travel Journal (prompts + stickers)
* Wayfaren Travel Journal (lined paper)
- CREATE A TRAVEL JOURNALING KIT
- WRITING MATERIALS FOR SCRAPBOOKING
- CUTTING & GLUEING
- PROJECT LIFE
- PRINTS & PAPERS
- TAPE, STICKERS & STAMPS
- NATURAL EMBELISHMENTS
- PRACTICAL INFO
CREATE A TRAVEL JOURNALING KIT
WRITING MATERIALS FOR SCRAPBOOKING
Let’s start with the different types of writing and drawing materials you might want to add to your travel journal kit.
PENS & FINELINERS
To write down the memories from your travels, you’ll first need some kind of ballpen. I love this Fisher space pen, part because I’m a huge space geek, but also because it’s high quality and works in all temperatures and at any angle – even upside down, under water and in zero gravity! The patented ink cartridge was designed by Paul Fisher for NASA in the 1960’s, which explains the name (and the zero gravity bit).
Other great investments are the PILOT Rolling Ball Gel Pens (these smooth writing, long-lasting and refillable ink pens feature comfortable rubber grips and are available in various point thicknesses) and the Stabilo sensor pens, which I currently use myself (these fineliners use micro-cushioning to adapt to your writing pressure and are available in lots of colours).
FELT TIP PENS
Stabilo is one of my favourite brands when it comes to writing/drawing materials and their felt tip pens are also great! Their pointMax ARTY pens give vibrant colours and have fast drying, water-based ink (in 42 colours). The unique robust nylon tip produces bold, crisp lines in 0.8mm line width.
Another option are these 0.7 mm felt tip pens from Paper Mate. They have smear-resistant water-based ink which is quick-drying and like Stabilo also won’t bleed through paper.
For colouring pencils, I’m going to recommend… ok, Stabilo again! They are just a solid choice. Their premium Carbothello chalk-pastel pencils come in 60 colours and can be dry-blended or smudged with either fingertips or a blending stump to create a variety of artistic effects. Partially aquarellable, the pigments can also be used with a brush and water.
Another brand I keep going back to is Sharpie – with their iconic markers and pens. Besides their famous permanent marker in assorted colours (which might not be too suitable for journal pages), they also have fine point art pens and fine point felt tip pens.
One last Stabilo pitch: Their “Swing Cool” highlighters are my go-to. They have a special anti-dry-out technology (you could leave the cap off for 4 hours and still be good to go) and are available in 14 colours (eight bright florescent colours and six delicate pastel shades). Also cool is that they have two line widths: you can use them as 1mm highlighters (to make a line) or 4mm (to highlight a word or sentence). Love them!
TRAVEL WITHOUT LEAVING HOME?
You don’t always need to be physically on the road to enjoy the beauty of destinations from all around the world!
From vintage travel posters to beautifully displayed souvenirs and home decor items inspired by your favourite places and from travel journals and crafts to exploring world recipes, music and dance.
With our creative articles you’ll get some fresh ideas on how to bring the world closer to the comforts of your own home.
CUTTING & GLUEING
A good pair of scissors is a must when you’re going the scrapbooking route. For the best results, you want a sharp pair and for paper, the best ones have small blades, so you can easily cut curves and corners.
There are so many different hole punches to choose from! Of course you have the original ones with 2/3/4 holes for adding papers to a binder, but there are also many with cute shapes to give more interest to your pages.
CUTTING MAT & KNIFE
Sometimes I like to cut my photos with a knife rather than with scissors, so in that case I use a cutting mat. My knife is the 10-095 from Stanley, which my brother got for me in the hardware store :)
For cutting or drawing in your travel scrapbook, having a good ruler is also a must! For cutting I recommend an iron ruler, so you don’t accidentally cut into it.
GLUE STICK & ROLLER
No scrapbooking is complete without a good glue stick or glue roller. Pritt is always a good choice! They even have special scrapbooking tape.
To be real honest, I haven’t used my bottle of mod podge that much, but if you’re creating the cover of your scrapbook, then adding a layer of this hardening, see-through glue could make it last a lot longer!
Project Life is a solution-based system for bringing photos and stories together. They have an app and digital version, but I still prefer the good old physical scrapbook!
To get started, you’ll need a project life album and project life pocket pages (either type 1 or type 2). These pocket pages are so clever, you simply slide your photos and other flat memories into them! It’s really scrapbooking for lazy people (like me) – haha!
WANT TO BE A TRAVEL BLOGGER?
There is a lot that goes into running a profitable blog and there’s so much that goes on behind the scenes than you might not realize at first.
I’ve been blogging since 2006 and have a ton of tips to share! From brainstorming ideas to creating content all year round and from posting on social media to maintaining your website, tracking what’s working, networking at events and eventually working with brands…
PRINTS & PAPERS
Usually scrapbook paper or craft paper is a bit thicker, so it’s easier to work with.
I also found these magnetic page markers, which I think will be a great addition to your scrapbook!
Other paper ideas to add are: drawings, rubbings, food / product packaging, food / product labels, postcards, postal stamps, ticket stubs, receipts, maps, menus, boarding passes, business cards, letters or notes from friends, something written/printed in the local language, cuttings from (travel) magazines, travel brochures, etc. etc.
What is a travel scrapbook without memorable photos in them? Besides the standard sizes you can get at your local print show, I also love to add little polaroids to my albums.
Here you can find the popular Fujifilm Instax mini camera with special film and even a handy printer.
Another fun tip is to find some vintage travel photos in your local thrift shop or market!
“One can never have enough Washi Tape” – Old Chinese Proverb.
Or is it?
Either way, I am always looking for more washi tape to decorate my travel journals with, that’s definitely true!
If it’s flat enough (and if you’re allowed to take it from the destination you’re visiting), you can also add a bit of nature to your travel journals.
WHICH BOOK TO READ?
The Travel Tester loves to review books that teach you something about yourself or the world around us.
From travel guides and stories to books about business and self-development and from cultural stories to cook books from kitchens around the world… if it looks interesting to us, we’ll test it!
No matter where you’re going, with our reviews you’ll know exactly what to read next!
OUR FAVOURITE TRAVEL JOURNALS
- The Adventure Book – Original Edition (prompts + scrapbook per country)
- The Adventure Book – Europe Edition (prompts + scrapbook per country)
- The Adventure Book – Ultimate Traveler’s Edition (prompts + scrapbook per country)
- Moleskine Passion Journal Travel (blank paper)
- Moleskine National Geographic Traveller’s Journal (tabbed sections + prompts)
- Moleskine Journey City Notebook – London (pocket)
- Moleskine Journey City Notebook – Paris (pocket)
- Moleskine Journey City Notebook – New York (pocket)
- Moleskine Journey City Notebook – Hong Kong (pocket)
- Duncan & Stone Travel Journal (prompts + scrapbook)
- Everywhere You Go: Guided Travel Journal (prompts)
- Promptly Journals X Kelli Murray (prompts + scrapbook)
- Robrasim Refillable Leather Travelers Notebook (mixed papers + pockets)
- Clever Fox Bucket List Journal (prompts + stickers)
- Clever Fox Camping Journal (prompts + stickers)
- Clever Fox Travel Journal (prompts + stickers)
- Axel & Ash Life’s a Road Trip Journal (prompts)
- Axel & Ash Swept Away by Wanderlust (prompts)
- Field Notes: National Parks Series (pocket, graph paper)
- Bookishly Travel Journals (blank pages)
- Wayfaren Travel Journal (lined paper)
- Oakdene Designs Personalised Motorhome Travel Journal (prompts + scrapbook)
- Oakdene Designs Personalised Travel Journal (prompts + scrapbook)
- Oakdene Designs Personalised Caravan Travel Journal (prompts + scrapbook)
- Oakdene Designs Personalised Wooden Journal (lined pages)
- Oakdene Designs Personalised Hiking Journal (prompts + scrapbook)
- Oakdene Designs Personalised Road Bike Journal (prompts)
- Oakdene Designs Personalised Wooden Adventure Journal (prompts + scrapbook)
- Oakdene Designs Personalised Camping Journal (prompts + scrapbook)
- CamperVanStore Bamboo Travel Journal (lined paper + pen)
- Personalized Monogrammed Leather Travel Journal (blank pages)
- OneLineVoyage Faux Leather Travel Journal (prompts)
- Luckies Scratch Off Travelogue (prompts + scratch maps)
- Letterfolk Trip Passport (pocket + prompts)
OUR FAVOURITE TRAVEL NOTEBOOK COVERS
- Galen Leather – Leuchtturm1917 Notebook Covers
- Galen Leather – Moleskine Covers
- Galen Leather – Field Notes Covers
- Galen Leather – Traveler’s Notebook Covers
TRAVEL JOURNALS FOR KIDS
- I Was Here: A Travel Journal for the Curious Minded
- Go!: A Kids’ Interactive Travel Diary and Journal – RED
- Go!: A Kids’ Interactive Travel Diary and Journal – BLUE
- Go!: A Kids’ Interactive Travel Diary and Journal – YELLOW
- Kids’ Travel Specialty Journal
- Lonely Planet Kids My Travel Journal
- Lonely Planet Kids The Travel Activity Book
- The Ultimate Travel Journal For Kids
- Road Trip Activities and Travel Journal for Kids
- Travel Journal for Kids
- Here I Go!: A Kid’s Travel Journal
GET YOUR SUPPLIES
Compile your own travel journal kit with these items:
- colouring pencils
- felt tip pens (love these from Stabilo and Paper Mate)
- pens (love this Fisher space pen, the PILOT Rolling Ball Gel Pens and the Stabilo sensor pens)
- sharpie markers and pens
- hole puncher
- cutting mat
- glue stick / glue roller
- mod podge
- stamps (wooden travel stamps or silicone travel stamps)
- washi tape
- stickers (for example: travel sticker set, planner stickers, world landmark stickers, passport stamp stickers, US state stickers, travel around the world stickers, US national park stickers, outdoor stickers)
- magnetic page markers
- origami paper
- scrapbook paper
- pressed flowers
- pressed leaves
- scrapbook feathers
- polaroids (fujifilm instax mini camera, film and printer here)
- digital printables (travel stationary and country flags)
- project life album
- project life pocket pages (type 1 / type 2)
- project life lined cards
- more project life items
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