There is a growing sector of people working from their laptops, traveling the world while they run their businesses in the palm of their hands. Lovingly referred to as digital nomads, it’s estimated that 4.8 million people pursue this kind of lifestyle today, with 17 million more claiming they aspire to be a digital nomad someday.

Of course, beyond securing digital nomad housing and other important requirements whilst traveling, there are a few essentials you should always have in tow as a wanderlust-stricken business fiend. What are they?

1. Backup Chargers

You should always have a backup charger packed, for your phone, laptop, and camera. Sometimes, chargers break, wires tear, or things can happen in our luggage. If you are in a remote area that doesn’t have an Apple store, etc., you are going to have a huge problem. Always make sure to have two of every charger required to run your business.

2. Lockable Luggage

There are plenty of regular and carryon luggage models today that come with locks. This will ensure your expensive electronics are protected at all times, especially if you have layovers in less-than-safe places. It will also keep your belongings safe if you are staying in some kind of co-op arrangement.

3. Hotspot or Portable WiFi

Countries like Japan have portable WiFi pods you can pick up at all major airports and use throughout the country at about $5 per day. If you are traveling the U.S., be sure to bring a mobile hotspot (or create one with your phone, if your cell plan covers it) so you never have to worry about a reliable WiFi connection again. Remember – WiFi is the connection between you and your paying customers!

4. Paper Copies of Passport

This can include your passport, visa, or any other essential travel document that helps you enter your home country. Always carry printed out versions of the documents in case they are stolen. Distribute them among your backpack and suitcase in the event your luggage is stolen in some kind of mishap. This will save you a lot of travel woes and waiting time in line at the embassy!

5. Travel Planners

The best part of being a digital nomad is seeing the world around you, right? Keep a travel log or journal with you so you can write down places you want to see, as well as your memories at some of your most favorite destinations. This will save you time exploring if you only have so many days in your latest location.

We know that seeing the world around you can be incredibly rewarding, and also stressful at the same time. That’s why Anyplace provides flexible-term housing all over the world, from co-living spaces to furnished apartments, to extended-stay hotels. Specializing in slow travel for digital nomads, we know that you want to stay for more than a night or two. We’ve got you covered.

Written by Alexandra Fasulo


Joe Frabotta is the Director of Marketing at Anyplace. He's a part-time nomad, traveling + working throughout the year but also having a home base in the mountains of Asheville, NC. When he's not working, you'll probably find him playing guitar, doing a section hike on the Appalachian Trail, or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

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