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    Default Re: How Do You Use a Field/Pocket Notebook?

    I usually keep my Midori passport in my handbag. I use it for notes, but because I also have the pocket inserts, I always have stamps, and those cards for doctor's appointments in it, too. The notebook I use for notes about books I want to read/buy (esp. when I am in a bookstore or reading BookPage)--I get books from the library rather than buy them. Occasionally I come across a quotation I want to take note of. If I want to vent or something, the notebook is there.

    I do carry a Nock Sinclair and put some of their index cards there. Those are mostly to give to others if I need to write something down for them.
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    I use my notebook to make the important notes during the day. It is one of the best ways to remember everything I have to do and I have already done it. I take it with myself in my bag. Also, think about a waterproof notebook. Sometimes I have a need to write down something when I am on the street and it is rainy. I wonder if such notebooks are working.

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    I make my own traveler's compatible notebooks (11x21 cm) out of Zerkall 145 gsm paper. A bit thinner than the standard and with a soft cover. They fit perfectly in one of the inner pockets of a sport jacket. In the other inner pocket I attach my pen. I use the notebook for small sketches/doodles or notes during the day especially when commuting by train.

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    Thank you to all who have contributed. I continue to record hiking field notes.

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    I have to admit that I haven't used a field note book since I took an Outward Bound course too many years ago. I enjoyed the mental exercise of reflecting upon the activities, challenges and experiences of each day. I think I need to revisit keeping a journal.

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    I used to use them to jot down observations and bits of stolen conversation. Before Covid, that is. Sigh.

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    Default Re: How Do You Use a Field/Pocket Notebook?

    Quote Originally Posted by hwd181 View Post
    I use my notebook to make the important notes during the day. It is one of the best ways to remember everything I have to do and I have already done it. I take it with myself in my bag. Also, think about a waterproof notebook. Sometimes I have a need to write down something when I am on the street and it is rainy. I wonder if such notebooks are working.
    Rite-in-the-Rain seem to be perfect field notebooks. I bought a couple at the military store at Ft Hood when my daughter-in-law was stationed there. Use a pencil, though. The pages have a coating that sheds water, as well as FP ink. Rite-in-the-Rain sells a ballpoint that scraps off coating to lay down a line, but it seemed that most Soldiers used a pencil.

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    Default Re: How Do You Use a Field/Pocket Notebook?

    Quote Originally Posted by welch View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by hwd181 View Post
    I use my notebook to make the important notes during the day. It is one of the best ways to remember everything I have to do and I have already done it. I take it with myself in my bag. Also, think about a waterproof notebook. Sometimes I have a need to write down something when I am on the street and it is rainy. I wonder if such notebooks are working.
    Rite-in-the-Rain seem to be perfect field notebooks. I bought a couple at the military store at Ft Hood when my daughter-in-law was stationed there. Use a pencil, though. The pages have a coating that sheds water, as well as FP ink. Rite-in-the-Rain sells a ballpoint that scraps off coating to lay down a line, but it seemed that most Soldiers used a pencil.
    Soldiers use pencils because they, have been taught to. Pencils will write on almost any surface and in almost any conditions. They can be sharpened with a pocket or other knife, and every soldier has a knife. Pens and mechanical mechanical pencils are more susceptible to breakage and failure. The two most common writing instruments we carried 'in the bush' in my day (1960s & 70s) were lead pencils and grease pencils although many of us usually had a biro for letter writing, etc.

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    Default Re: How Do You Use a Field/Pocket Notebook?

    On my 10 mile loop hike I record the starting time and temp. I record the number of other hikers encountered and on which trail. I record thoughts/observations. I enjoy doing a review of past hikes.

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    Default Re: How Do You Use a Field/Pocket Notebook?

    I use a Leuchtturm1917 A6 Field Notebook for my Motorcycling as a daily riding log. My mileage for the day, fuel consumed, Maintenance issues if any. I record the days temperature and weather conditions. Any observations that pops out. I keep mine in my tank bag which stays with that bike as I have a few more.
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    Last edited by VerticalTwin; September 27th, 2020 at 12:06 PM.

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