Technology allows the digital nomad to prosper and work anywhere at any time. While I tend to work closer to home, it’s easier than ever for me to work seamlessly across devices and locations. This is most beneficial when I travel beyond the borders of my normal range. This weekend I’m off to Columbus, Ohio for the The National NeedleArts Association Summer Trade Show.
Technology Top 3 EDC (Every Day Carry)
- My almost 3 year old cell phone with a data plan.
- Battery boost charger and cable.
- Notebook and a pen/pencil.
I have no trust in battery life no matter the age of my phone. App updates or needing GPS can drain a battery. Chargers and cables are essential. While my master logbook often travels with me, I keep a tiny book in my bag for use just-in-case. In it I often do random writing while I’m out and about. Other essential items in my EDC include a binder clip, coil-less safety pin, and a crochet hook.
Top 3 items for longer travel
- My tablet. It’s wifi only. If I really need data I can tether it to my phone. (Honestly this is often in my EDC)
- A mini bluetooth keyboard.
- Wall charger that allows me to plug in two devices at once.
Once upon a time I’d schlep a laptop if I was going away for more than a day. It’s very nice to be able to do my work on a tablet. There are a few rare tasks that are challenging to complete with a tablet, but I find the risk of needing to do them versus the weight and size savings worth it to just bring my tablet.
What makes these systems work?
I keep key files uptodate through Dropbox. If I didn’t use Dropbox there would be another service I’d rely on to keep files synced.
Other Travel Resources
- 10 Travel Tips to Make the Most of any Trip – this is a great article!
- 10 packing tips every traveler should know
- Tips for Traveling Safely with Technology from UC Davis
- Security Tips for Traveling at Home and Abroad from Dartmouth
What technology do you find essential?