What up dudes and dudettes! I’m here with another awesome guest post from Scott Moses over at LiveOnceLiveWild.com and he’s here to talk about hot to pack like a true digital nomad. Packing is always a popular topic in this community… Suitcases, backpacks, carry-on… And everyone has their own preference.
Scott is a remote worker who helps manage a portfolio of websites that makes manages well over 6 figures a month for a venture backed company.
Currently he is taking advantage of this opportunity to broaden his skillset and invent marketing strategies that average underfunded marketer can only dream about. According to Scott, without a shadow of a doubt, their is no better way to accelerate your online marketing chops then getting a remote job. Might not sound sexy, but the skills (and freedom) that come out the other end sure as sh*t are 😉
As a fun side note, He has been traveling the world since 2010, most notable he lived in China & Taiwan for around 4 years, learning the language and traveling around most of Asia. After putting his language chops to work in NYC, he discovered office life wasn’t from him. As a proper nerd, he beefed his his tech chops and got recruited. Now he bounces back and forth between Mexico City <–> Brooklyn and hasn’t looked back.
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Over to Scott…
One of the greatest things about our high tech, globally connected society is that you can travel pretty much anywhere in the world and still have the luxury of being a few clicks away from your everyday life. Whether you head to the depths of the Amazon Rainforest, the heights of the Himalayan Mountains, or anywhere in between, with the right equipment and gear, you can be playing with monkeys in the morning during a trek through the jungle and catching up on some work related emails that evening at your hostel.
Below we look at two different types of digital nomad travellers and offer some suggestions on some top gear that every digital nomad needs to pack along.
The Hyper-Lite Digital Nomad
Nobody enjoys packing along a super heavy bag that won´t fit into the overhead compartment of an airplane let alone those super small boxes above hour head on the chicken busses that take you from one place to the next. But hyper-lite digital nomads take the idea of minimalist travel to a new extreme.
These types of digital nomads don´t need much more than an extra pair of clothes, a small laptop, and a bottle of water. Forget those massive 100 litre backpacking bags; these types of travellers are often content to take along their old school backpack and nothing more. The hyper-lite digital nomad packs light for good reasons. Firstly, he or she is usually on the move quite often. Their idea of quality travel is to see as much as possible during the allotted time. They most likely don´t spend much time in any one place, but rather enjoy changing beds every night and enjoying the sunrise from a new vantage point each day.
Regarding their electronic gear, hyper-lite digital nomads don´t need anything more than a good Wi-Fi connection. A small laptop or tablet-laptop hybrid along with their phone is more than enough for them to get whatever they need to get done while on the travel path. They might be freelance writers, internet marketers, or anything else that doesn’t require large, heavy, expensive, and easily breakable electronic gear.
One piece of gear that a hyper-lite digital nomad should always carry with them is few extra external storage devices such as flash drives or SD cards. Lighter equipment is always easier to carry around, but it usually means that you´re sacrificing a little bit of space. If your mini laptop only has 16 GB of space, you´ll want to have some way to increase memory for pictures, videos, and other work and travel related stuff.
The Hunker Down Digital Nomad
The hunker-down digital nomad differs from the hyper-lite in that he or she usually spends much more time in one place. Instead of jumping from hostel to hostel as they make their way through Central America, Southeast Asia, or Western Europe, the hunker-down digital nomad usually picks a specific region that they´d like to get to know better and begins the search for inexpensive monthly rental options.
While these types of digital nomads do still move around, the actual time they spend on planes, trains, and busses is much less than the hyper-lites. Because of this, they usually don´t mind spending a little bit more in order to travel more comfortably. Instead of choosing the cheap, chicken bus to get from point A to point B, the hunker-down types will most likely splurge on a private shuttle bus so that they can get their gear from one place to the next without the risk of having it get beaten up by the challenges of travel.
As far as gear goes, the hunker-down types usually bring along more digital equipment for their work. They might be photographers that need several types of lenses and a quality computer for editing, or other types of professionals who rely on more than just a cell phone and a cheap laptop to get their work done. These types of nomads usually pack along several protective casings for their gear to make sure that they can get their equipment to wherever they´re heading safely.
A Few Essentials
Both hyper-lite and hunker-down digital nomads usually invest in a few pieces of travel gear that will make their lives easier. First and foremost, a quality travel backpack is essential for anyone who wants to avoid those ridiculously inefficient suitcases with wheels that were simply meant to be broken. There are all types of travel backpacks and many types are designed especially for the traveler who brings along several types of fragile electronics. You can read a great review of the best travel backpacks on the market at Liveoncelivewild.com.
Another packing item that every digital nomad should bring along is a pair of quality sound-reducing headphones. Whether you´re trying to cram in an urgent Skype call while on a busy train or simply listening to music as you finish up a piece of work, these headphones will allow you to concentrate while not getting annoyed looks from the people around you.
Lastly, every digital nomad should bring along an extra battery for their most important piece of electronic gear. Electricity connections around the world are not nearly as stable and reliable as in the industrialized countries. A couple of unexpected energy surges could fry your laptop or computer battery if you leave it plugged in overnight. An extra battery will be deeply appreciated for folks who hate having to find an outlet every time they want to turn on their device.
The Freedom of Travelling as a Digital Nomad
Our globalized world is more connected every day. For both the hyper-lite and hunker-down digital nomad, this reality allows us to enjoy the freedom of travel while still staying connected to our work responsibilities. With a few pieces of essential gear, you can stay connected and protected wherever your travels take you.