Being a digital nomad means frequent trips to other countries, constant packing and unpacking, and moving around a lot. Although digital nomads spend only a couple of weeks or a month in one place, packing tons of stuff is probably not the wisest decision. It’s better to bring only the essentials on these travels.
Some freelancers are used to this lifestyle and already have pre-made lists of items and accessories to bring on their journey. This makes things less complicated. Some of the items on the list are necessary for everyday living, while other accessories may come in handy in certain situations. For instance, having a good laptop with a good battery life is a must.
Let’s take a look at some of the essentials that every digital nomad should have while traveling.
Essentials for digital nomads
Cash, Cards, and Passport
You probably know that traveling without these three items is just impossible, but let’s focus on where to store them. Having a portable safe for valuable belongings has become very popular among digital nomads recently, and it’s certainly good to have one while going to new places.
You can also store your valuables in a safe if you are staying in a hotel with reliable security.
Dealing with flight layovers, hotel check-ins, and constant waiting in lines are just some of the things that every traveler has to deal with. Of course, you would do anything to kill some time, so why not read a book or two while waiting.
Bringing a whole library on these little travels is not that convenient, but having an E-book will save a lot of space in your suitcase. The good news is that you can store hundreds of books in one E-book.
It is important to have a comfy pair of sneakers while traveling to new places. Avoid heavy shoes that can give you blisters, and get yourself some comfortable sneakers that will save you from the misery of swollen feet.
Toothbrush and Mouthwash
Digital nomads usually don’t stay in 5-star hotels, and some of the budget-friendly places don’t always include a complimentary toothbrush or toothpaste. If you are staying in the city for the first time, finding a shop where you can purchase these items may be difficult. Therefore, it’s best to bring your own bathroom accessory set.
Also, besides being good for you, mouthwash comes in handy when there is no place to brush your teeth.
Sometimes it is impossible to find the medication you are looking for in some countries. There is also a chance that you will be asked for a prescription at the local drugstore. To avoid these complications, it is best to carry all of the pills you might need with you.
A Good Phone
People who travel and work at the same time simply need to have a good phone. Sometimes you won’t have access to your laptop, or it will be inconvenient to use one in certain situations, so why not conduct your business over a phone.
You can use Google maps for locations, check out Foursquare for restaurant/bar recommendations, and store some of your documents on the phone. It is also a lot easier to take pictures with a phone than to drag a giant Nixon camera with you.