Lets start with some EQUIPMENT
Carry-On Backpack: Tortuga Travel Backpack – Ideally you want to just travel with a carry on backpack. Its perfect as a time saver all round. Flights, trains, any journey in fact becomes less of a check-in/ admin nightmare. AND you will be saving money… Plus, it is more secure (It’s kept with you on planes and buses), and enables you the ability to carry your laptop on you at all times. After much research when you replace your backpack you will notice the Tortuga Travel Backpack stand out much more amongst us, digital nomads. They offer various types of smart travel gear that is lightweight with built-in innovative anti-theft technology.
Laptop: Macbook Pro 15-inch – I personally think the Macbook Pro is the perfect travel laptop. Its geared for more power and a bigger, retina screen than most out there, so this is a good option if you are doing a lot of design or video work. I LOVE MINE. It’s light-weight, powerful and durable. Mine has visited over 35 countries on 6 continents (and may have taken a tumble down the Spanish Steps in Rome). It’s still ‘kickin’.
Phone: Apple iPhone 7 – It’s not so much to make calls with but more as a resource. Being able to look up directions (via google maps), ask for directions (via google translate), source local eateries (via Foursquare), etc. You get my drift… Life becomes instantly easier. One of the most popular uses is for it being an Internet hotspot when you just need to get online. It connects to your laptop when youre pretty remote with unreliable internet (3G is often faster than wi-fi) or working away on a beach. The iPhone 7 comes unlocked (just make sure before) and you buy local SIM cards (or an international card) plus data plans wherever you go.
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Digital Camera – I moved on from a Canon DSLR to a mirror-less camera two years ago and lightened my equipment load by a whopping 25%. The the SLR has not been missed at all; in fact the EM-5 is a much better camera, especially in low light. I think mirror-less cameras are the perfect compromise for travelers between quality and weight. I use the Olympus 14-42 mm kit lens and the tiny Panasonic 20 mm f1.7 pancake lens, which is great in low light and for food photography. #foodporn!! A general recommendation is that cameras on the road are only for serious photographers. Its more than enough using your smartphone, and their technology is only getting better
Kindle Paperwhite – Some of the times you will read on your phone or iPad, but the blue light can cause eye fatigue. So if you are a big reader, or like to read in daylight, then the Kindle Paperwhite E-reader is the best option for its paper-like screen and long battery life. The popular version is the 3G version so you can buy books on the go. Ideal for the trains journeys, jungle chilling, beach ‘slothing’ and mountain hiding. It saves so much weight compared to paper books and it’s easy for you to buy a wide range of books. Plus, Kindle offers a great selection of FREE classic titles.
Hard Drive: Western Digital My Passport 1TB or Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB – Backing up is easy to do with Time Machine (for Mac) and it’s essential for travelers. These hard drives are small and strong! Its recommended to carry multiple hard drives so all your data isn’t in one place. There is also the option of cloud storage which will be mentioned later.