The digital nomad lifestyle is rapidly gaining popularity in the world today. Living a life of travel while working remotely is fast becoming mainstream with the young and the adventurous. The power of the internet in this digital age has made this kind of setup possible.
A digital nomad prepares for their journey by having a versatile arsenal of gadgets. Below are some of the most popular and most handy tech tools that digital nomads take with them in their travels.
An “Open Line” Smartphone
Also termed factory unlocked, open-line smartphones are not carrier restricted and can be used anywhere in the globe, provided they meet the specifications of the country’s mobile providers. You may get by without a smartphone in your part of the world, but when traveling to foreign places, your phone is an invaluable tool.
A Compact, Mirrorless Camera
Unless you’re a professional photographer who makes a living off the trade, you’re better off with a lightweight, compact, mirrorless snapper. If your smartphone has a particularly powerful camera, you may want to forgo this item, unless you really need the features of a specialized camera.
A Universal Surge Protector
This can be a power strip or a travel plug or whatever doodad. Just make sure that it’s usable worldwide—or at least wherever you’re headed—and that it has ample surge protection. The last thing you want while traveling is dead or damaged gadgets because of some electrical fluctuation or mishap.
A Gaming-Tier Laptop
A digital nomad who’s into gaming will never leave home for extended periods without this item. If you’re concerned with bulk or weight, you’ll have to find gaming-grade laptops that aren’t too heavy for your needs. These laptops can get pretty expensive because of their power and portability, so do your homework first before buying one.
A Tablet PC
If you’re not really into hardcore gaming, you can just get one of those hybrid/convertible tablet laptops. If you’re just looking to do regular fare and standard office work with your system, then this is the more affordable, rational choice. They’re generally lightweight and wieldy to lug around.
A Mobile Wireless Router
When you’re in a place with unreliable wireless internet, a portable Wi-Fi router can be extremely helpful in solving your reception woes. Aside from improving your connectivity, it can also facilitate quick file transfers and music streaming between networked gadgets.
A Portable Scanner
This nifty gadget is a great addition to your tech toolkit. Relatively cheap nowadays, portable scanners allow you to scan documents and photos on demand. The more portable ones don’t even need to be connected to your laptop for power.
A Multiport USB Charger
All your gadgets will need to be charged at some point, so you may as well pack a multiport charger in your nomad backpack at all times.
External Storage Drives
Get a cheap flash drive for times when you need to copy and transfer files using unsecured terminals, like in a public library or an internet café. Get a larger, faster portable drive for your laptop’s extra storage.
Extra Power Banks
This is a no-brainer when traveling abroad. It never hurts to be prepared and have extra juice for your gadgets. Invest in the ones with larger capacities.
One More Thing
Wherever your wanderlust takes you, make sure you’re never caught unprepared. The good kind of unexpected events will leave you happily surprised, while the bad ones will cause you inconvenience. When that happens, you will enjoy your travel less.
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