When making a list of writing essentials for your writer’s retreat, include these 6 supply items. A writer’s retreat will help improve your writing skills and hone your writing focus.

Going on a writer's retreat with these writing essentials will help you reign in your writing focus and writing skills.
Going on a writer’s retreat with these writing essentials will help you reign in your writing focus and writing skills.
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#1 Writer’s Retreat Writing Essentials: Reading Material

This supply list item for your writer’s retreat might come as a bit of a surprise. However, having good reading material on-hand will help in a variety of ways. First, this gives you something stimulating to do in your downtime, especially if it’s raining.

Second, a book or magazine can help you combat writer’s block if it rears its ugly head during your writer’s retreat. Taking a break to read can help improve your writing focus when you get back to working on your writing project. It’s also true that you become a better writer the more that you read.

So, read and write to improve your writing skills on your writer’s retreat. This writing essential cannot be left behind.

#2 Writer’s Retreat Writing Essentials: A Plan and Writing Goal

Don't forget to have a plan for your writer's retreat. This writing essential will help you maintain your writing focus.
Don’t forget to have a plan for your writer’s retreat. This writing essential will help you maintain your writing focus.
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Don’t let this writing essential for your writer’s retreat scare you off. Your plan need not be super detailed or strict. The same goes for your writing goals. However, having some plan for how to tackle your writer’s retreat can help ensure that you make the most of your time.

You can’t just sit around hoping inspiration or brilliant ideas will strike. Ditto goes for your writing goals. You can make them as specific or vague as you want. Just make sure your writing goals are realistic and attainable given the time frame of your writer’s retreat. Having goals to meet will ensure you keep your writing focus high.

Having a plan and writing goals to achieve while on your writer’s retreat can also help measure the effectiveness of your retreat. This can then help you determine whether you’d like to take another retreat, and how to set it up.

#3 Writer’s Retreat Writing Essentials: Laptop and Charger

While this might seem obvious, many writer’s make the mistake of thinking their upcoming writer’s retreat has to be technology free. This isn’t the case. Going tech free on your writer’s retreat could impede improving your writing skills and tackling your many writing goals.

If you’re worried about losing writing focus because of all the distractions that your device has to offer, set aside time specifically for Internet or social media surfing. Plus, your writing goals should act as motivator to not waste time using your device for non-writing purposes.

A laptop is definitely a supply item that you will want to have by your side during your writer’s retreat. This will allow a writer to unwind at the end of the night with their favorite Netflix show or Hulu documentary. You can also use these supply items to keep in contact with friends or family if you’re on lengthier writer’s retreat.

#4 Writer’s Retreat Writing Essentials: Coffee Maker

Pack a coffee maker for your writer's retreat. This writing essential will keep you awake and your writing focused.
Pack a coffee maker for your writer’s retreat. This writing essential will keep you awake and your writing focused.
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Writers are known for loving and sometimes living off coffee. So, it’s no surprise that this is a necessary supply item for your writer’s retreat. Having a coffee maker on hand will help give your writer’s retreat a sense of routine and a homey feel. Be sure to bring along all your unique ingredients to a perfect cup of coffee.

Bring a coffee maker with you on your writer’s retreat also provides you with a steady stream of caffeine to maintain your writing focus. This can be especially helpful during the first few days of your retreat when you’re adjusting to your new surroundings and running on low sleep. Just be careful not to overdo it on coffee. Try your best to stick to the same amount you would normally drink at work or home.

#5 Writer’s Retreat Writing Essentials: Reference Books and Material

Dragging all of your reference books and material along with you on your writer’s retreat may seem like overkill. But, trust me, you never know when you might need them to help with your writing project. Your entire writer’s retreat could be sidetracked or derailed without these supply items.

Reference material that you’ll want to pack along for your writer’s retreat will include any notes, computer printouts, rough drafts, or writing outlines that you may have been working on prior to your retreat. These supply items will help you pick back up with where your writing focus left off the minute you arrive at your writer’s retreat destination.

You may also want to pack a small dictionary, thesaurus, and grammar book. These stylistic writing essentials will aid you in improving your writing skills and producing a top quality piece of work. Just because you’re on vacation from the “real world” doesn’t mean you can slack off on grammar, word choice, or punctuation.

#6 Writer’s Retreat Writing Essentials: Pen and Paper

Have paper and a pen with you on your writer's retreat so you can write by hand. This writing essential can help with improving your writing skills.
Have paper and a pen with you on your writer’s retreat so you can write by hand. This writing essential can help with improving your writing skills.
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Last, but not least, you need to bring good ‘ole fashioned pen and paper with you on your writer’s retreat. While these supply items may seem unnecessary, you never know when writing inspiration or fresh ideas will strike. Having these writing essentials with you means you’ll never have an excuse to not write, even if you lack writing focus or without power.

Plus, the actual act of putting pen to paper can help you write longer and better content. Having a pen and paper with you on your writer’s retreat is a nifty way to sneak in small or large amounts of writing when you’re out exploring nature. In addition, it gives you a break from being chained to your laptop all day or all night long.

Switching from using an electronic device for writing to pen and paper may become necessary at a certain point during your writer’s retreat. For example, if you find yourself not maintaining your writing focus on your laptop or tablet. So, you don’t want to forget or leave these writing essentials off your packing list.


Use this writing essentials guide to plan and pack for your next writer’s retreat. These supply items will help you maintain writing focus and improve your writing skills during your retreat.