As a travel blogger and full-time traveller, I'm pretty used to squeezing my entire life into one suitcase. That means I have a very minimalist gear setup, without sacrificing the things that make digital nomad life easier and more efficient.
From tech to travel must-haves, here are all my nomadic essentials. They're the things that are totally worth the space they take up, and I wouldn't travel without. Whether you're a digital nomad, travelling long-term or just looking to downsize your travel gear, I hope this helps you prioritise.
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Minimalist Travel Gear
How to make one bag living as easy as can be.
After much trial and error, I've found a medium hard-shell, 4-wheeled suitcase to be the best option for travelling full-time. It's big enough for essentials but small enough to fit the 20kg weight limit.
Multi-Tasking Hand Luggage
Even if I didn't have a load of camera gear to pack into it, I'd still choose a backpack for hand luggage. It leaves your hands free, keeps everything compact and doubles up as a day bag, too.
Your passport is the one thing you definitely don't want to lose on your travels, so keep it safe! A passport cover is a cheap way to do it - and it makes it look pretty, too.
Digital Nomad Equipment: Tech & Work
Little essentials that make a big difference to my productivity on the road.
Noise-cancelling headphones are the kind of product you didn't know you needed until you have them. Now, flights, coworking spaces and wherever else I need to work wouldn't be the same.
My Sony headphones are super comfy, have three noise-cancelling options and fold up small.
External hard drives are heavy, but they're pretty much essential if you want to store images, videos or just back-up your client work on the go. An SSD is more expensive, but totally worth the extra pennies.
This SanDisk SSD is lightweight, lightning fast and won't break at the first sign of water or weight.
When you make your income online, you can't take any risks when it comes to power. I always carry at least one Anker power bank with me so I never have to worry about running out of juice.
I've tried too many brands to count, and Anker is the only one I fully trust to keep my cameras, phone and other electronics charged.
Travel Camera Gear
Essentials gear for capturing travel memories and moments.
The most portable tripod in the world, the GorillaPod is super versatile and useful for capturing travel photos without lugging a big tripod around. This one can even hold small DSLRs.
The ultimate palm-sized camera for capturing everything your usual camera can't. The Hero is waterproof and shoots Full HD at 60fps, making it great for water sports, mountain biking and other adventurous activities.
Carbon Fibre Tripod
If you're serious about photography, you'll need a decent tripod. 3 Legged Thing's Billy tripod is made of carbon fibre, holds up to 18kg and folds up small enough to fit in my medium-sized suitcase.
Apps & Services
Online essentials that every digital nomad needs to know about.
I can't believe I didn't sign up for Amazon Prime sooner! For just £59 per year, I have TV shows, movies and music that I can access anywhere. Best of all, I have unlimited photo storage for keeping my travel snaps safe.
Without doubt the best sim card for travel, Three's sim-only plans work in 71 total destinations worldwide. My 1-month rolling contract with 8GB of worldwide data costs me just £13 per month!
It's surprisingly hard to find travel insurance that covers you for long-term adventures or even just everyday adventures. World Nomads is a little pricier than others, but it's totally worth it for complete peace of mind.
Nomad Clothing Essentials
Flip Flops by Havaianas
I used to HATE flip flops because they were so freaking hard to walk in. Then I discovered Havaianas and that totally changed. They're light, take up very little space, and always come in handy!
One thing that's always worth splurging on is sunglasses. When you only carry one pair, don't cheap out. Good sunglasses will protect you against the sun, no matter which country you're seeing it from.
Shoes are HEAVY! If you only pack one pair of shoes, make it a pair of running shoes. Not just for running, they work for walking, hiking, working out and day-to-day wear. I always choose Nike.
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