So we have been on the road for about a month now, and one of the things that was driving me ABSOLUTELY crazy was having a big, bulky wallet AND my standard size Traveler’s Notebook in my sling purse which has limited space. Since we are adventuring and sightseeing, having minimal bulk in my bag was the goal. Insert the idea of combining my wallet WITH my Traveler’s Notebook.
Born was my Travel TN Wallet! Man, combining the two was a definite GAME CHANGER.
Here’s how I set it up for max productivity and functionality to have everything right where I need it when I need it.
The Traveler’s Notebook
First off, let’s talk about the actual Traveler’s Notebook that I use. I snagged a Buffalo Plaid Standard size Traveler’s Notebook from Webster’s Pages when they had their release of their new Color Crush products back in April/May. It is a gorgeous black and white plaid on the outside, but on the inside, it’s a whole other ball game.
Inside the front cover, the TN boasts pink floral print and white faux leather pockets, and the back is lined with a caramel faux leather. It’s beautiful! The same prints and colors line the back of the notebook.
The TN Pockets
Inside the front cover, this TN includes a large back pocket, a large secretarial pocket, two smaller slot pockets and a window pocket. I use these for storing paraphernalia such as bus maps, shuttle passes, important bus schedules, extra coupons and small memorabilia. I use the window pocket to display my business card.
In the back of the TN, there are two additional pockets, a large back pocket and a skinny, top-load pocket that is the length of the TN. In these pockets, I keep some postcard stamps for those postcards my kids are writing back home to friends and family. In the second pocket, I keep a checklist pad from The Reset Girl. It is actually sized and punched for an A5 planner, but the notepad fits so nice in this pocket, and it is always good to have a few lists on hand.
I also added a small adhesive side-load pocket on the white faux leather under the notepad to stick an extra pad of sticky notes. It’s convenient and useful. You never know when you might need a quick sticky!
The Wallet Insert
Now, to the good stuff. The insert that makes this TN an actual wallet is a plastic insert that has card slots, a zippered pouch, and some extra pockets. I believe I picked mine up at my local Michaels store, but you can also get this one on Amazon. I actually added a couple more adhesive pockets to this insert to increase functionality.
I added an adhesive pocket that includes a large pocket and two card pockets to the outside of the zipper pouch. This is where I keep payment cards and my license. In the large pocket, I keep extra things such as shopping coupons, stamps, and other important information.
Within the zipper pouch, I added an extra piece of package paper to create a divider. I store my cash/coins and receipts within this zippered pouch to keep them from falling out or getting lost.
The three card pockets within the insert are great for storing extra cards such as gift cards, insurance cards, membership cards, etc. You can pack SEVERAL cards into those little pockets!
There is an additional large pocket on the back of the card pockets. I keep extra icon stickers for my calendar and some washi cards I made. I also added an extra adhesive pocket to the the large pocket to store extra business cards.
The Calendar Insert & Other Notebooks
I currently have three other notebooks/inserts tucked in the strings of this TN.
The first is a monthly calendar insert from Annie Plans Printables. I am a strong advocate for having at least a monthly calendar on hand at all points in time. It’s great for jotting down appointments, meetings, special events or pre-scheduling any big dates/times. This is also where having some icon stickers on hand comes in handy.
The other two notebooks in my TN are used mainly for brain dumping, taking notes, lettering practice, doodles and a place for my kids to draw in while we are out and about. I have two of these notebooks in my TN since my first one is wrapping up. They are the Standard Wide size notebooks from Carpe Diem Planners.
I have to admit, this system has been really working for me since being on the road. It’s been really nice to have everything all in one place. Being able to just toss this into any bag that we are using – be it an adventure bag or my purse – this little bundle is so nice to have. So what do you think? Would you ever consider turning your TN into a wallet for on the go functionality?
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