Packing Lists: Electronics and Gear


Living and working remotely doesn’t require all that much stuff. Pretty much a laptop will do. But we’ve got a few more bells and whistles with us because, well what can I say, we like our gadgets and they help us to do better work (and play…). So here’s our packing list of electronics and gear for living and working remotely. You’ll find this list along with lots of great insight from other world travelers in my ebook The Modern Nomad’s Backpack: A Guide to Packing Light for Round the World Travel.

Electronics & Accessories

Our electronics have enabled us to visit new places while still doing our work (i.e. income). But they are also the things that we have to make the most effort to protect. So a good rule about packing electronics is to pack as few as you can. We carry:

  • unlocked global smartphones
  • unlocked global simple phone
  • laptop
  • collapsible laptop stand
  • drawing tablet
  • point & shoot camera
  • waterproof camera
  • memory card reader
  • mp3 player
  • 2 e-readers
  • earphones
  • 2 flash drives
  • 2 headlamps with rechargeable battery unit
  • mini speaker
  • electrical outlet adaptor
  • surge protector

Why pack an mp3 player, e-reader, or point-and-shoot camera if we have smartphones? Good question. This is a little redundancy on our part. Losing a smartphone means compromised accounts and an expensive device to replace. We try to take good care of our smartphones. Mp3 players and e-readers are less expensive (and less important) than smartphones. Should anything happen to these devices (lost, stolen, dropped, water damage, sand damage), it’s not that big of a deal. As for the point-and-shoot camera, though some smartphones have amazing cameras, ours do not, and we wanted something that’s closer to the SLR experience. If you’re happy with your smartphone photos, you may want to skip the point-and-shoot. Phones are easier to carry and more inconspicuous for impromptu photos.

Electronics Pro Tip: Even with a universal adaptor, you can still fry your gadgets. It all depends on how much voltage that gadget was designed to take. You can buy transformers to change the voltage, but they are bulky, expensive, and not really worth it. Your best bet is to look at the itty-bitty fine print on your device before you even pack it. If you’re planning on taking something with a 110v limit with you to the EU, stop right there. It will die as soon as you plug it in. Though most electronics will say 110v-220v, which means it won’t fry when you plug it in.

Chelsea & Geoff Allen
Wander Monkeys in Europe from 2011-2012

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