Setting out to explore the world and work remotely as a digital nomad is exciting, nerve-wracking, and a little overwhelming. When preparing to set off, give some thought to packing smartly, ensuring you have the tools to work and travel at your best. In addition to your laptops, cameras, and luggage, make sure you have solid travel insurance that will cover your travels, your possessions, and any adventure sports or activities you may be participating in, vital for peace of mind.
Whether you’re planning to work and travel for a month, a year, or indefinitely, less is more when in comes to packing.
“What to pack? Universally, pack less than you think you need. Electronics, like the ones that may have obsolete integrated circuits inside them, are typically easier, and depending on the location, cheaper to source in the U.S. but everything else, including clothes and small home good items are typically cheaper in most parts of the world (outside of Western Europe)”, says Kristin Amico of How to Travel the Globe.
While your clothing will massively depend on your location and climate, look for breathable cotton fabrics that can easily be washed on the go, if need be. The concept of a capsule wardrobe may have captured the attention of the fashion world, but the same principles also apply to long term travelers. Invest in quality essentials that will stand the test of time, and look for solid and neutral colors so that it’s easy to mix and match.
Staying connected to the world is essential for nomads, making a high quality laptop, smart phone, portable wifi, and portable chargers (Belkin or Cygnett make great power banks for smartphones) necessities when getting started. An external hard drive may help also, if you’re not using cloud-based storage for photos and documents.
“My 12-inch MacBook has been an invaluable piece of technology. At 2.03 lbs / 0.92 kg, it’s super lightweight and fits easily into any of my daypacks, allowing me to work from virtually anywhere and carry it with me at all times — even when budget airlines have strict weight limits for carry-on bags” advises writer Kaeli Conforti.
When it comes to electronics, it’s important to make sure your valuable pieces of tech are protected. Durable cases for smartphones guard against accidental drops or damage, as dealing with a cracked phone screen in a remote part of the world is the last thing you want to worry about. Otterbox makes durable cases to protect against damage and are water-resistant, perfect for long-term travel and adventure activities.
Subtech offers a waterproof laptop drycase which is perfect for protecting your computer and its slim design means it leaves plenty of room in your bag for everything else.
Backpacks and luggage
Maintain the safety of valuables on the go is another consideration when traveling. Pacsafe is an award winning brand offering luggage, backpacks, passport holders, and day packs with a wide range of secure features, including cable locks and cut-resistant fabric.
It’s also worth while to consider a high quality luggage lock, especially useful in hostels and shared accommodation. A passport case is also helpful to stop damage or wear and tear.
By packing more efficiently, you will have more time to focus on where it matters regarding matters of travel and work. Do it right and it’s one more thing to tick off your list.