Tips, tricks, and must-have gadgets for digital nomads
Do you work remotely? Or do you sit in your cubicle wishing you did? The life of a digital nomad is full of great things including never having to write your name on your lunch. But, being productive while working remotely takes balance, motivation, and a few must-have gadgets.
- Where can I find more gadgets for digital nomads? To work comfortably from anywhere in the world, you’re going to need the right stuff. Check out these accessories that are perfect for digital nomads.
- What are some great tips for those who want to work remotely? We have an entire section on our blog dedicated solely to remote workers right here.
- Where can I find more gadgets for work in general? Increase your productivity, improve your posture, have fun with your colleagues, and enjoy your 9-5 even more with the best office gadgets and workplace accessories we have curated here.
The trend of working remotely has really taken off in the past few years. With so many apps and programs on our devices, we’re more connected than ever even if we’re nowhere near the office.
Whether you work remotely a few days a week or you’re a full-on digital nomad, it comes with its own set of unique challenges. Sure, having the beach or your favorite coffee shop as your office comes with plenty of perks. And, you never have to worry about someone stealing your lunch.
Making it work is all about balance and motivation. Check out these tips and must-have gadgets for digital nomads.
How to be more productive and focused while working remotely
1. A planner is a must: Whether you do it digitally or manually, it’s imperative to keep a planner and an organized to do list. Use an app like Wunderlist, Evernote, or even the reminders app on your smartphone.
2. Take frequent breaks: Working remotely is about working at your own pace. As a result, it often involves a lot of focus on tasks for many hours on end. Strategically placed breaks will help you maintain optimal productivity.
3. Maintain proper posture: Go for a standing desk or at least a highly ergonomic chair. If you’re sitting there for 8+ hours a day, you need support. Remember not to slouch!
4. Change up the scenery: Try to work from a different workspace at least once a week. A great desk is essential, but sometimes it’s just good to take a break and work from a cafe or a park.
5. Make sure you have a window: Having a view of the outdoors around your workspace will keep your space fresh. An even better option is to make sure you take a walk for fresh air.
6. Have virtual coffee breaks: with your colleagues as this will help you feel less disconnected and lonely at work
7. Determine the end of your work day: This is our biggest tip. It’s very difficult to know when to close your laptop when you work from home. Pick a time and stick to it for less stress.
Must-have gadgets for digital nomads
Working remotely has got a lot to do with the gadgets and accessories that you use during your workday. Here are our favorites you might consider at your remote job!
Subtech Sports Drycase Outdoor Laptop Case
If you’re an adventurous digital nomad, the Subtech Sports Drycase is an absolute must. It offers full protection for your laptop so you can work anywhere, even if that’s the great outdoors. You can even work on the side of a mountain and have total peace of mind. Just remember to bring along a power bank to keep you going.
Logitech Slim Folio Pro iPad Pro Keyboard Case
Working from a tablet seems convenient until you realize your fingers could use more space and a little bit of guidance. Bring back the tactile feedback of the keys with this keyboard case for the iPad Pro by Logitech. The Slim Folio Pro has all the keys you need for accelerated typing. Along with all the keys, the case also protects your iPad from dings, all while staying as slim as possible.
Satechi Type-C 75W Multiport Travel Charger
Now you can extend the functionality of your laptop with the Multiport Travel Charger. It has multiple ports for all your devices so you can charge, sync, and connect even with a newer USB-C powered laptop. It also features a Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 port so you can speedily recharge your devices before you head out. With all this functionality, the charger still remains compact enough to slide into your bag.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 2-in-1 Laptop
Anything that’s 2-in-1 is a winner with digital nomads. Pairing the power of a laptop with the convenience of a tablet, the Surface Pro 6 features an 8th Gen Intel Core processor for all the speed you need. Plus, its compact size means you can work from a plane, train, or automobile with ease. The 13.5-hour battery life will ensure you’ve got more than enough juice to hit those deadlines while you travel.
TwelveSouth PlugBug Duo MacBook Travel Adapter
Anyone with a newer MacBook would be lying if they said they didn’t miss their USB ports. The PlugBug brings them back with a clever design. It attaches directly onto your MacBook adapter and plugs into your outlet. It’s complete with two USB ports to charge up all your older devices and keep your few ports on your laptop free.
Bookbook CaddySack Cable Travel Tote
A digital nomad has to know a thing or two about storage and organization. The CaddySack Cable Travel Tote is the organizing tote of your dreams. There’s a spot for everything you need to carry from your adapters to cables to power banks and everything in between. Plus, the classic Bookbook design makes it look like an old book; something a thief would be very unlikely to steal.
mophie Powerstation AC Universal Battery
The biggest fear of a digital nomad: losing battery power while you’re on the go. With this hefty power bank from mophie, you can charge anything from your smartphone to your laptop so you can work absolutely anywhere for hours and hours. In fact, it’ll give your laptop an additional 15 hours of run time. The powerstation is also intelligent. It knows just how much power to deliver to your device to allow them to charge as quickly as possible without overpowering.
Alcove Mobile Laptop Privacy Workstation
Perfect for those who work in public areas, Alcove keeps all your information private from spying eyes. It offers full obstruction on both sides so someone would have to literally be standing on top of you to see your screen. Even with its full-coverage design, it folds down compactly for effortless storage and transportation. Take it to the park, use it on public transport, or simply conceal your screen on office days.
90X Action Planner Notebook
With a boss breathing down your neck, some may find it hard to stick to deadlines. With the 90X Action Planner Notebook, you can set, meet, and even exceed your goals. It’s perfect for work and life goals as it offers more clarity on how to achieve just about anything. The tried and trusted system is designed to help you get there in just 90 days.
SatchelBord Truly Portable Workstation
One challenge remote workers often face is wanting to work in places that just aren’t work-friendly. The SatchelBord changes that. This portable workstation gives you a comfortable and supportive seat anywhere you think you might want to work. The seat offers plenty of cushion while the backrest eases your strain. There’s even a spot to stash your documents when you’re on the go. Plus, it folds down for easy storage.
Trooss Smart USB-C Charging Hub
Limited on outlet space? The Trooss Charging Hub transforms your USB-C laptop into an all-in-one charging system. In fact, there are ports for HDMI, Micro SD, SD, USB-C, and USB 3.1 for all your devices. It even has a spot to wirelessly charge your smartwatch so everything can remain safe and secure in once place. When it’s not in use, you can easily unplug it and stash it in your bag for later.
LaCie Portable 2TB USB-C SSD
Impressively compact and easy to take everywhere, this portable 2TB hard drive from LaCie is a digital nomad’s dream. It connects via USB-C so it works with any modern laptop and is essentially future-proof (well, for the next few years). Slide it into any pocket or bag to bring and access your entire library of files with you anywhere and everywhere. With 2TB to work with, you can store seemingly endless files right in your pocket.
Jabra Evolve 80 Professional Stereo Headset
Just because you don’t work in an office doesn’t mean you can get out of team calls. With the Evolve 80 headset, you can hear everyone on the other end crystal clear, even if you’re working on your commute. The comfortable ear cups will make it seem like you’re in an empty office. Plus, it has an advanced microphone with noice cancellation so they only hear you and not your environment.
HP Spectre 700 Wireless Rechargeable Mouse
While many put emphasis on your back and posture, having an ergonomic mouse can save your hand and wrist from pain. The Spectre 700 from HP offers an ergonomic cradle to the mouse for extra dexterity. It also has a scrolling wheel for quick navigation in any application. With a battery life of up to 11 weeks, it delivers extreme precision for any project (or game; we won’t tell!).
Lenovo ThinkVision M14 Portable USB-C Monitor
No one has ever complained about having too much screen space which is why the ThinkVision M14 is such a hit. Connecting to your laptop via USB-C, it gives you a full extra monitor whenever you need it. Just plug it in and get to work. You’ll be able to put multiple documents in front of you at once and see the entire spreadsheet without missing a beat. And, unlike other extra displays you’re used to, this one is totally compact and portable.
Umay Rest Thermal Meditation Device
Giving your eyes the much-needed break they deserve, Umay Rest delivers natural meditative heat to reduce eye strain and take away your stress. Simply lay down and pop this device over your eyes to feel the full effect in just minutes. The portable device also lasts a week on a full battery. Trust us; your mind and body will thank you.
Beyond Ink Luxury Smart Pen
Beyond writing, the Beyond Ink Pen is designed to integrate with your office essentials for a seamless workflow. It pairs a Lamy ballpoint pen with a stylus for working any surface. But it’s also a portable battery to keep your smartphone topped up. If that wasn’t enough, it also has built-in storage for up to 16GB of your files and documents. The all-in-one design still remains compact and slim as it looks just like a regular pen.
DeskView Lightweight Standing Desk
Have the best view in the world as your office with DeskView. It’s a lightweight standing desk that’s armed with high-quality suction cups. It can attach to just about any window you can imagine, meaning you can even have the best view in a regular office should you decide to go in. It also works with metal, tile, and stone, for virtually unlimited office views around the world. Incredibly, it’s also small enough that it won’t feel like lugging when you bring it from place to place. So, even if there aren’t any seats at Starbucks, you can still get to work.
Rocketbook Everlast Reusable Smart Notebook
Armed with 36 pages for your notes, doodles, and big ideas, the Rocketbook Everlast is a reusable smart notebook. You can write down everything you want and then instantly digitize all your stuff. Plus, this clever notebook is compatible with Pilot FriXion pens, markers, and highlighters, making it superbly convenient.
WonderCube 8-in-1 Mobile Essentials Cube
Some digital nomads work entirely from their smartphones. With WonderCube, it can be more efficient than ever. It combines a stand for your device, a card reader, emergency power source, and a charging port all in one. Exceptionally compact, this small device fits in even the smallest of pockets to keep you going.
Which of these would you prefer to use? Share with us in the comments below.
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