For me, it’s extremely important to remain completely mobile and able to move remotely anywhere.
How you Pack like a digital nomad is one step towards achieving this.
Below is the bare minimum that I pack in order to travel around the world.
Many Digital nomads swear by minimalism, and I use a minimal approach to reach this goal.
You can choose to follow my packing list and become more mobile yourself if you wish.
People have often wondered how I get away with just hand luggage for long per term travel so I thought show you what’s inside my backpack.
This is a layout of what’s in my bag at the moment and this is all I own to do what I need to do.
First tip: Travel with only hand luggage.
Yes! Only hand luggage I really mean it, here is why:
Advantages of travelling with just hand luggage:
• Save on check-in baggage fees
• Avoid checks-in desks and check-in online
• Save money on taxis that charge for baggage
• Save money on locker fees
• Be less of a target and look more like a local
• Take up less space when staying with a couch surfer
• Less back pain
• Be able to pack and go within no time
• Extremely mobile
The above is my bag of choice:
The North Face – Surge backpack
I have been using this bag for the past 4 years, Touch wood its never let me down.
Perfect size for hand luggage, great strap support and very durable.
As you can see from the Picture above, this is everything you need to travel the world.
Yep, doesn’t look like much, but that’s all you need.
Simple, but minimal.
I’ll now go into more detail on individual items:
Apple Macbook Air 11 inch with Charger
Memory foam Apple laptop case
Amazon Paperwhite Kindle, with Cable
Apple iPhone 5s 16GB, with cable
Glif+ Tripod adapter for iPhone
Bank dongle for online banking
Apple headphone’s with built in microphone
Dual USB charger with international chargers (works with Mac charger too for multi country use)
USB Stick 64GB
Bits & Bobs
Polorised Sunglasses and case
Reading glasses and case
Moleskine Small lined hard cover notebook
Wallet with bank cards. Discount. student, membership cards, health insurance Doc, Photocopy of passport, Passport photos.
Web belt with built in bottle opener
1.0 Liter Platypus water bottle
Sharpie Black pen
Pilot G2 pen
Sharpie Liquid pencil
Water Proof String bag
re-usable soap bottle
Compact sewing kit
Electric beard trimmer
4 x Plain T-shirts
4x Boxer underwear
4 x White sports socks
Water proof jacket
Havana Flip Flops
Compression waterproof dry bag
Not a huge amount of clothes but its totally possible to travel like this.
Wearing the jumper, jacket, jeans will take away most of the bulk from your bag.
Then the rest of the clothes can go into the compact compression bag and take away most of the space.
This will push out all of the unneeded air and organise your clothes in the process.
It might seem raddicle but I wanted to show you whats in my Backpack and what I use to live on a daily basis.
You will need to adapt some more items to your personal life (Sure the female readers won’t need a Beard trimmer) But you get the general idea of whats possible.
Packing your life down to only these few items will free your mind to focus towards the more important things, such as travelling the world.
Free your life, cut down to the minimum and explore the world!
Hope you enjoyed looking inside my bag and would love to hear from you in the comment section below: