Forget Field Notes and Moleskines -- commodity Reporter's Notebooks are the best value for taking notes on places. When you buy them by the dozen, they cost just $1.75 each.
And they fit very neatly into a jacket pocket, or a backpack.
And you can flip those pages fast, end-over-end, so they don't slow you down.
A Reporter's Notebook
They are difficult to find in real-world stores, but Amazon carries them in bulk.
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