This page showcases some of the most useful products I use as part of the Digital Nomad lifestyle. They help with work, packing, handling travel and communicating and represent the core items I wouldn’t travel without.
This is not an exhaustive list – I do of course take clothes and other odds and ends too..!
…but I feel the list is a bit too involved for most readers..and isn’t of value to a wider audience.
This page simply gives you a brief rundown of the essentials plus a few handy additions – but also provides a central location to access more information on my packing habits – as I document them – if you should indeed want more insight.
This is the very bag that I set off on my Digital Nomad Debut with – the Osprey Farpoint 40, and even after almost two years, I can’t see this bag slowing down one bit.
It’s still in great condition and still working for me.
If you are looking for my complete rundown of this great- and affordable bag, have a read of my Osprey Farpoint 40 Review.
You need to take a daypack with you. That’s my opinion – and I’m sticking to it!
Some of the best ones are packable daypacks that can be folded up into themselves, are very light and can be easily stored away inside your main bag when not in use.
Unfortunately, the one I use doesn’t seem to be available on the Eagle Creek website or on Amazon anymore – instead they have a new model that doesn’t receive very good reviews.
Still, I’m including a review video I did of it here in case you are able to pick one up from other suppliers, as I did, or from physical stores that still stock it.
At the very least, this video will give you some idea of the sort of product you are looking for and some of the things to take into consideration when trying to make a selection.
It has taken awhile to find a system for recording audio that works for me, but finally I have. I use the Zoom H1 audio recorder. It is small and lightweight and versatile – so three for three.
I am currently using the Roost laptop stand. It is lightweight and very popular among digital nomads.
One of the best investments I made was in a Kindle Paperwhite. Even if you aren’t into reading for pleasure, it is still important to read for self development – and ebooks are a budget-friendly way to buy books, plus you can carry hundreds of them with you at a time with a Kindle.
One of my biggest mistakes, when I decided to set off on my travels was not taking a proper camera with me – a digital interchangeable lens system camera .
Sure I had my Samsung Galaxy S5, and it is an amazing option that takes wonderful photos. But, I still recognize the fact that I could have taken an actual camera with me – and I don’t mean a point and shoot – and captured a whole lot of great stuff at a higher quality.
Well, you live and learn so I got myself a nifty Panasonic Lumix. Remember, don’t think you have to buy a brand new one if that’s out of your budget.
Get a second-hand one on eBay or Gumtree, or a refurbished one, or buy your friends old camera and use that to teach yourself a few basic photography skills.
Then in time, as you learn more about the art, you can make an informed choice to buy something a little flashier – or maybe simply upgrade to new and different lenses.
This is the camera I bought and I love it to bits. It’s far lighter than the popular Canons and Nikons – and so are the lenses – but they will give you pretty much the same quality.
It is also way cheaper.
You could also opt for the latest model if it is in your budget – as it has a few more features. Here are the full list of specs for this model.
You might think that travel accessories are unnecessary – but let me assure you this is not the case.
When you have been on an aeroplane for 10 hours or more or had to travel overnight by train, only then can you really appreciate the value of a few nifty travel supplies to give you some added comfort.
Check out a post I made on My Must-Have Travel Accessories.
I also did another little rundown on the travel accessories that I keep about my person when travelling – so I never have to go without the little things that make my travel most comfortable.
You never want to rely on only one form of storage for your info/photos etc.
And, especially for the most important stuff you want to store it on the Cloud. In saying that it is handy to have a physical drive for times when you don’t have access to the internet, etc.
This Toshiba model is a good option – light, sleek and not too expensive.
On the theme of portable storage, I’m a fan of Toshiba SD cards. Though of course many people recommend SanDisk – which I have also used with success.
Just make sure that when you are buying SD cards you are not only considering the storage capacity but also ‘the class’ of the card – it matters if you are using the card in your camera.
Protip: Now don’t forget a memory card reader. This is useful if the SD card reader on your laptop stops – and also if you want to get printing done. Old fashioned computers at printer shops around the world normally have USB ports – but many don’t have SD ports.
You don’t need to get anything fancy – most cheap and small readers do the job. I have bought multiple SD card readers cheap on eBay and they work really well.
I’m a sucker for resealable sandwich bags as packing tools. They are waterproof, light, cheap, reusable, disposable, easy to source…the ultimate aid to organizing your belongings especially when trying to go minimalist.
For sizes you should buy and ways you can make them work for you when packing, check out this post I wrote about How and Why Sandwich Bags Come in Handy for Travellers.
Although Sandwich Bags are my ultimate go-to for a variety of reasons, Eagle Creek Compression Sacs provide the perfect middle-ground between packing cubes (too weighty) and sandwich bags (not as tough), and I use them for packing clothes.
Clothes can be a little more cumbersome and move around in your bag. This revolutionary product from Eagle Creek – love them – fits the bill.
This is one of the best purchases I made when preparing to travel. Hands down.
Taking a luggage scale is all about peace of mind. I recommend it especially for the beginner traveler who probably has no real concept of how heavy their travel bag is just by feel, and how much they can reasonably expect to carry with them on airlines.
This is the scale I used and although there may be more accurate ones on the market, this one was reasonably priced and did the trick.
Securing Your Stuff
I have absolutely no complaint about this product, and I’m so pleased i picked it up. I was going to go for one of those locks that is part lock and part cable in one but then I found this little product on Amazon that has the two separate allowing for more versatility.
What I love is that you can use it purely as a lock, or you can use it with the accompanying cable to secure your belongings to a fixed object like a pole, or in my experience – to the baggage rack beside your sleeping berth on a train.
Communication and Entertainment
Don’t risk setting off on your travels without a tough phone cover to help protect your phone. This one is almost identical to the one I use and has saved my phone from certain death on numerous occasions.
If you read my post on My Must-Have Travel Accessories, you would know that i believe it is essential to have a pair of ear buds or headphones AS WELL AS A SPARE…so that you are never without a way to listen to your tunes!
These are a decent low-cost option you can use as your ‘spare pair’, if you like. I use them for listening to music while on my laptop (they have a USB connection and not a regular headphone jack connection), as well as for speaking into if on a video call.
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