The 10 best pocket notebooks for 2019

Introduction

We live in the world of mobile applications, digital calendars, and keyboards.

Everything gets digitized. And the people tend to develop new habits adapting to the digital era.

No doubt, planning and the note-taking are taking a new form – every year it becomes more and more common to manage the time, plan, and make notes using laptops and smartphones rather than in longhand.

It’s no surprise, though. The digital devices provide us with a great level of simplicity, convenience, and functionality. This all made the old-fashioned pen and paper take second place.

So… Does it mean that classic paper notebooks are over and it’s all about the digital calendars now? Not so fast.
The physical planners have a number of significant advantages that are not going to be substituted by the mobile apps anytime soon.

Remarkable opportunities for personalization, instant access to what matters most, and the physical act of writing that adds importance to your notes. These are the things that make paper notebooks impossible to replace.
Here are 10 best pocket notebooks for 2019 you can take with you every day, wherever you go.

MOLESKINE CLASSIC NOTEBOOK

This is one of the most popular pocket notebooks available in the market. And it’s no wonder why. This reliable travel companion is perfect for convenient note-taking, capturing thoughts and passing notes. It has a cardboard hard cover with the rounded corners, 192 pages made of acid-free paper, an elegant bookmark, an elastic closure and an expandable inner pocket – everything your need to keep your notes safe and enjoy making notes. The notebook fits perfectly in the back pocket and lasts long.

Pros
  • Lots of pages as for a pocket notebook.  
  • Minimalistic design
Cons
  • The thin paper quality results in bleed through and ghosting.

Product details

Number of pages Paper weight Cover type Size
192 70 gsm Hardcover 3.5'' x 5.5"

UNNI POCKET NOTEBOOK

The UNNI team from San Francisco brings a premium quality product at an affordable price. The UNNI notebook looks very classy and sleek. The classic grid paper will allow you to keep things neat and will also allow to use the pages for sketches and drawings. The elastic band of the notebook keeps the pages from getting messed up and the cover looks like a nice book. Even if you are a long-time Moleskine loyalist, you may easily fall in love with the UNNI pocket notebook.

 

Pros
  • Beautiful design
  • Available in different colors
Cons
  • You’ll have to deal with heavy ghosting if you use dark ink.

 

Product details

Number of pages Paper weight Cover type Size
192 100 gsm Hardcover 5" X 8.3"

RHODIA POCKET SIZE NOTEBOOK

Rhodia presents a 3" x 4.8" notebook that is slightly bigger than the classic A7 size. Rhodia once again designed a perfect notebook – this time a pocket-sized one for everyday carry. Most customers emphasize that the paper quality is stunning in these notebooks. It comes in three classic for Rhodia colors: white, orange and black. Unlike most of the notebooks in this category, the Rhodia pocket notebook is side-stapled so it doesn’t lay flat which is a great disadvantage because we all have already got used to this nice feature.

 

Pros
  • Smooth, 80gsm paper with the perfect amount of shading on the lines.
  • Water-proof cover
Cons
  • This is a staple bound notebook, so it doesn’t lay flat.
  • Only 24 sheets

Product details

Number of pages Paper weight Cover type Size
48 80 gsm Hardcover 3" x 4.75"

LEUCHTTURM1917 DOT GRID POCKET NOTEBOOK

Clean design. Remarkable quality. Great functionality. With 185 pages made of high-quality thick paper, the Leuchtturm1917 pocket notebooks have everything you need to enjoy the ease and convenience of the everyday use. If you are someone who needs space to write and sketch with great accuracy and the points of reference, this notebook is going to be your best choice.

 

Pros
  • Great size – perfectly fits your pocket
  • Available in lots of different colors
Cons
  • The hardcover is not very durable

Product details

Number of pages Paper weight Cover type Size
185 100 gsm Hardcover 3.55'' x 5.95''

TOPS IDEA COLLECTIVE MINI JOURNAL

This is one of a few small notebooks and have a decent number of pages – 192 pages of fine acid-free cream paper that makes writing enjoyable. Idea Collective Mini Journal features a stylish black cover, an expanding envelope with attractive yellow gusset to hold odds and ends. This is a great choice for everyone who wants their notebooks last longer and easily capture the thoughts and ideas on the go.

 

Pros
  • Suitable for just about any kind of writing.
  • Lots of pages
Cons
  • Too thick and hard to put on your back pocket

Product details

Number of pages Paper weight Cover type Size
192 90 gsm Hardcover 5.5'' x 3.5''

NORTHBOOKS A6 POCKET NOTEBOOK

Made in the USA, by a small indie company these notebooks are perfect for someone who are keen on bullet journaling and would love to capture your journal entries, sketches, and notes on the go. This EDC notebook has 90 GSM paper that is smooth, acid-free, and resistant to feathering and bleeding from all but the wettest fountain pen inks. The notebooks have very minimalistic design and enough space to let you enjoy writing and drawing by hand with no distractions. Whether buying it for yourself or others, the Northbooks A6 pocket notebook is a nice way to maintain your handwriting habits.

 

Pros
  • Very reasonably priced
  • Great paper quality
Cons
  • Very few pages

 

Product details

Number of pages Paper weight Cover type Size
64 90 gsm Hardcover 4.1'' x 5.8''

DINGBATS WILDLIFE POCKET A6 NOTEBOOK

If you love animals and enjoy writing things down, this notebook is for you. These beautiful handmade notebooks are made of biodegradable and recyclable materials, feature very thick 100 gsm crème paper, inner pocket, bookmark and an elastic band. The Dingbats notebooks come in 6 colors and feature the minimalistic embossing of animals on the front cover.

Pros
  • Inner pocket
  • Very thick paper
Cons
  • It’s a little bit bigger than other notebooks in this category

 

Product details

Number of pages Paper weight Cover type Size
192 100 gsm Softcover 6.1'' x 4.13''

MOLESKINE VOLANT NOTEBOOK

Moleskine presents another pocket notebook that is only 2.5 x 4’’. These extra small Moleskine Volant Notebooks come packaged in sets of two. Each notebook has 56 detachable pages made of  70 gsm acid-free paper. Just like any other Moleskine notebooks, the Volant Notebooks are minimalistic and convenient. It’s perfect to use it for grocery lists or for taking occasional notes. If you often need to tear out some pages to attach or leave a note at some place, these notebooks have you covered.

 

Pros
  • All the pages are detachable.

 

Cons
  • Very few pages.
  • The paper is too thin.

Product details

Number of pages Paper weight Cover type Size
56 70 gsm Hardcover 2.25" x 4"

FIELD NOTES EXPEDITION

The Field Notes asserts that it took them a few months of development and testing to to get these books just right. And it’s no wonder why. They dared to design a pocket notebook that would also be waterproof. Fortunately, that time wasn’t wasted. The Field Notes Expedition is your best choice if you want to always be sure your notes are safe regardless of the weather or environment you are at. Dot-graph waterproof synthetic paper, orange cover, and remarkable durability make this notebook one of the best pocket notebooks available.

 

Pros
  • Reliability and durability of the notebook
Cons
  • Very few pages.
  • Staple bound notebook.

Product details

Number of pages Paper weight Cover type Size
48 90 gsm Softcover 3.5 X 5.5

BULL & STASH MARKET JOURNAL

If you want to add some elegancy and sophistication to your everyday carry pocket notebook, you should consider the leather stylish softcover notebook A6 notebook by Bull & Stash. The cover is made of a high quality brown oiled leather. The notebook has 50 pages that are made of a thick bleed resistant paper. With time the vintage leather develops a natural patina over time and starts to look very individually. The last but not least, the cover in these notebooks is reusable so once you run out of pages, you can get a new refill and keep using the notebook with your old cover.   

 

Pros
  • A beautiful leather cover
  • Refillable
Cons
  • Very few pages
  • Metal binding hardware

Product details

Number of pages Paper weight Cover type Size
50 100 gsm Softcover 5.5'' x 3.5''