It feels liberating flying with only one cabin size backpack as you travel around the world. Walking past the baggage reclaim area, with a smug face, knowing you do not have the stress of waiting to see if the airline has lost your luggage.
It blows my mind that so many digital nomads travel with everything but the kitchen sink. This lifestyle is all about being a minimalist and carrying only the items that allow you to work remotely, and enjoy life.
These items are a must-have in any Digital Nomad gear packing list.
Huawei 4G MiFi
As a remote worker, it’s important to have reliable internet access so work can be completed. If you’re freelancing and working on a time-sensitive project, the last thing you want to happen is for the internet to go down.
The Huawei 4G MiFi helps avoid the stress of not completing work on time for clients. It’s unlocked so you can purchase local sim cards and avoid paying roaming fees from your network back home.
You can use it as a backup, or to keep you connected to the internet when you’re working in coffee houses.
It’s lightweight, easy to set up, and the battery charges quickly. This MiFi has been my internet backup for five years and never let me down.
Seagate slim hard drive
The Seagate Slim 2TB hard drive is slim, lightweight but can take a battering in a backpack. An external hard drive is a must-have as a remote worker. Imagine working for days on a client project, to lose the files.
Backup your website, and important work files, videos and photos from your travels on this reliable hard drive. Bear in mind, it is also important to backup all files to a service like Dropbox or Google Drive.
Bose Quiet Comfort headphones
From everything in my digital nomad packing list, these Bose Quiet Comfort headphones are one of the most important items. Increase the chance of sleeping on long-haul flights, because the headphones are noise cancelling and block out the sound of the engine.
While working in coffee shops drown out the background noise so you can focus on work. Not the cheapest headphones, but worth every penny.
Go Pro Hero 9
As a freelancer or entrepreneur, you will have to create content for your website and social media to promote your services or products. The GoPro series of cameras are great for taking photos and videos on the move due to being compact.
One of the biggest advantages of the GoPro Hero9 is the improved stabilisation and 4K video quality. It’s easy to carry if you don’t want to carry a heavy camera and lens.
Osprey is the best brand for backpacks. Why? My last backpack (Osprey Porter 46L) lasted for 5 years of full-time travel. It was battered around on boats, coaches and flights while travelling around the world.
My recent purchase is the Osprey Farpoint 40L backpack and like the Porter, it has lots of compartments to store your digital nomad gear. Both of these backpacks are well made and have compression straps to reduce the size of the bag for flying.
Zoom H2N recorder
The Zoom H2N is a very good quality microphone and small enough to travel with. Not an item on everyone’s digital nomad gear packing list, but if you are planning to start a podcast or record external audio for videos, it’s perfect.
One of a few portable recording devices to come with five built-in microphones and four different recording modes: X/Y, Mid-Side, 2-channel surround and 4-channel surround. Other advanced features include compression, limiting and low cut filtering.
The must-have item in any digital nomad gear packing list is a laptop. Of course, you do not need to spend all of your hard-earned money on an expensive Macbook Pro. It’s important to think about the type of work you do and if the laptop can cope with the processing power you need.
When researching, select a sturdy laptop, but light enough to carry in your cabin luggage. Your backpack or suitcase is going to get battered around as you travel from one place to the next.
You’re probably reading this thinking, this guy is an Apple fanboy, and you would be correct. The iPad mini is a great size to fit nicely in the sleeve of your backpack. Let’s be honest though, any tablet will do.
If you’re travelling on a budget then it’s likely you will spend a lot of time flying on low-cost airlines. Most do not have in-flight entertainment, or, if they do, they charge for you to rent a tablet.
Before flying, download your favourite podcasts, audiobooks and movies. There’s nothing worse than sitting staring out of the window, or, at the seat in front of you, on an 11-hour flight.
For days out exploring, or, visiting a local coffee shop to work, the Osprey Daylite is a great add-on to your main backpack. It slides nicely into the back sleeve on most Osprey backpacks and is lightweight.
There’s a section in the daypack that keeps your laptop secure and has plenty of pockets to store your must-needed digital nomad gear. If you’re lucky enough to fly with an airline that allows you to travel with two pieces of cabin luggage, then you can use the Osprey daypack.
Other digital nomad gear
Aside from the items above, the rest of my digital nomad gear is a week’s supply of clothing, medication, contact lenses, Manfrotto tripod and a ridiculous amount of chargers and cables.
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