What To Pack as a Digital Nomad in 2018


Simplifying your packing list for your next trip as a digital nomad can be an intimidating task.

You’re frustrated that you may bring too many unnecessary items.

Or worse yet, worried that you’ll forget something that's crucial to running your business.

If you’re preparing to take the leap into a remote work adventure, here's a simplified tech-specific PACK-ing list (see what we did there?) for digital nomads working abroad.

Pssst. We’ve also added a bonus checklist of what NOT to bring at the end of this post!

 What to pack as a digital nomad - Packing list for digital nomads working remotely while traveling

Backpack or Suitcase?

Let’s square this debate right out of the gate.

For mobility and flexibility reasons, we are Team Backpack. Although, we’ve had many retreat participants who suitcase-all-the-way.

Here’s how to discern what is right for YOU:

Think about the things that make you who you are and what matters most to you – and bring that with you.

Next, get reasonable. What of your belongings, like books and documents, can you digitize? Eliminate a modest chunk of your personal stuff and forget about worst case scenarios. You can always replace everything else (clothes, toiletries, snacks) as you go.

Repeat this process and hack your pack until you’ve got lightweight luggage that is manageable.

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a look into the Bali PACK experience

Technology and Electronics – What digital nomads really need to run their online business abroad.

Laptop + All Accessories
           This is a given, right?

           Doubles as ear plugs for long flights.

Unlocked Smartphone

           Keyword: unlocked. From there, seek-out a reputable SIM card provider that can activate your phone while you’re abroad.

(Did you know our retreat packages make this stress-free? – We give you a local SIM card so you can stay connected from wherever!)

Universal Travel Adaptor

           One simple outlet plug adaptor that you can use worldwide

E-book Reader

           Remember when we talked about digitizing your life? An e-book reader like the Kindle or Kobo is perfect for consolidating your favorites on one device.

Tech Organizer Travel Case

           In our opinion, this is a must-have for digital nomads and traveling entrepreneurs. Save time when you’re looking for the electronics you need without having to sort through tons of tangled cables and accessories. It also protects your items from dust and damage, which is more likely to happen while working remotely.

Power Bank / Backup Battery

           With so much to see and do, one charge might not be enough for your smartphone or camera.
Check out this list of the top portable chargers for digital nomads.


Absolutely DO NOT Leave Without…

 What to pack as a digital nomad - Packing list for digital nomads working remotely while traveling
  • A printed copy of your passport, bank cards and other photo ID like your driver’s license. Store these documents in a secure place, separate from the real items.
  • Travel Insurance – We hate to be your parents about this kind of stuff, but problems can arise while working and traveling simultaneously.
  • Preparing your Elevator Pitch 😉

You never know who you’ll meet that will change the trajectory of your business (for the better).

When you experience our retreats, you’re bound to get inspiration from like-minded people.  We bring together digital nomads, entrepreneurs, self-starters and online working professionals who are looking to grow their business and mindset.

Get the real scoop and follow us on Instagram.


Packing Questions to Consider:

When it comes to optimizing your luggage space, we follow two key packing principles:

1.   Ask yourself: “If I don’t bring this item with me, what is the worst that could happen?” If it’s not an extremely bad situation, leave it at home.

2.   Ask yourself: “Will I use this more than once per week?” When you need to get around efficiently, take only what you will use often. Otherwise you may end up frustrated and wanting to leave things behind as you go about your travels.


What NOT to Bring While Working Remotely.

Microfiber Towel ­– These days, most accommodations provide towels. Save your space!

External Hard Drive – Funny enough, this one is included on most digital nomad packing lists, but they’re not totally necessary.

As long as you’re not a photographer or videographer shooting in RAW and are able to access wifi regularly, count on cloud storage like Dropbox or Google Drive. You can access your files from anywhere making it smooth sailing for running your business.

Travel Guidebooks, Maps + Saved Brochures – It’s 2018 after all, so rest assured you can rely on your phone (basically a pocket computer) to figure out where to go and how to get there.

Tons of Cash – Keep your money safer by withdrawing in increments. There’s a delicate balance with this to avoid racking up high foreign bank fees. Check out our blog post on finding the right travel card for you!

What’s on your digital nomad packing list?

We’ve prioritized utility and versatility in this simple tech packing guide, now let’s hear from you!
Leave us a comment below with what YOU pack for long-term travel!