A Packing Guide for the Digital Nomad

Whether you are an inspiring digital nomad, hoping to embrace minimalism, or just like reading my blogs (in which case you might need to find a new hobby), here are my best tips and tricks for traveling light.


1. The bag(s)

Since the airlines implemented the pay per bag policy, I have experimented with different ways of avoiding paying those fees because I’m frugal (*ahem* cheap!). Doing carry-on only requires a little extra planning and strategy but it is well worth the time saved at the arrivals gate and the precious pennies saved.

Faux leather purse by Ivy and Fig
Water-resistant backpack by Modernist Look

2. The Clothes

This spring I was introduced to the world of Encircled. This Canadian ethical fashion company has completely revolutionized my wardrobe. With the five items in my first purchase, I managed to go and ENTIRE month without repeating a single style/combination. Soft, comfortable, versatile. I’m a big fan. Spend all of your money* there... it’s so worth it. 

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  • Chrysalis Cardi (scarf, skirt, cardigan, dress, etc - a must have! One item, 8+ possibilities)

  • Revolve Dress (multi-way dress or long-sleeved top)

  • Basic tee

  • Dressy sweatpants or jeans (combine with the denim jacket you get a "Canadian tuxedo" - voila!)

  • Denim jacket

  • Socks & undies

  • Bathing suit

  • PJ’s

  • Two pairs of shoes (ratty old sneakers for sightseeing and boots when I want to look like less of a slob)

Now, roll those bad boys up and cram ‘em into your backpack!

Chrysalis Cardi as a romper

Chrysalis Cardi as a romper

Chrysalis Cardi as a cape

Chrysalis Cardi as a cape

Chrysalis Cardi as a scarf

Chrysalis Cardi as a scarf

Chrysalis Cardi as a one-shoulder dress

Chrysalis Cardi as a one-shoulder dress

3. Day-to-Day essentials

  • Hygiene products & makeup

  • Hair products

  • Toothbrush & paste

  • Glasses, contacts & solution

  • Sunglasses

NOTE: This category can be the most tricky with carry-on due to the restriction on liquids and gels. As a proud DIY gal, I make most of my beauty products. The rest I put in teeny regulation-sized containers. I have not yet found a good way to transport contact solution without purchasing those single-use plastic bottles. Suggestions are welcome if you know of a better (and more environmentally friendly) way!

4. Travel essentials

  • Passport

  • Wallet & foreign currency

  • Converter/adapter

  • Water bottle

  • Ear plugs

  • Compact umbrella (if you bring it, odds are you won't need it. And if you do... well then, you are covered!)

5. Work & flight essentials

  • Laptop & charger

  • iPhone, EarPods & power cable

  • Journal (for my to do list, reflecting, and new ideas) and pens

  • Books (A Kindle for extra space-saving, however I’m all old school and prefer real books)

  • Portable charger

  • Business cards

Not pictured: flight outfit & shoes

Not pictured: flight outfit & shoes

Ready to board!

Ready to board!

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Now, don’t forget to set an alarm for the early morning flight! You don’t want all this hard work to go to waste. Do you have any must-have essential not on this list? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Bon voyage!