18 Things You Need on Your Digital Nomad Packing List
It can be hard to figure out what to pack before you become a slow traveler. Here’s what should be on your digital nomad packing list.
For as laidback as the digital nomad lifestyle is, becoming a nomad requires a lot of thought upfront. You have to get your work business in order, figure out where you’ll travel to first, and finally, sort out what you’re going to pack.
Creating your digital nomad packing list can be surprisingly tricky. Pack too heavy and you’ll be stuck with extra baggage fees when you travel, not to mention having to haul a load of stuff around everywhere you go. Pack too light, and you could end up spending more than you planned to get the things you need on the go.
Of course, everyone has different preferences and things they feel they can’t live without. But these are definitely necessities you won’t want to forget:
You’re not getting far without this one…Definitely check the expiration date and make sure you have more than 6 months left on it, most countries require it.
Your Must-go Electronics:
Working nomads definitely need a:
- Universal travel adapter
- Extra USB drives and cables
- Power bank
- External hard drive
A wheeled carry-on or suitcase
Preferably one that fits carry-on requirements so that you avoid paying baggage fees. I personally love my convertible luggage. I can go from wheeling it down the airport to converting it to a backpack and climb up a treehouse.
A solid backpack
Day trips and weekend excursions happen between major trips, and you’ll want a bag you can stuff a few essentials into for those forays.
An e-reader or tablet
Books take up valuable space and, once you’ve read one, you really don’t want to haul it around with you. Packing an e-reader allows you to have new books all the time without messing with your storage.
A bathing suit
You never know when you may encounter a heated outdoor pool or a jacuzzi…just saying!
7 pairs of underwear
It’s essential to have a piece of underwear for every day of the week. You can wear a t-shirt twice but definitely not underwear.
5 pairs of socks
You can mix them between tall socks and short socks depending on the weather.
2 pairs of shorts
Go for something monochromatic, so you can wear them with everything.
3 pairs of pants
Include something lightweight, something super warm, and jeans in the mix, also in basic colors.
While you can recycle pants and shorts with no problem, T-shirts can be a little trickier. You’ll at least want to have enough to get you through a workweek, a mix of collar shirts and t-shirts are the way to go.
1 set of working out clothes
We all love to take a yoga class or go for a quick run when we start or finish our day. Just throw in a pair of yoga pants or shorts and a working out tank top of t-shirt and you will be ready to go!
A good pair of sandals
Something sturdy is ideal. You’ve got places to go, after all.
A solid pair of walking sneakers
Look for something that’s durable and monochromatic. Comfort is also key, since you’ll be wearing these a lot.
Take a pass on wire frames (they can break too easily when you travel) and opt for something made of a durable plastic or even rubber.
A long-sleeved hoodie
No matter where you travel, it will at least get a little cool at some point.
A smartphone (unblocked)
The brand doesn’t really matter, but you’ll want to find one that takes great pictures. Also an unblocked phone is key since you will need to change your SIM card. International plans are very pricey and getting a new SIM card at your arrival destination will definitely be a better option.
You can pick up some stuff on the go, but you’ll want to make sure you pack a toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, deodorant, comb, nail clippers, and a versatile soap/shampoo like castile soap upfront.
A light rain jacket
Sometimes better than an umbrella and can also come in handy for some outdoor activities.
A fast-drying towel
Some coliving spaces will provide things like towels and bed linens, but others won’t. You can at least make sure you can grab a shower with a fast-drying, super absorbent towel like Matador’s NanoDry. It works incredibly well, and folds up into a tiny, easy-to-pack square.
A reusable water bottle
You can grab your go-to brand, or you can look for something that compresses down when it’s not in use.
I personally love packing cubes, They keep all my clothes organized and they are very easy to pack in your carry on or suitcase. I particularly love the brand Eagle Creek. I got mine since 2008 and they still look brand new.
The odds are high that you’ll want to pick up more stuff as you go. But, with these essentials stowed in your suitcase, you’re at least off to a good start.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dave Williams is the CEO and Co-founder of NOMADX with his base in Lisbon, Portugal. Dave is a US pioneer in the digital marketing, advertising, and ad tech industries as a serial digital entrepreneur over the past 20+ years with multiple exits in the early formative stages of the search engine marketing, social media, and ad tech industries.