18 things you need on your Digital Nomad packing list

It can be hard to figure out what to pack before you become a slow traveler. Here’s what should be on your digital nomad packing list.

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For as laidback as the digital nomad lifestyle is, becoming a nomad requires a lot of thought upfront. You have to get your work business in order, figure out where you’ll travel to first, and finally, sort out what you’re going to pack.

Creating your digital nomad packing list can be surprisingly tricky. Pack too heavy and you’ll be stuck with extra baggage fees when you travel, not to mention having to haul a load of stuff around everywhere you go. Pack too light, and you could end up spending more than you planned to get the things you need on the go.

Of course, everyone has different preferences and things they feel they can’t live without. But these aredefinitely necessities you won’t want to forget:

Your passport

You’re not getting far without this one…Definitely check the expiration date and make sure you have more than6 months left on it, most countries require it.

Your Must-go Electronics

Working nomads definitely need a:

· Laptop

· Universal travel adapter

· Extra USB drives and cables

· Headphones

· Power bank

· External hard drive

A wheeled carry-on or suitcase

Preferably one that fits carry-on requirements so that you avoid paying baggage fees. I personally love my convertible luggage. I can go from wheeling it down the airport to converting it to a backpack and climb up a treehouse.

A solid backpack

Day trips and weekend excursions happen between major trips, and you’ll want a bag you can stuff a few essentials into for those forays.

An e-reader or tablet

Books take up valuable space and, once you’ve read one, you really don’t want to haul it around with you. Packing an e-reader allows you to have new books all the time without messing with your storage.

A bathing suit

You never know when you may encounter a heated outdoor pool or a jacuzzi…just saying!

7 pairs of underwear

It’s essential to have a piece of underwear for every day of the week. You can wear a t-shirt twice but definitely not underwear.

5 pairs of socks

You can mix them between tall socks and short socks depending on the weather.

2 pairs of shorts

Go for something monochromatic, so you can wear them with everything.

3 pairs of pants

Include something lightweight, something super warm, and jeans in the mix, also in basic colors.

5 T-shirts

While you can recycle pants and shorts with no problem, T-shirts can be a little trickier. You’ll at least want to have enough to get you through a workweek, a mix of collar shirts and t-shirts are the way to go.

1 set of working out clothes

We all love to take a yoga class or go for a quick run when we start or finish our day. Just throw in a pair of yoga pants or shorts and a working out tank top of t-shirt and you will be ready to go!

A good pair of sandals

Something sturdy is ideal. You’ve got places to go, after all.

A solid pair of walking sneakers

Look for something that’s durable and monochromatic. Comfort is also key, since you’ll be wearing these a lot.

Durable sunglasses

Take a pass on wire frames (they can break too easily when you travel) and opt for something made of a durable plastic or even rubber.

A long-sleeved hoodie

No matter where you travel, it will at least get a little cool at some point.

A smartphone (unblocked)

The brand doesn’t really matter, but you’ll want to find one that takes great pictures. Also an unblocked phone is key since you will need to change your SIM card. International plans are very pricey and getting a new SIM card at your arrival destination will definitely be a better option.


You can pick up some stuff on the go, but you’ll want to make sure you pack a toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, deodorant, comb, nail clippers, and a versatile soap/shampoo like castile soap upfront.

A light rain jacket

Sometimes better than an umbrella and can also come in handy for some outdoor activities.

A fast-drying towel

Some coliving spaces will provide things like towels and bed linens, but others won’t. You can at least make sure you can grab a shower with a fast-drying, super absorbent towel like Matador’s NanoDry. It works incredibly well, and folds up into a tiny, easy-to-pack square.

A reusable water bottle

You can grab your go-to brand, or you can look for something that compresses down when it’s not in use.

Packing cubes

I personally love packing cubes,They keep all my clothes organized and they are very easy to pack in your carryon or suitcase. I particularly love the brand Eagle Creek. I got mine since 2008 and they still look brand new.

The odds are high that you’ll want to pick up more stuff as you go. But, with these essentials stowed in your suitcase, you’re at least off to a good start.

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