I haven’t been using a Traveler’s Notebook (TN) for that long, and there’s a lot to this section of the planner world, especially when it comes to the sizes of TNs. I’ll be giving an overview of the different TN sizes and some of the inserts options I’ve found.
***TN inserts size measurements come from the Chic Sparrow website. This is not an endorsement of Chic Sparrow nor is it a sponsored post. Just using this website as an information source.***
- Field Notes / Pocket Size
- Inches: 3.5 x 5.5
- Centimeters: 8.9 x 14
- Personal Size
- Inches: 3.75 x 6.5
- Centimeters: 9.5 x 16.5
- A6 Size
- Inches: 4 x 6
- Centimeters: 10.2 x 15.2
- Narrow / Standard Size
- Inches: 8.25 x 4.25 or 4.33 (I’ve seen some variation in my research.)
- Centimeters: 21 x 10.8/11
- Wide Size
- Inches: 8.25 x 5.125
- Centimeters: 21 x 13
- Extra Wide Size
- Inches: 8.25 x 5.5
- Centimeters: 21 x 14
- A5 Size
- Inches: 8.25 x 5.8
- Centimeters: 21 x 14.7
There are lots of options for inserts online. Various ETSY shops that offer digital downloads or print & ship. Chic Sparrow does have its own line of inserts. Ray Blake (www.mylifeallinoneplace.com) offers free inserts you can download and print yourself or have him print them for you (check the cost on that). Amazon also sells the Midori inserts.
Once you know what size you want, you can also design and cut out your own inserts. This may take some practice and experimentation, but it is doable. I’ve designed a multitude of inserts for my own use, both for TNs and ringed planners.
Certain stores do carry the Piccadilly and Moleskine brand notebooks, in a variety of sizes, which was you use as it or cut them down.
I like to check my local stores for other types of notebooks that may fit the TNs I have. For me, I can use just about anything. I would also like to bring your attention to two notebooks that you may not have considered before.
Mini Composition Book
Photo snipped from Walmart.com
Size: 3” x 5” or 7.6 cm x 12.7 cm
Fits: Field Notes / Pocket Size
Ruled paper; 80 sheets; 160 pages
I found them at Walmart in a 3 pack, with different color covers.
Durably Poly Cover Composition Book
Photo snipped from DollarGeneral.com
Size: 5” x 7” or 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm
Ruled paper; 90 sheets; 180 pages
Fits: Nothing perfectly really. It can be cut down to fit into an A6 or Narrow / Standard size. I’ve done that with mine, to fit my Narrow. I also trimmed the plastic cover off since this was going to be a disposable notebook anyways.
I found them at both Walmart and Dollar General.
Most TN users keep an eye out for other types of notebooks that are adaptable for a TN. These are two cheap suggestions, especially if you’re looking for disposable notebooks for shopping lists.
© Cori Large March 24, 2016