My Digital Nomad Packing List

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As some of you know my wife and I spent 6 months travelling across South East Asia while living nomadically through Airbnb's and Hostels in 2018, recently due to COVID-19 we've been forced to live nomadically in the UK due to being abandoned by the Australian Government and having our flights continuously cancelled.

Here's what i'm currently travelling with:

Backpack

Most important part is finding a backpack that works for you, it needs to strike a balance between functionality, style and comfort.

I'm rocking the Riut - X35 (35 litre) as it allows me to use it as a normal backpack day to day or as a travel bag when transiting.

Clothes

  • 6 * ASColor Scoop Neck (Shadow) T-shirts
  • 1 * Wooly Merino T-shirt
  • 6 * Bonds micro-fibre underwear
  • 3 * Merino socks
  • 1 * Generic H&M Gym Shorts
  • 1 * 'nice' shorts
  • 1 * Nudie Jeans (slim)
  • 1 * No name belt I bought while travelling
  • 1 * Timberland boots
  • 1 * Allbirds sneakers (woollen, that are super light and don't require socks)
  • 1 * Nice 'going out' shirt
  • Leather Jacket
  • Uniqlo fold up puffer jacket

Packed into two packing cubes and 1 shoe bag

Tech

  • Nintendo switch
    • I also swapped the dock for a travel one that looks like this
  • Macbook Pro 13" 2020
    • Charger
  • Travel plug incl. 4 x usb ports + 1 x usb type-c port
  • Sony XM3 headphones
  • Nextstand
    • Knockoff 'roost stand', to raise the laptop to head hight
  • Custom OKLB Planck Mechanical keyboard
  • Apple Magic mouse
  • Small HDMI cable
    • For using airbnb / hotel tv's with the laptop (netflix) and switch
  • Kindle Paperwhite
  • Backup laptop and phone battery
  • All the dongles and cables

Misc

  • Aeropress Go portable coffee maker
    • I drink too much coffee and spending £3 x 3 a day would bankrupt me
  • Sunglasses
  • Lots of carabiners
    • Helps you secure your bag to tables when out or secure random things to your bags (eg. hand sanitiser at the moment)
  • Klean Kanteen Water bottle
  • EE 4g Portable Broadband
    • Backup internet as i've had several hotels with terrible connections
  • Dopp kit
    • Toothbrush / toothpaste
    • Basic first aid kit
    • Deodorant
    • Beard oil
    • Mini cologne
  • Deck of cards
  • Passport wallet
    • UK / AU Passport
    • Backup credit card
    • EEA Health Care Card
    • AU Health care card (Medicare)

Packing is hard and also depends on where you're going, my current list above is based on UK summer.

But the best advice I got is, be brutal and go as lean as possible because it's easier to buy things rather than get rid of things.