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5 Ways to save space packing as a Digital Nomad

One of the more common things you hear when talking to any traveller, let alone a digital nomads, is that they always whine about how they have over packed. Their suitcases and backpack are not only too heavy, but they are also a pain to track all items for the duration of the trip and can lead to spending a lot of extra unnecessary time at airports.

On the other hand, when you speak to someone who is travelling light, they are always a bit cheerier and possess a happy little glow of self satisfaction that they are saving themselves hassle.

Some say that it’s impossible to leave home without certain items, however, these are the same people that return home not having used 50% of the things they took with them.

It’s time to take a look a 5 simple ways you can save weight and space as a digital nomad while trawling the earth.

1. Use Secure Digital Cards as your storage device

These thin little suckers are often pigeon holed in the cameras and mobile storage area, but we have found them to be absolutely brilliant for use as general extra digital file storage space. Weighing in at approximately 2 grams, thats right, 2 GRAMS, can now openly find these cards can store up to 64 gigabytes, or if you search hard, 128 gigabytes.

Comparing this to carting around a portable hard drive with USB cable weighing around about 400grams, that’s a weight saving of 20,000%!

Although it is also recommended to use cloud storage solutions where appropriate, it is sometimes just easier to have the files tucked into your wallet in case an internet connection cannot be established.

2. Avoid taking a bulky laptop

This is one of the more important for digital nomads, as your laptop is your one non-negotiable business commodity. Often though, people will take there all powerful 3kg laptop in their carry on luggage, with a general allowance of 5kg. However, if we want to travel only with carry on, we cannot afford to be dishing out over half our weight budget to the laptop.

Best to plan ahead for your travel in advance and purchase one of the new lines of powerful thin and light solutions that are hitting the market. If you are a mac user, then obviously the choice is a Macbook Air. For PC users, it’s hard to go past Lenovo. The Carbon X1 is incredibly powerful and weighs in at 1.3kg. But if you have the budget, you can look at the new range of hybrids and opt for a Lenovo Hilux.

3. Take one warm clothing item only

If you are planning to head to the north of Iceland in the Arctic Circle, obviously this would not apply. Most digital nomads generally find themselves following the sun around the globe, as this allows them to see the destinations in the beautiful sunshine and also avoid the need to pack heavy items. It’s also the case that colder countries are a lot more expensive.

All you need for warmth backup is one fleece hoodie. That’s it. Make sure it is a good one and genuinely warm in case you do encounter some freezer like conditions. Best part is you can wear this on your flight, meaning that it doesn’t need to count as part of your carry on.

4. Don’t take any books

Over the years, we have become accustomed to taking a book with us travelling for those times when you just need humanities most basic form of entertainment. This meant lugging books around with you throughout your whole trip, and depending on what kind of books you were reading, the weight certainly added up.

Gone are these days, thank God. With iPads and Kindle Readers, you can now take pretty much as many books as you want in digital format. And as an added bonus, this saves us zounds of space in our packing.

5. Roll your clothes, don’t’ fold them

Finally, this one has been doing the rounds for years. When you roll your clothes into a sausage, they take up less space in your backpack. Sure, this won’t affect the weight, but if your travelling with mere carry on, then saving space becomes more the challenge.

With advances in clothing technology with types of fibres used to make certain travel clothes, often after unrolling these clothes the will be crease free as well.


Prepared by Work Play Nomad


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