Please sign in to post.

RS Guidebook Page Binder-Help me make it work!

Those of you Forum members that cut up your guidebooks and use the RS binder, please give me some guidance on how you get it to work. Maybe I have too many pages because the actual binder sleeve won’t fit over the newly created binder/book (approx. 1/2 inch of pages). Give me some pointers please. Do you glean out some of the pages that were cut out of the guidebook and just use those pages for the day you’re touring? I have two rubber bands holding my “new book” together. Really looks dorky.

Posted by
2445 posts

It really doesn't fit too many pages at all. I have 3 separate ones for my upcoming Spain trip. It's easier to "bind" if you just use the black spine thing and not the cardboard cover thing. I throw the pages away as I'm done with those days throughout the trip. Here's what mine is looking like right now.

https://imgur.com/a/TlD6Xys

https://imgur.com/a/YVgWtUl

Posted by
1836 posts

https://store.ricksteves.com/shop/p/guidebook-page-binder

Product description says up to 1/4 inch thick. Maybe someone has a workaround but it seems you need to go with smaller sections or something like binder clips. I’ve also read about forum members who cut the spine and create their own book with the relevant material. They go down to a print shop and spiral bind it.

Posted by
5631 posts

I use something similar and just pull out the section I need for that day.

Posted by
1349 posts

Thanks roubrat and Rocket. Hmm, actually taking the new book to a printer that would spiral bind it, is a good idea. But I also think using only the pages on an “as needed” basis, is smart. The thing is, what if during the day I change my mind on an activity and want guidance on an alternative. Those pages are back at the hotel. I have a lot of information saved digitally and use apps to an extent but I still like having paper to fall back on.

I’ll probably just bind pages I need on a daily basis. Seems the easiest.

Posted by
1349 posts

Laura, that’s what I’ve decided to do. And rely on digital if the situation arises.

Posted by
131 posts

I had the same problem. I was disappointed they weren't more useful. I just clip together my sections (city chapters, appendix, etc) with a binder clip. I also toss mine away as I go.

Posted by
1349 posts

Thanks Anne. I usually like to keep the pages and place them back in the original guidebook in case I need to plan another trip. LOL

Posted by
8582 posts

Last time I looked Office Depot had similar binders in larger sizes. But I too only bring the sections Im going to use, in a plastic bag with binder clips. Toss when done.

Posted by
4419 posts

I have different binders for different cities. For a big city like London, I change out pages each day. I don't keep the pages when I'm through with them, except to identify photos. When I take a trip, I want the most up-to-date guidebook.

Posted by
793 posts

Part of the product description:

Giddy Up: Refresh your binder with a new batch of pages every day during your trip, and go forth with renewed lightness and focus.

So separate relevant sections with binder clips, and switch out as needed. Plus right now they're just $1.00 each.

I wonder when you would run the risk of not having enough pages for a day if plans change. I have the Rome RS guidebook and it's just 3/4" thick - so it would just go in the daypack. The Florence section of the RS Italy guidebook is just over 1/8" thick.

Posted by
7377 posts

Hi Linda, I drastically reduced the quantity of pages for the RS Adriatic tour in June.

Previous to using the RS folder, I would always place three staples vertically down the left margin to create separate city sections for the few pages I needed with me. After I finished that day, I placed it back into a zipper folder, along with any paper museum tickets, etc. and the book pages were returned back to the book when I was at home after the trip.

For the last trip, I used the RS folder to hold the 2-5 pages per city that I wanted. I do like that the folder keeps the thin pages from curling.

Posted by
1852 posts

I take a used project envelope sheet (the plastic slip in kind) and cut it to size of the book h x w. Then as others' have mentioned I throw away pages after I leave the area. I cut out some of the info on sites I visit and past them in my journal before I throw away that section.

Posted by
531 posts

After destroying the guide books by tearing out pages from my previous two RS tours (and regretting it later), now I just download the Kindle version and bookmark what I need.

Posted by
14151 posts

^^Yes, what Jill said. I download the e-book and can access it from my phone or iPad Mini via the Kindle app.