Going digital and remote working can be an amazing experience. Packing up and travelling to a new destination brings with it new opportunities for learning and networking. As we prepare to start out on our journey, we are putting together what we think are some essentials that will make our remote work life as smooth and seamless as possible.
Moving between countries means flights, trains, and long hilly walks (especially hilly in Lisbon!), so we are going with checked backpacks...that's it, that's all. Cue nervous laughter. Our checklist would have included larger items if the space allowed, but we are going to try and make due with just the essentials. With that in mind, this list is full of basics that are compact, light, and easy to transport.
If you're new to travelling you may need to invest in some plug adapters for the country(ies) you are visiting. Ensuring you have all of these before you go means you can hit the ground running and get working. Look up the outlets in the country you are visiting and go prepared. You can see what plugs are needed for each country here. Visiting more than one country and need different adapters? You can get all-in-one adapters that are compact, so you're ready for each stop of your trip.
A small external drive is a great way to keep a backup and extra files handy in case your computer decides to go exploring on its own. For us, we run on cloud-based solutions that give us the ability to access our projects from anywhere. depending on your business and how cloud-based you are, a physical external drive may be a good call.
Being a digital nomad can mean working wherever and whenever you get the chance. From coworking spaces, cafes, trains, and planes, we will likely find ourselves working in a variety of settings. This means noise and distractions will be all around us. If you're like me and find yourself distracted easily in loud settings, invest in a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones. Even a good set of earbuds can cut out a lot of noise that can distract you from the task at hand.
Business cards are old school, but so essential. We look forward to connecting with all kinds of people on our trip and plan to have business cards ready to continue those connections and conversations once we are back home.
Yes, we're a digital company and we leverage digital tools in every aspect of our business, but there is still a place in my heart for good old pen and paper. Our favourite notebook is pen and paper 2.0. The Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook is a microwave-to-erase-and-reuse notebook. You can microwave to erase the book's content's up to 5 times! You can also download the Rocketbook app for Android or iOS and send your notes to Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud, Evernote, box and email. Cool right? We think so too!
No one likes a shaky video. For our on-the-go videos, we use a video stabilizer that works with our phones, meaning we can easily take high-quality video without needing a separate camera. Depending on where you're travelling, and your business, this investment might be worth considering.
Backup cords are definitely on our essentials list. You don't want to have to pause your day to go find a cord if one breaks or gets left in the seat-back pocket. Bring extras of your essential charger cords and cables so you are ready for anything!
We plan on being on the move and love taking video and photos. That often means our batteries run out on our phone long before the day is done. A mobile battery pack allows us to charge our devices without going back to our Airbnb or finding a cafe with an outlet. We can keep moving and snapping pics, all while getting charged up.
It's simple but vital. Stay hydrated and keep your mind sharp while travelling and working remotely. From hot climates to crowded airports, keeping your favourite water bottle handy is essential. Make sure you drink water on your flights as well to help stave off jetlag.
As we start our travels we will likely find that some of the items we have packed aren't needed. Vice-versa, there are probably things we don't even realize we are going to wish we had. We will update this post as we go and update our list of essential items and gadgets.