With global Internet connectivity getting better and more accessible, many are opting for a digital nomad career, rather than a regular 9 to 5 job, as it is more thrilling, less restrictive and lucrative. Working on the move from just about anywhere on God’s green Earth with nothing but a laptop and a suitable Internet connection, banking good pay while at it is the new cool.
The trend is quickly picking up momentum, and many more are getting inspired and saying, ‘I want to do that too!’
Hell, yeah, we know that the prospects of sipping margarita in your beachfront hotel suite, while plugging away on your keyboard in your pyjamas to get paid by the hour brings you joy. You want to experience the digital nomad lifestyle, and we are here to help you fulfil that goal.
You have the perfect idea on just what to sell or the service to offer for a massive pay over the Internet? You are set to kick-start your digital nomad career? Congratulations!
Before you book a ticket and jump on that plane to move to start your new business, there are some basic items and tools you should check-off your shopping list if you really want to power up your experience.
In this post, we will be unveiling our digital nomad packing list that promises to get you prepared for an efficient and successful digital nomad career in any country you find yourself.
- Get an Unlocked Phone: contrary to what you might believe, mobile phone services can be very affordable outside your home country, and if you plan staying in any one country for an extended period, you will be better off getting yourself a local SIM card rather than roaming your home mobile services and piling on huge international fees.
Look to eBay or Amazon to shop for affordable mobile phones that are not locked to a local carrier so you don’t have to buy a new phone every time you touchdown in a new country. While you are at it, also try to get yourself an adaptor plug for your phone’s charger, as the wall socket might turn out different in your destination country.
Pack on a Power Bank: imagine having your trip all planned out and saved on your mobile phone (I am talking routes, hotel address, cabbie’s contact, etc.) then your phone suddenly refuses to power on when you touch-down at the airport…it is dead as a result of the multiple selfies and tweets you were engaging in right before take-off. Now, you don’t want to experience that. That is why you need a power bank to keep your phone juiced up on the go.
These devices are mobile chargers with multiple charger pins that will fit just about every phone out there. They can be charged with your phone’s charger, or off the USB port of your laptop. They come in different power capacities: 5200mah, 10,000mah, 12,000mah and 15,000mah (you should start getting worried when you see products boasting of capacities over 20,000mah).
While the 5,200mah could give an iPhone about 2 full recharges, the 12,000mah could go 4 rounds – the higher the capacity rating, the more power you get. Mophie is a good product to consider, or you can browse through products sold be reputable sellers on eBay and Amazon as well.
- Buy a USB Ethernet Adaptor: you will be surprised to find out that Wi-Fi connectivity is not readily available in some of the countries you will visit. Even some western-styled hotels do not offer in-room Wi-Fi, so in these scenarios, you will have to fall back on the good old LAN cable to get hooked to the Internet.
As a matter of fact, a hard cable connection always turnout to have a better network strength than a Wi-Fi connection that is loaded with a lot of users. Sadly, some laptops don’t have a LAN port, hence you’d need a USB Ethernet Adaptor to get connected. If you will need one, you can get it for about $29 to $35 on eBay or Amazon.
- Get on Google Hangout: if you don’t have a Google account, now is a good time to open a new tab on your browser and register one. No disrespect to the guys over at Skype, but the video quality these days appears to be quite poor over network connections that aren’t very sharp. Aside that, a conference video call is not possible except someone on your team is on a premium plan. On the flipside, you can quickly and freely setup a video conference call on Google Hangout. Additionally, even on a very weak dialup connection, with Google Hangout, you can still get good video quality.
Download a free texting app: the title says it all. If you do a lot of texting, you can quickly pile on a scary bill when doing the back and forth with your mum across the globe. To save some good bucks, you can opt for mobile apps that allow free texting over Wi-Fi. You can visit this post for full details on some good ones you can go for.
Is there any other awesome tool or tip you know of that will be helpful to a digital nomad?
We will be glad to have your contribution via the comments.