Southeast Asia is always a delightful destination because there are always good views, good food, and good energy. It is also one of the best places on earth for digital nomads because there is so much to explore in the region. One of the best tips when it comes to traveling to Southeast Asia for all digital nomads is to pack smart, but what exactly do you need to pack? Here are some of the things that all digital nomads should have in their bags when they are in Southeast Asia.
One item that will always be on a digital nomad’s packing list is a good camera. Everywhere you go in Southeast Asia, there is always an amazing view that is ready to be captured, which is why you will need a trusty camera on hand.
You can pack your favourite DSLR with you to ensure high-quality images for your website or your social media accounts, but mirrorless cameras are the better choice for travellers. The camera is not only lighter, but some models also have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity options for wireless photo transfers. You can also opt for action cameras like a GoPro camera if your content is more geared towards the outdoors.
Smartphone with a Good Camera
All smartphone users, including digital nomads, can agree that smartphones are important devices, for both work and leisure. Your best bet for a smartphone is a model that has fast and stable connectivity options so that you can always stay connected to your social media accounts. You will also need the Internet for other must-have travel apps like maps and translators. Besides that, you might want to consider a smartphone with a good camera setup like an iPhone 12 or a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. Some great moments go by too fast, which is why you must have your smartphone with you to catch the moment as soon as it happens.
Laptop or Tablet
Most digital nomads make travelling their work, so it is important that you have a reliable laptop to make working on the go easier. You can find plenty of reviews and suggestions for laptops that are perfect for digital nomads. You can also opt for a tablet instead of a laptop because they are more portable and are compatible with stylus pens. The popular iPad which is most convenient for Apple users, or the more budget-friendly like Huawei MediaPad, are a few examples of great tablets for any digital nomad. However, you should choose the model that works the best for you such as one that is light-weight or comes with a fast processor.
External Hard Drives
Everyone knows the importance of keeping a copy of every data you produce, and for digital nomads, this is especially important because their livelihood depends on the images and videos that they take. The best way to store all your files is with an external hard drive and you can easily get one from any retail store. There are plenty of brands to choose from, including Transcend and Western Digital and they are offered in a variety of storage options. Besides the storage space, you should also choose an external hard drive that has a fast USB connection and has a durable and sturdy exterior.
Big cities in Southeast Asia might not be the quietest place to work, so if you need to focus on your work or just want to get some peace, you will need a good pair of headphones. There are tons of brands and models to choose from, and some even offer noise cancellation capabilities to better block out any unwanted sounds. If you want to save some space in your backpack, you can also get in-ear headphones because not only they are smaller, but they also offer high-quality audio. There are various choices out there, depends on which features you need. For example, the Apple AirPods have always been the popular choice among Apple users, but there are also Sony’s outstanding in-ear headphones and Samsung in-ear headphones with unique designs. They are some good in-ear headphones you can consider, as long as they work for you.
Portable Battery Pack
Being a digital nomad means that you will be carrying multiple digital devices with you, and they can take up a lot of power. Once these devices run out of power, you will need to charge them up. A portable battery pack is great for digital nomads because you would not have to look around for a power outlet just to charge your phone. A 10,000mAh portable battery pack is already enough for the average user but, you can also get the 15,000mAh or 20,000mAh option to get more use with one full charge.
You cannot rely on your portable battery pack for every device you own. Eventually, you will be using a power outlet for your electronic items, and different Southeast Asia countries use different sockets and plugs, so you should always keep a universal adapter in your bag. That way, you can easily use the power outlets without worries. You can always pack a power strip if you have multiple electronic devices that need to be plugged in or charged.