Since nature journaling is a broad concept, I recommend setting some goals and a frequency for yourself. I wanted to focus on observation, connecting to a new place, a chance to practice drawing, and mindfulness. I decided to keep a daily journal, but a few times a month is more common. My journal consists of a few components: a record of the species I saw, the weather conditions, the date and time, and something creative. Including my walk, the whole thing takes about an hour, and sometimes I use my trip to the grocery store as my “walk” if I am feeling rushed.
Nature journaling is not an expensive hobby. For example, I only bring my phone to take photos on most days. At home, I use a few pencil crayons, an eraser and a mechanical pencil. I also have a rain gauge and thermometer that I check for my observations. I draw with pencil crayons and a mechanical pencil. Of course, it can be more simple or complex. Watercolour is very popular, and once I finish my current journal, I plan to buy a watercolour sketchbook to have more flexibility.