Deciding what to pack for your vacation or digital nomad adventure can sometimes feel like a game of chance. How much shampoo will I use? Do I really need my rain boots? This game gets even harder when you become a digital nomad and stay in places for 4-6 weeks at a time.

Through trial and error, we have discovered the gear, travel products and packing methods that work really well for us. Hopefully, what we have learned can be of assistance to you as well. 


Everyone has a different preference when it comes to what they need to work remotely, including each of us. R packs an extra screen while B needs a lap desk. There are a lot of really fancy products out there with really fancy price tags. We are not afraid to invest in good gear, but we have also found some excellent gear at Grocery Outlet Bargain Market (seriously). Here are a few things we like to pack on our digital nomad adventures across the U.S.:

  • Laptop desk. There are a lot out there these days. B uses one she picked up from the Family Dollar.
  • External laptop monitor. This makes R’s work life on a the road a lot easier. Plus, it is easy to pack along with her laptop.
  • USB hub splitter. For those times you need to use all of your gear.
  • Travel diffuser. If you don’t use a diffuser at home, this one is probably not for you. But we like our work spaces to smell good.

You need less than you think

Wondering how long travel toiletries really last? The answer is a lot longer than you think. Yay! You can pack less! And speaking of packing less, we share some tools and gear you will need to pack light as well as some packing light tips. Packing light is hard. But your back and your future souvenirs will thank you for keeping your luggage light.

travel-size toiletries from Target
Travel toiletries. You do NOT need to go crazy. These little guys go a long ways.

Packing is all about the weather

Ah the weather. It can often make or break a trip, especially if you do not have the right clothes and gear. If you are looking for advice on what to pack for different climates, we have posts on packing for cold climates, packing for medium climates and packing for hot climates (our least favorite). We even have a specific list or two, like what to pack for five nights in Puerto Rico

Faroe Islands what to pack for your vacation
You will want to be prepared for just about every type of weather in the Faroe Islands.

Finding what works and what doesn’t

Whenever we hit the road, we like to try out new clothes and gear. There are just so many travel products out there that could make a good trip even more enjoyable. But there are also a lot of duds. So we try out new things like foldable flats and then tell you how they treated us out on the road. If you have got a travel product you love or you want us to try, contact us and let us know. We would love to try it out too.

Choose quality over quantity

The right clothes and gear can make a big difference on how comfortable you are out on the road. They also help with packing light. But quality travel clothes and gear can also be expensive. So check out these 8 places to find affordable travel clothes for women. It may take some time to build up your collection of quality travel products, but you will not regret it once you do. Travel is so much easier with good gear.

Hiking Idaho what to pack for your vacation
Quality travel clothes and gear make a huge difference when you are on the road.

Don’t forget the little stuff

Safety first! Be prepared by creating your own travel first aid kit and remember these 10 small but useful things to pack for every vacation. We have heaps of stories about how some small travel product saved the day in a far off land.

What to pack for your vacation

Want to know more? Check out all our packing tips and tricks. With every trip, we are learning something new and we share it in the hopes that your next packing experience goes just a little easier than the last.