How To Pack The Bare Minimum As A Nomad Or Digital Nomad

Are you one of us nomadic souls who has chosen a life of travel? Well, if that’s a yes, you might want to take a minute and pay attention.


This is an essential packing guide for all digital nomads working online, as well as nomads living, traveling and working in different places around the world.

This packing guide will help you to travel with the bare minimum and find ways to get everything else on the go!


The Bare Minimum Packing Guide For Nomads

As a nomad or digital nomad traveling can be much easier when you pack light, so here is a simple 'bare minimum' packing guide for nomads!
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Choosing The Right Backpack

Most nomads tend to carry backpacks, even if they never go hiking.

Because backpacks are typically spacious, people also fill them up like they’re not going to find the things they need elsewhere.


But that’s not the case.

Choosing the right bag is essential because this will help you to determine how much you can carry and how much you should leave behind.

I recommend using rolling duffel bags as these offer enough space for everything you need (and not much more).

Bare minimum packing guide for nomads: Choose the right bag

Digital Necessities

If you’re a digital nomad, making room for your gadgets is essential.

Thus, when you’re traveling with the bare minimum, working out which gadgets you don’t necessarily need and which ones you absolutely can’t leave behind is important.

This will also help to determine which bag you choose to travel with and how much space you’d be left with for other things.

And if you’re sitting there wondering, “what is a digital nomad?” or you’re looking for ways to become a digital nomad, you should check out our list of the best travel jobs around the world…

These are perfect ways to support your nomadic lifestyle and give you full freedom to enjoy life.

Bare minimum packing guide for nomads: Choose only the essential gadgets

Packing Your Bag

There are plenty of things to consider when you want to pack light for long trips, but here’s a simple list to help you select and deselect a few of the basic things…

  • Carry plain clothes that weigh little and can be worn interchangeably
  • Don’t compromise on the quality of the clothes you bring as you’ll want them to last for as long as possible
  • Choose clothes that dry quickly so you can reuse them the same or next day
  • Just carry one pair of durable shoes that are versatile for your style of travel
  • Use packing accessories that save space and help you get to things quick and easy
  • Don’t pack bulky toiletries as you can get them wherever you go

Bare minimum packing guide for nomads: Organise the essentials

Getting Things As You Go

Our whole agenda here is to help you pack light and get things as you go. This is assuming that you’re not going through rough terrains where there is an absolute unavailability of food and basic necessities.

You first need to figure out what basic necessities mean to you and then find ways to organise them.

Being a nomad or even a digital nomad, you do have to compromise on certain things…

For example, you cannot carry all the luxuries you have back home. This means you might have to ditch your large collection of makeup, your expensive shampoo or even your favourite books.

That said, there are alternatives. For example, you could bring a small Kindle instead of a heavy pile of books.

Alternatives or not, becoming a nomad will offer you plenty of gifts through experiences you have never had before.

As a nomad you need to understand that you’re not going on vacation and do not need to prepare in the same way (for example, packing an outfit for every day). Basics like food, toiletries and even clothes are available in most locations.

Most nomads don’t typically stick to a structured itinerary while traveling, however, I do recommend having some sort of idea about the the places you want to visit for the sake of finding basic necessities with ease (food, water, toiletries, etc).

While you can still be spontaneous and all that jazz, this will help you to enjoy a smoother travel experience carrying the bare minimum amount of luggage.

And as time goes on, you will learn to sustain yourself with the little that you do have and make the most of the environment around you.

Bare minimum packing guide for nomads: Make a rough plan


One more thing you need to keep in mind while packing for your nomadic adventures is the accessibility of transportation.

If you’re not planning on traveling by foot or bicycle, it is important to research other ways to travel from one destination to another in advance…

The reason being is that this way, you can work out how to cover your basic necessities while you’re in transit as well as determine what kind of bag you’d use. For example, you wouldn’t bring a suitcase if you’re traveling by motorbike.

Bare minimum packing guide for nomads: Plan transportation


Nomads generally like to make the most of nature as it is the biggest gift of all and one resource we can all depend on…

Times when you fall short and don’t seem to have a way out, turn to your natural resources and they’ll have blessings to give you…

Not being dramatic here – this helps for real!

Every time you go somewhere, navigate how you can make the most of nature and you’ll come across interesting ideas to do so.

Bare minimum packing guide for nomads: Make use of nature

I’m curious… How do you pack the bare minimum for your nomadic lifestyle? Similar to my packing guide? What do you take and what do you leave behind? Have you ever had to resource back to nature? Let me know in the comments section below…

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