Beginnings of a Digital Nomad: The Remote Year – Day 15
Remote workers require "portable offices." That said, here are 5 essential items you should never travel without...along with photos from my trip to share my experiences with you! Note: these are items I personally can't travel without. Some may disagree/feel differently, but that's all subjective.
We soaked up the sun on our last full day in Gili Trawangan at one of their countless beachside lounges before trekking back to Bali tomorrow for two nights. From there, my girlfriend Christina and I part ways: she flies back to Europe to continue fashion school while I head Stateside to see my family @offoodandart for a weeks, followed by Colombia for business purposes with @matelopez and @world5list.
Essential Item #1: Universal Power Adapter
Our reliance on technology nowadays has made us ever-more dependent on power sources to recharge, and traveling across several continents requires adaptability in power supplies. There are many universal adapter available that let you insert your native prongs, which outputs whatever foreign two- or three-prong setup is required (in my case, I can plug in my American cords to adapt to any European/UK/Australian-style power socket).
Essential Item #2: Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Not to be confused with noise-reduction headphones, which don't do as good of a job in silencing your surroundings. A one-time investment of a few hundred dollars in a pair of noise-cancelling headphones will return tenfold in productivity and sanity! I personally use/recommend the Sony MDR-1000X for its impressive noise-cancelling properties, quality sound, bluetooth capability, touch control, and comfort. Tip: on long airplane rides, combine this with some disposable earbuds for a quiet, serene, Zen-like experience!
Essential Item #3: External Hard Drive
Paperless processing, large amounts of data, and countless photos/videos on your phone you'd like to cherish require A LOT of storage space. Thus, it's important to always keep your files backed up in a source separate from your computer, especially when your work is so dependent on these computer-based documents/files (God forbid the day your computer gets fried!). There are a ton of affordable options on the market offering several terabytes worth of storage; more than enough for most online professions. Another alternative would be cloud-based storage, although that often requires a monthly subscription that adds up over time.
Essential Item #4: Melatonin
Traveling across different time zones on a regular basis inherently leads to jet lag. Melatonin is a safe, over-the-counter supplement that helps treat this. As a natural chemical that's already produced by your body, it allows for deeper sleep by helping regulate your circadian rhythm. And unlike traditional sleeping pills, you don't develop any sort of dependence on it. Melatonin is available at almost any pharmacy near you.
Essential Item #5: Athletic Shoes
Working long hours by staring at a computer screen nonstop will drive any person crazy. Therefore, cardio/sport is a MUST in order to clear your brain and keep you productive. Even 10 minutes of walking is enough to release significant amounts of endorphins, which—in turn—increases productivity, focus, and creativity. In fact, Aristotle used to give walking lectures, as his thinking was enhanced and ideas flowed organically/more naturally while doing so.
Bonus Essential Item: Your Loved Ones
Because "good experiences are best shared!"