Digital nomads are on the rise, and there’s no better time to be a digital nomad than right now. With so many tools at our disposal, it’s easier than ever to work from anywhere in the world. But before you pack your bags and head off into the sunset as a fully-fledged digital nomad, there are a few things that you need to consider first. Read below for my full list of items that every digital nomad should have when travelling across the globe:
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Travel insurance, nomad life, and working remotely are the most important things to consider when you’re planning a trip. It can save you from having to pay for medical bills, or even give you compensation if something happens on your trip.
Travel insurance comes in different forms, so it’s important to do some research before buying it. The most basic travel insurance policy will cover emergency medical treatment while travelling abroad, but it won’t cover non-emergency medical expenses like doctor visits or dental work unless they are connected with an accident that happened while travelling overseas. Some policies also include coverage for lost luggage and other valuables as well as cancellation fees (in case something goes wrong with your plans).
The first thing you need to do is choose a laptop that you can take with you on the go. While this may seem like an obvious choice, not all laptops are created equal when it comes to portability. For example, some laptops have smaller screens and won’t fit into your backpack as easily as others.
If you decide to take your laptop with you everywhere, it needs enough storage space and RAM so that running multiple programs or downloading files won’t slow down its performance. It also needs to be lightweight and ergonomically designed so that carrying around in a backpack isn’t uncomfortable or painful (or both).
A Sturdy Backpack
When choosing a backpack, you’ll want to make sure it has several key features. A sturdy backpack with a waist strap is essential for added stability and comfort. If you’re planning on doing any strenuous activities while travelling (such as hiking or biking), consider getting a backpack that has both a chest strap and sternum strap as well. Finally, if you’re going to be spending any time in wet climates, consider picking up a rain cover for your backpack so that your belongings are protected from the elements.
A Mobile Hotspot
A mobile hotspot is a device that allows you to use your smartphone’s data plan to connect multiple devices to the internet at once. For example, if you buy a 4G/LTE-enabled smartphone, then you’ll have access to fast Internet speeds up to 150Mbps. You can also purchase an additional SIM card from some countries’ carriers that will allow you to use their local network and avoid roaming charges on your existing plan when travelling abroad.
Plenty of Device Chargers
When you’re travelling the world, your phone is one of your most important devices. It acts as a camera, a navigator and sometimes even as a translator. To make sure you don’t run out of power while travelling, bring along extra chargers and cables with you on every trip.
- Be sure to pack at least two USB-C or Micro USB cables for charging all your devices (phones, laptops, cameras).
- If possible, carry an external battery pack that can charge multiple devices at once. This is especially useful if there isn’t an electrical outlet around.
- If you have access to electricity in hostels or hotels but are not able to find any outlets nearby; use adapters like this one from Anker so that you can plug into lamps or tables without needing an adapter first.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
Noise-cancelling headphones can be one of the most useful items you pack. They are an absolute must-have for any digital nomad looking to drown out the sounds of the city and sleep on their flight.
A Strong VPN
It’s also important for digital nomads to use a solid VPN because sometimes free WiFi hotspots can be unreliable or just not available at all in foreign countries where there isn’t much tourism going on. So when travelling abroad, you should always have access to reliable internet through your own private connection.
Storage for all your devices
This is a big one. You’re going to be taking all of your work with you on the road, so it’s important that your gadgets and devices are well protected. Consider investing in a quality backpack, which will allow you to carry everything from laptops and cameras to mobile phones and tablets securely.
If space allows, consider bringing along an external hard drive or two—they’re great for backing up files while travelling as well as providing extra storage options if needed (and they’re relatively cheap).
As far as protecting your devices goes: make sure that all of your important information is stored somewhere safe like Google Drive or Dropbox (or even better yet: encrypt). If something were ever stolen from you during your travels, you would be able to lock out anyone who tried using your device without permission with a password-protected account login system.
This is just a short list of the things that digital nomads may need to pack when travelling the world. Remember, it’s always better to have something and not need it than need something and not have it.
About the Author
Emily Lamp is a professional writer, working closely with many aspiring thinkers and entrepreneurs from various companies. She is also interested in lifestyle travel, business growth and self-improvement.