Written by Roxana Oliver
A mocha-filled thermos? Check! A bag of nom-noms for an early morning project? Check! A sturdy laptop? Check! A portable corgi pup? Check! Ok, maybe the last one is a bit over-the-top, but every digital nomad needs their stress-relief. And indeed, so much more than that can be found in a typical remote worker’s bag, for the sake of success, but also maintaining your own sanity.
Practicality comes first, and rule number one of working on the go states that you should bring less in order to achieve more, and by that, we mean carrying only the items that are work-enhancing and simple enough for a constantly moving worker. Let’s sneak a peek into such a bag and see what the world of digital nomads relies on the most!
Workstation gear 101
The key ingredient to any successful roaming endeavor, the one ring to rule them all – your mighty laptop. This is the one thing that you need to splurge on in order to have a durable, reliable, sturdy partner in creativity crimes on the road.
In addition to your laptop and your smartphone, you may need a camera in order to make photos – bloggers and graphic designers often rely heavily on their photography equipment, so it makes sense that your phone cannot always serve as the source for creating imagery. And let’s not forget external memory add-ons, such as flash drives, just in case. They take up little space but serve as tremendous life-savers. One more thing – never forget to backup. If you travel a lot, things get lost, rides get bumpy, computers fall, so it’s super important to do backups regularly.
Extra energy supplies
Many things can go wrong while waiting for your next flight or hunker down in the local café for the duration of a stormy afternoon, and the most common one includes that your gear needs a recharge. Hence no digital nomad can leave their designated home without an extra external battery, a portable charger, and supportive cables that will give you the boost you need. If you are an international babe, don’t forget an international outlet adapter, so you don’t run out of power.
When you’re using energy-demanding software for editing your photos and videos or some serious graphic design work, you need a laptop and batteries that pack a serious punch so that they won’t give out mid-work. These additions to your primary gear will make sure that no matter where you are, you have enough battery life to complete your work in peace. You probably won’t need any additional batteries for the computer if you have a MacBook of any kind; my Air saves me every time with its 12-hour battery life.
Gadgets for productivity
For those among you who move around and interview individuals, it’s good to have a voice recorder on you, because you’d be surprised how often a phone app for the same purpose can let you down. They already have built-in mics, but in case you plan to do your recording in noisy environments, investing in an added microphone is a must.
If you communicate with your clients, friends and family via Skype and have regular calls, high-quality wireless headphones will enable you to stay in touch and maintain your privacy wherever you are. Plus, they serve as a tremendous productivity-booster if music helps you kickstart your creativity and isolate you from the surrounding chaos.
Entertainment and inspiration
The fact that you’re a digital nomad doesn’t mean you’re no longer a mortal with a basic need for fun – hence the corgi. But for practicality, nomads tend to pack stimulating and simple options, such as cards, a Kindle with your personal stash of your favorite reads, or even something larger like your rollerblades if you’re up for some exercise while on the road.
First of all – ask yourself how often you use this particular item when you’re stationed somewhere, if you need and use it daily, how it contributes to your work and health and whether it fits in with the destination you’re going to. That will help you decide what stays back and what goes with.
Small but significant, these items should be on every weary traveler’s list, simply because we all know that sleep, resilience and happiness will impact our productivity. And if anyone knows it, that’s your digital nomad who’s been on every delayed flight possible and changed time zones more than they can count.
So, for the sake of preserving your sanity and keeping your mind sharp, bring an inflatable pillow for long flights and rides, an eye-cover for those who have trouble falling asleep, a pack of your immunity-boosters such as multivitamins, and your basic toiletries. Never underestimate the power of a nap and a decent shower!
About the author
Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Higstylife Magazine.