One of the benefits of being a digital nomad is that your home office is everywhere that you open your laptop. But the reality is often a little less Instagram-friendly than tapping with one hand and holding a fruity cocktail with the other on a pristine beach somewhere. There’s no office supply or computer closet to visit when you’re in a noisy cafe in a foreign country. The supply closet is…all you can carry and you are the entire IT team.
Chances are, you need to do some real work to fund this wandering lifestyle and that involves necessary materials. To help, we’ve rounded up some of the best gear tested and road-verified by travelers who keep their word.
The must-have gadget every travel enthusiast needs
It’s not the sexiest gadget on this list, but it’s definitely the most crucial.
If you’re traveling overseas, you’ll need a good converter to charge your devices without blowing a fuse in this hostel or frying your laptop. This one from BESTEK, which costs $40, is a popular digital nomad option. It can charge seven devices at the same time, has four international adapters and different voltage options.
Power converters aren’t sexy, but they don’t blow a fuse either.
A way to charge your device on the go is essential for any traveler, but it’s especially useful for digital nomads who need to keep their devices charged for work even when there’s no outlet nearby.
J-Go Tech’s $85 USB-C Power Bank is a great option that offers fast charging and the ability to connect up to three devices at once. Moreover, it is also highly recommended by the community.
Because remote beaches have no outlets.
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If you are renting a private room in a hostel or an Airbnb room but not the whole house, a portable lock is a perfect solution for securing the door from the inside.
The Addalock rose to fame on TikTok last year as an easy-to-use and inexpensive travel security gadget, especially for women traveling alone. For $17.95 a pop, it’s a no-brainer.
Easy to install and useful in hostels or Airbnbs.
Most smartphones can be purchased unlocked these days, but some like the Google Pixel 6a ($300) have a handy dual SIM card slot built in. This is especially handy for digital nomads, as you can simply pop in an extra chargeable SIM card from whatever country you’re in and use a local number to get started. The big plus? You won’t have to pay roaming charges or an international plan with your national carrier.
Never worry about 2FA again.
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Everyone knows noise-canceling headphones aren’t cheap, but many digital nomads say they’re a crucial investment for working in loud cafes or taking long flights.
Bose’s Noise Canceling Headphones 700 may cost $380, but that’s the price you pay to work in peace from the global hotspot of your choice.
Best noise canceling headphones to block out the outside world
Digital nomads say noise canceling headphones are worth the investment.
Any experienced digital nomad will tell you that it’s not just What you pack, but How? ‘Or’ What you pack. And there’s nothing worse than having to untangle a bunch of cables from the bottom of your bag.
Save yourself the mental strife and get an organizer that keeps every cable and accessory neatly stored in its own little compartment. This one from Bellroy is a bit more expensive than the others at $60, but we like it because it’s made from a sturdy fabric that’s more protective than your typical nylon or soft fabric.
Never worry about tangled cables again.
Reliable and secure Wi-Fi is never a guarantee when working as a digital nomad. This is why many people opt for their own mobile hotspot.
This one from GlocalMe receives top marks from the community for providing coverage in over 140 countries, not requiring a SIM card, and having a simple visual interface. At $145, it’s a good mid-range option that gives you what you need.
Get Wi-Fi wherever you go.
When you live an on-the-go lifestyle, the last thing you want to do is take up valuable space in your uncluttered luggage with books. This is where e-readers come into the picture as slim and portable bookcases.
The Kindle Paperwhite can hold thousands of books and weighs just 7 ounces. It is also waterproof, anti-reflective and has 10 weeks battery life. For $140, it’s a pretty good value. Download your favorite books for downtime or work documents to maximize productivity, wherever you are.
A must for book-loving travelers with limited space.
As a digital nomad, you’re likely to work in suboptimal environments without the full set-up of a fixed office. Luckily, there are great laptop stands out there so you don’t have to sacrifice your neck and back health for the traveling gods.
This one from Moft, which retails for $70, adjusts to multiple angles so you can use your laptop while sitting or standing, and it folds down to the size of a magazine or slim tablet.
Portable and versatile – two words digital nomads love to hear.
Lumbar support is another ergonomic necessity for spending long hours in front of your computer. With an inflatable pillow that folds into a portable size, you can sit comfortably even if you don’t have a convenient desk chair.
This one from TISHIJIE is $33 and has a pump that lets you adjust the support and straps that wrap around any type of seat with a back.
It is possible to achieve ergonomic harmony as a digital nomad.