As a beginner, when you decide to enter the wonderful world of bullet journaling, it’s all very exciting! 

You’re eager to start being productive and create beautiful spreads, but where do you start?

Whether you envision having a minimalist journal or one filled with elaborate designs, you must first buy all the essential tools you need to begin.

I remember how overwhelming it was for me when I was a newbie, scrolling endlessly online looking for the best supplies and not knowing which ones to choose.

Below I’ll be sharing my top bullet journal supplies in hope to help beginners kickstart their BuJo journey, without the hassle so you can start experimenting with different bullet journal fonts and layouts in no time. 

10 Essential Supplies for Bullet Journal

I’m sure you already know, there’s no bullet journal without the journal notebook!

As it’s such an essential tool that’ll you’ll be using on a regular basis, it’s really important that you buy one you truly love.
There’s a notebook out there that’s perfect for your individual style, check out the Top Bullet Journal Notebooks 
This Leuchtturm1917 bullet journal notebook is my personal favourite because the pages such good quality with minimal bleeding, plus I love the smart-style hardcover.

Almost all bullet journalers have their own special black ink pen. 

writing utensil is key when it comes to creating layouts and basic spreads.

Finding a pen that feels comfortable in your hand, is easy to use and you like the look of will make bullet journaling more enjoyable for you.

I really like this PILOT G2 Black Ink Pen because it glides smoothly across any page leaving clean, bold lines.

If you like to doodle, purchasing a good set of artist fine liner pens will benefit you massively.

As a journaler who loves to illustrate, I particularly appreciate The Faber Castell set of 8 assorted pens.

It’s ideal for budding bullet journalists with a passion for drawing as it offers a variety of fine pens, brush pens and a thick bullet tip pen.

Using highlighters in your bullet journal can help with both organisation and aesthetic!

If you need to remember important dates, notes or tasks – use a highlighter.

Want to add color and fun to your bullet journal spreads?Use a highlight!

I use these Mildliner markers from Zebra for all my indexing and the soft, pastel shades make my contents page look mega cute!

You can’t go wrong with high quality artist pens, ideal for bullet journal lettering, sketching, shading and fine details.

If you’re like me and love to create adorable doodles for your bullet journal spreads, these Dual Brush pens are perfect!

The impressive dual tip design provides a fine tip for detailed outlining and brush pen for shading, coloring and blending.

Straight, clean lines are a common feature in bullet journals.

You see them everywhere from habit trackers & cover pages to weekly & monthly spreads.

Unfortunately, not many of us have the natural gift to draw straight lines without the help of a ruler, which is why you need one.

Using a clear ruler is great because it allows you to see the dotted grid on the page which prevents you from making mistakes. 


Washi-tape can transform a dull bullet journal spread to something only dreams are made of.

The best thing about washi-tape is the variety!

There are so many unique colors and patterns available for you to choose from.

You won’t have any trouble finding 
washi-tape that suits your style.

Once you have all your essential supplies, you’re going to need somewhere to store them.

 Preferably in something you like the look of too!

This way you can journal on the go, whether it be on your way to school, work or on vacation.

A beautiful pencil case is needed.


The Easthill storage bag is my absolute favourite because it offers multiple compartments and looks super adorable as well.

Stickers and stamps are a quick and easy way to embellish your bullet journals.

It can save you a lot of time if you’re not up for doodling, but want to add fun doodles or decoration to your spreads.

Not only are they great for customizing your journal but also for organisation. For example, using them as labels for your index.

I use these gorgeous Planner Stickers all the time as headers and they help create a structure in my layouts.

I couldn’t start my bullet journal without this ebook.

It guided me step by step to set up the whole process.

It is not only an ebook, but you will also get cool printable, doodle guides. 

That’s my recommended bullet journal supplies in 2020.

Even if you do not purchase any items from my favourites list, I hope you have a better idea of what you can look for in order to get started!

Remember, bullet journaling is all about self-development.

So do not worry if you don’t have all the supplies ready, just get started with a notebook & pen and the rest can follow later!