7 Supplies to Kickstart Your Bullet Journal Practice

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Bullet journals are part planner, part calendar, and part to-do list—and you may have seen them on Instagram recently. While getting the hang of the method may take a couple tries (or weekly spreads), it helps to have the right tools to get you started. And if you're a devoted follower, you might be on the hunt to find supplies to make your journaling easier (and more enjoyable). Below we've collected just a few of our favorite products to help you take your journaling to the next level. And if you're looking for some new ideas to help you get the most out of your bullet journal, we've got you covered, too.

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1. Leuchtturm1917 Notebook

Leuchtturm1917, Amazon

Choosing a bullet journal notebook is ultimately a matter of personal preference, though many users go for ones with dots or lines to keep lists straight, and books that lay flat when open. The Leuchtturm1917 is especially popular for its blank table of contents, numbered pages, and durability. Plus, you can choose the size that fits best in your purse or bag, as well as from a variety of hues. The included stickers help when it comes time to archive your journal.

Find it on Amazon for $20.

2. Sakura Pigma Micron Pens

Sakura, Amazon

While artistic users go for crazy colors, it's best to start out with a simple, fine-tipped pen that won't bleed through your pages. The Pigma Micron pens from Sakura are great for strong but delicate writing that doesn't take up a ton of space. This set includes several different nib sizes, so you can experiment to find the one you like best. Plus, the archival ink is meant to stick around—great for when you're looking over bullet journals from years past.

Find them on Amazon for $11 or at these other retailers:

3. Rhodiarama Dot Notebook

Rhodia, Amazon

Slightly more advanced users might like the Rhodiarama Dot, which earns points for its durability, fancy leatherette cover, and the fact that you can weigh pages down with artwork and washi tape and still close the cover.

Find it on Amazon for $16.

4. Stabilo Fineliner Pens

Stabilo, Amazon

If you want to add a little pizazz to your bullet journal, these colorful fine-tipped Stabilo pens from Europe are a perfect choice. The pocket size makes them easy to stash alongside your notebook.

Find them on Amazon for $9.

5. Moleskine Dotted Journal

Moleskine, Amazon

The Moleskine journals are tried and true, and many bullet journalers like this dotted version. The dots are dark (but not too dark to interfere with your work) and the soft cover holds up like a champ.

Find it on Amazon for $12 and at these other retailers:

6. Tombow Brush Pens

Tombow, Amazon

If you're the type who wants to add hand-lettering to your bullet journal (all the better for those Instagram snaps), you might already be familiar with these Tombow pens. They can help you achieve a watercolor effect, and work great for calligraphy.

Find them on Amazon for $16.

7. Poppin Soft Cover Notebook

Poppin

The Poppin notebooks include lined pages and a back cover, plus a variety of fashionable metallic covers that set them apart.

Find it at Poppin for $10 to $12 or at these other retailers:

10 Rad Gifts for Hikers

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Greg Rosenke/Unsplash

The popularity of bird-watching, camping, and hiking has skyrocketed this year. Whether your gift recipients are weekend warriors or seasoned dirtbags, they'll appreciate these tools and gear for getting most out of their hiking experience.

1. Stanley Nesting Two-Cup Cookset; $14

Amazon

Stanley’s compact and lightweight cookset includes a 20-ounce stainless steel pot with a locking handle, a vented lid, and two insulated 10-ounce tumblers. It’s the perfect size for brewing hot coffee, rehydrating soup, or boiling water while out on the trail with a buddy. And as some hardcore backpackers note in their Amazon reviews, your favorite hiker can take the tumblers out and stuff the pot with a camp stove, matches, and other necessities to make good use of space in their pack.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Osprey Sirrus and Stratos 24-Liter Hiking Packs; $140

Amazon

Osprey’s packs are designed with trail-tested details to maximize comfort and ease of use. The Sirrus pack (pictured) is sized for women, while the Stratos fits men’s proportions. Both include an internal sleeve for a hydration reservoir, exterior mesh and hipbelt pockets, an attachment for carrying trekking poles, and a built-in rain cover.

Buy them: Amazon, Amazon

3. Yeti Rambler 18-Ounce Bottle; $48

Amazon

Nothing beats ice-cold water after a summer hike or a sip of hot tea during a winter walk. The Yeti Rambler can serve up both: Beverages can stay hot or cold for hours thanks to its insulated construction, and its steel body (in a variety of colors) is basically indestructible. It will add weight to your hiker's pack, though—for a lighter-weight, non-insulated option, the tried-and-true Camelbak Chute water bottle is incredibly sturdy and leakproof.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Mappinners Greatest 100 Hikes of the National Parks Scratch-Off Poster; $30

Amazon

The perfect gift for park baggers in your life (or yourself), this 16-inch-by-20-inch poster features epic hikes like Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park and Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. Once the hike is complete, you can scratch off the gold foil to reveal an illustration of the park.

Buy it: Amazon

5. National Geographic Adventure Edition Road Atlas; $19

Amazon

Hikers can use this brand-new, updated road atlas to plan their next adventure. In addition to comprehensive maps of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico, they'll get National Geographic’s top 100 outdoor destinations, useful details about the most popular national parks, and points on the maps noting off-the-beaten-path places to explore.  

Buy it: Amazon

6. Adventure Medical Kits Hiker First-Aid Kit; $25

Amazon

This handy 67-piece kit is stuffed with all the things you hope your hiker will never need in the wilderness. Not only does it contain supplies for pain, cuts and scrapes, burns, and blisters (every hiker’s nemesis!), the items are organized clearly in the bag to make it easy to find tweezers or an alcohol wipe in an emergency.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Hiker Hunger Ultralight Trekking Poles; $70

Amazon

Trekking poles will help increase your hiker's balance and stability and reduce strain on their lower body by distributing it to their arms and shoulders. This pair is made of carbon fiber, a super-strong and lightweight material. From the sweat-absorbing cork handles to the selection of pole tips for different terrain, these poles answer every need on the trail. 

Buy it: Amazon

8. Leatherman Signal Camping Multitool; $120

Amazon

What can’t this multitool do? This gadget contains 19 hiking-friendly tools in a 4.5-inch package, including pliers, screwdrivers, bottle opener, saw, knife, hammer, wire cutter, and even an emergency whistle.

Buy it: Amazon

9. RAVPower Power Bank; $24

Amazon

Don’t let your hiker get caught off the grid with a dead phone. They can charge RAVPower’s compact power bank before they head out on the trail, and then use it to quickly juice up a phone or tablet when the batteries get low. Its 3-inch-by-5-inch profile won’t take up much room in a pack or purse.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Pack of Four Indestructible Field Books; $14

Amazon

Neither rain, nor snow, nor hail will be a match for these waterproof, tearproof 3.5-inch-by-5.5-inch notebooks. Your hiker can stick one in their pocket along with a regular pen or pencil to record details of their hike or brainstorm their next viral Tweet.

Buy it: Amazon

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Warby Parker Created a Spray to Prevent Your Glasses From Fogging Up When You Wear a Face Mask

They're smiling under the masks (because their glasses aren't foggy).
They're smiling under the masks (because their glasses aren't foggy).
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A face mask won’t keep you from getting enough oxygen, but it might keep you from seeing clearly through your glasses. When you exhale, your warm breath usually dissipates into the air in front of you. When you’re wearing a face mask, on the other hand, it gets funneled through the gaps around your nose and turns into tiny water droplets after colliding with your much colder lenses. In other words, it fogs up your glasses.

To prevent this from happening, Warby Parker has created an anti-fog spray that absorbs those droplets as soon as they form on your lenses, before they can cloud your view. It’s not the only product like it on the market—Amazon alone has dozens—but Warby Parker’s version has the added benefit of cleaning your lenses, too.

The perfect solution.Warby Parker

As Prevention.com reports, the spray is part of the company’s “Clean My Lenses Kit,” which comes with a bottle of anti-fog spray, a microfiber cloth, and a pouch for your glasses (or for storing the other two products in the kit). All you do is spritz both sides of your lenses, wipe them down with the cloth, and venture out for your fog-free day.

The spray works with any type of lens, which makes it a useful innovation even for people who just wear regular sunglasses. It can also come in handy during plenty of other fog-inducing situations, like sipping a hot beverage or cooking over a hot stove.

You can order a kit online for $15, or look for one in your local Warby Parker store. In the meantime, here are a few DIY ways to keep your glasses from getting foggy.

[h/t Prevention.com]

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