Digital Nomad Essentials
Somebody asked me the other day what I take with me on the road. I actually have an in-depth “essentials” post I’m working on, but I figured I would just chuck it up in a list to start.
First off, here’s my baggage situation:
- One standard size suitcase which weighs in at 49.5 pounds on an airport scale. I check it in, obviously.
- Backpack, which I carry on.
- At times I have a small travel guitar, which I sometimes check and sometimes carry on.
SwissGear Scansmart 1900 Backpack (grey)—it’s a fantastic backpack.
Dell XPS 13″ (Gold)—self explanatory.
iPad Air 2—for use as a second monitor (check out the app “Duet”), reading device, and just general movies and whatnot.
Old Canon Point-and-Shoot camera—which I hardly use because I have an iPhone…I steal my girlfriend’s DSLR a lot too.
That’s it, really. The entire Trouble web empire runs off of these pieces of equipment. Kind of incredible when you think about it. I won’t lie though, that’s the one thing I miss about corporate life—having 4 monitors.
Hanging toiletry kit—you need one. Saves a ton of space in small bathrooms and on planes. I don’t know which one I have, but something like this one works just fine.
I won’t lie, my wardrobe is pretty limited. Obviously I’ve got a variety of shirts. I take 5 pairs of basketball shorts which double as casual, around-the-house wear and workout gear. 2 pairs of jeans.
4 total pairs of shoes—two of these (black and grey/teal). One pair of Nike Free athletic shoes for working out. One pair of boots. Those Nike SB skate shoes are great for casual wear (similar to Vans/Chuck Taylors) and are light as a feather.
When I visited my friend in North Carolina recently, well…he’d just moved into a five bedroom house. Two living rooms. Three stories. Crazy amounts of space. Of course, that space has to be filled. They were slightly amazed at how little I have with me, and how every little bit matters.
You really do have to think about what’s important and what’s not. Do you need a 17″ supermachine laptop? Not for the work I do. Do I need a fifth pair of shoes? Not particularly.
The life isn’t always glorious and I miss out on some things, but when I can have my life packed in 20 minutes and be on my way to a train—well, that’s worth it.