Recently I was getting ready to leave for work and struck by the desire to write a letter, I put together what I call a 'travel' letter writing kit. A little, 'pocket' (if you are flexible on your definition of pocket!) sized must-have essentials set for the letter writer on the go.
In my 'go bag' for letter writing I have: stamps, a modest selection of postcards and greeting cards, washi tape, and stickers. With just a pen, a postbox, and this kit I am able to grab a half hour in a coffee shop to write a letter.
So, inspired by this I decided to take ask for fellow snail mailers to share their 'portable post' sets. And boy, did this wonderful thread grow legs! Thanks to all who shared -- I've tried to include all I could keep track of as they were flying in on the bird app.
Liz shared her positively purple post must-haves with the note: "This is my letter writing kit. I’d show you my sticker collection too but it’s a bit excessive and not entirely portable!".
Alexandra wrote "Here is my letter writing kit. I have recently found that the A5 writing pad with smooth paper like that from @ClairefontaineT is so nice so good to carry around with me. #writemoreletter, my address book says." to accompany her stylish snail mail flat lay.
Dinah, of The Handwritten Letter Appreciation Society, shared: "Feeling inspired! Would love to say I was organised enough to have thought this through but generally it’s a mad dash around the living room grabbing letters and stationery that’s to hand as we head out the door! Was pleasantly surprised I actually had stamps in my wallet! "
Kay wrote in with her photograph: "I have my writing case which goes on holiday with me. Purchased with a Boots gift token in the 1980s!" Being sure to add "Please mention the fountain pen too which I like to use for real letters (unless on the go and then it biro and whatever stationery/flier/receipt is around!"
V shared a sparkly and spectacular explosion of penpalooza, noting "I just happened to replenish mine last night! It's kept in a plastic wallet to protect from rain. Three regular stamps are good for international mail! #sendmoresnailmail#writemoreletters#penpalooza"
Mia made us all a bit jealous with the view, writing: "Not a full writing kit, as sometimes I'm not likely to have much time to write if I'm out on a walk. A few fountain pens (I have a penwrap now for them), an A5 pad, in a zipped thing that I bought from a charity shop, which originally came from WHS with quality bond paper in."
Rachel opened her office drawer with this Tweet, sharing: "Here’s the stash I keep at work, including stamped envelopes for birthday cards and a couple of postcards. This is my travel stash of washi tape. We won’t talk about the number of rolls I have at home."
Hol wrote from a visit to Manhattan from Massachusetts's: "Funny that you ask, as I am currently in Manhattan, writing postcards from the little kit I keep in my handbag!"
Flo upped the ante with their submission: "I usually take a pack of things on holiday to add to cards, to make new cards from: tiny glue, paper/washi tape (wound round an old credit card type library card), card, a few pens, maybe mini watercolour & if in UK some stamps, so they are pretty."
Jen in Australia shared: "Just woke up here in Australia to a tweet fest! Here’s my on-the-go letter-writing kit though it’s way too big for my handbag. In fact, it becomes my handbag! Handmade tweed pouch is from the Isle of Lewis. "
So there you have it folks! Whether it's premediated or completely accidental, put together your own letter writing kit for the road and get those letters out there!
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