So we sold all our “Stuff” because we couldn’t take everything with us on the plane when we moved to Thailand. We then went shopping and bought the Best Digital Nomad Gear. It was such a fun thing to do together! For us being a Digital Nomad means that we own very little. It allows us to move around a lot easier. Another reason is that selling everything you own is very liberating. I never thought I could do it and the journey to let go of it all is a story for another day. So here we are, minimalists. What we own has to count. Each item must serve a purpose and something we can’t live without it.
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Digital Nomad Gear –
We each have a travel backpack and a small hand luggage suitcase, and we manage to fit our lives into it. So far everything is working very well, and we don’t lack anything.
I have a Deuter travel backpack with detachable daypack which comes in handy, and Keith has the K-Way travel backpack. We’ve had our packs for four years now, and they still look good. Both bags have worn very well. We have no issues with any of the zips on any of the bags which is important to us because we cram our bags to the limit.
You know what I mean. I always ensure that the bags are wrapped at the airport before we fly anywhere. It has protected our bags, over time, from heavy airport handling that you cannot avoid.
Digital Nomad Gear -Laptops
I must warn you that we are major Apple fans.
We splashed out a little because we don’t own anything and decided that this was where we wanted to spend our money. Our laptops are essential to us because this is where we earn all our online income. We wanted something that we would love to work on, and that would last.
I got myself a MacBook Pro while Keith decided on the MacBook Air. I work more with photos and video editing while Keith focuses on writing and online tutoring. Hence the performance of these machines needs to be top notch.
NOTES: I’ve recently discovered an awesome company that sells refurbished Apple products. Gazelle What is really great is that you can trade in your old MacBook or iPhone if you need some cash. They have a huge stock list so you will probably find what you are looking for.
Digital Nomad Gear -Camera’s And Other Tech
We used to do wedding photography on the side a few years ago. Getting rid of my Canon 5D Mark II was the hardest thing I’ve had to do. I loved that camera! Realistically it was too bulky for travel. I had to have something tiny and compact.
I researched a lot of travel-friendly camera’s, and at the end of the day, I decided that my iPhone 7 would become my travel camera. It fitted perfectly into my minimalist lifestyle. The advantage is that I always have my phone with me where ever I go which means I can film and photograph anywhere, anytime. The iPhone 7 has not disappointed me either. I am pleased with the quality I’m getting. Of course, it’s not a full-size sensor camera, but for the purpose, I’m using it’s fantastic. I’ve bought a small tripod that comes in handy when I film and some clip-on lenses which add to creativity. All the photos I’ve taken that you see on our blog, Instagram account and Facebook are taken with my iPhone 7.
We also use stock photos where applicable.
Keith also has an Ipad and Ipod that he loves. My iPhone doubles up as both. Also, we bought an Apple TV with a Netflix account. We generally stay in Airbnb’s with flatscreen TV’s where we can plug in our Apple TV. The Apple TV is a luxury for much-needed downtime.
Digital Nomad Gear -Clothing
Putting together a minimalist wardrobe is interesting. I use to have a lot of crap in my closet; but no more! My magic trick was Pinterest. I searched minimalist wardrobe on Pinterest for inspiration. I then sat down and made a list of what I already had and what I needed. Currently, I travel with 40 clothing items including my favourite black heels, black cocktail dress, casual, semi-smart and gym wear. I can dress for pretty much any occasion. If you want some inspiration then follower our Fashion Friday Muse series or follow my Pinterest Board: Fashion for Digital Nomad
If I get tired of something, I donate it to charity and replace it with something new and inspiring, this way I don’t get bored. Keith has approached his wardrobe the same way; he even has a suite in his bag. You never know if you want to go to the theatre or a swanky restaurant.
Digital Nomad Gear -Stay Fit
It is essential – stay fit when you travel! You will feel better. Look after your body and your body will look after you. That’s out moto. We always opt for accommodation with an onsite gym. It saves us on gym fees and time. We generally work out 3 – 5 days a week.
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Digital Nomad Gear -Space Savers
Invest in Packing Cubes! They change your whole travel experience. You will feel in control of your bag, and you know exactly where you packed things. Seriously, it’s a no-brainer.
We also bought ourselves fast drying travel towels. They are great space savers. I roll mine up and put it into my hat to keep its shape, and it gets packed into my backpack. My headpiece has survived many a flight. All thanks to my fast drying travel towel.
I can’t fly long distance without my travel pillow. Since we move around so much, I’ve had to opt for an inflatable travel pillow to save space. I’d probably prefer the regular travel pillow, but if you are a digital nomad then Space Is King!.
It is what we travel around with now. It might change. We do have our eye on a drone, but we have to see if it fits into our minimalist lifestyle. Of course, our needs will change over time, and when that happens, we will adjust.