Packing Tips and Tricks

There are so many things to think of, know about, and deal with when it comes to luggage and packing for one’s first Nomadic adventure. There are also lots of packing tips and tricks that one should keep in mind when one is traveling long-term

So, here are links to experienced Nomad’s websites and blogs to help you with this mammoth task, and to assist you with tricks that they have learnt over time.

Happy Packing!

7 Way Finders:

Chris, Leslie, and their 5 kids, packed up, sold everything, and left their regular life to travel the world in 2018. They’ve explored Asia, Europe, New Zealand, and South and Central America.

Their goals are to empower other families to travel more, to break the mould of society and expectations they feel like they “should” fill, and to really LIVE the way they want to.  They love their full-time travels and desire to be a platform for learning more about full-time travel, especially for families. 

They run several successful businesses and have become experts at balancing the family/digital nomad life. They want to show everyone that travel with kids is, not only possible but enjoyable! Check out their awesome jam-packed informative site here…

Ashlea is from Australia, she is a vegetarian and is super organised. She loves photography and exploring the world, having tried many different forms of travel from backpacking in hostels to luxury cruising, but she generally considers herself a budget traveller. Ashlea has been to 44 countries over 5 continents so far, with only Africa and Antarctica still unchecked! Her mission is to inspire people to live an adventurous and sustainable lifestyle. 

Read her post on how to squeeze your entire life into a backpack here…

Rachel and John are a travel-loving married couple with 4 young children. They have visited many countries in all corners of the globe prior to having children, and have always been keen to continue this lifestyle with their own kids.

In 2019, they made the decision to leave their lives behind and live full-time in their vintage motorhome, while they explored Western Europe and Morocco. Inspired to document and share some of these unforgettable experiences, they started an online family travel blog. They love the freedom and simplicity that this way of living brings, while also improving their sustainability and reducing waste

The blog also includes the Ultimate Essential Packing List for fulltime travelling in a van… 

Matthew Karsten has been traveling around the world for the last 9 years as a blogger, photographer, and digital nomad. Adventure travel & photography are his passions. Let him inspire you to travel more with crazy stories, photography, and money-saving tips. He will show you how to travel the world, to seek experiences over possessions, and open your mind to new possibilities. To visit places that you didn’t even know existed!

Here are his articles: the Ultimate Travel Gear Guide and the Best Travel Backpack Guide.

Lauren is a full time traveler and digital nomad, traveling for 4 years she has been to 48 countries. Through well-written travel stories, itineraries, and photos she hopes to inspire others to see the world in a new light, and explore it themselves.

Have a look at her beautifully set out website and read her informative post about her top 10 essentials that she travels with as a digital nomad

Nick and Dariece are Canadian Travel Bloggers with an aim to show others how to earn money online, on the road and on-the-go, so that they can make travel a bigger part of their lives. They have been traveling for over 8 years and their motto is: Keep your life on your back and get more back from your life!

There is lots and lots to have a look at on their website – like these very interesting and informative articles on choosing the best backpack for travel, and the essential travel items everyone should pack, and the ultimate packing list for full time travellers

Mike and Oshin have been full time traveling for over 7 years. This incredible blog is about where they go, what inspires them, and explains in a lot of detail the numerous ways how they consistently make money online to foot the bill on a travel-intensive lifestyle. Their primary objective is to help and motivate others to pick up a passport, get a remote job and explore it –to find balance and improve their quality of life.

Have a look at this article chock-a-block full of information about their digital nomad packing list.

Jodi Etternberg, quit her job as a lawyer in 2008 to visit Siberia. She planned to take only a year sabbatical to travel the world but never returned to the law. Instead, as a celiac, she ended up living the Nomadic Lifestyle with exciting work in food, public speaking, and storytelling.

In 2017, a botched spinal tap derailed her life and left her disabled. Her work and travels ground to a halt. Legal Nomads now reflects her new reality: she shares lessons from the road, and also how to cope with grief and chronic pain. And how to cultivate the resilience required to navigate tough times.

Legal Nomads remains a place to connect with others through curiosity and discovery.  Read her fantastic Packing Tips and Lists article here…

Fabienne and Ben are 2 bloggers, authors, and web entrepreneurs from the french part of Switzerland. After working for 2 years in Vienna, they left backpacking around the world for 19 months (2013-2015). This was a real “life changing” experience and they discovered during this trip what the words “freedom” and “flexibility” really mean.

Since then, they have been moving forward on the path of web entrepreneurship, embracing the digital nomad lifestyle

You can read their well-written article loaded with very helpful information on What to take on a Round the World Trip in your Backpack on their blog…

Gaby and Kristen‘s website is full of real, actionable information that guides you, step-by-step, into the digital nomad lifestyle – representing the idea of maximum travel with minimum baggage (and not just the luggage kind). One Bag Nomad exists to help you leave all the unnecessary behind and to save time by finding all the information you need in one place.

Peruse this awesome site and learn the finer details of being a Digital Nomad, and what to pack for long term travel.

Outbound Living was created to share the experiences of nomads living the van life. They aim to bring the van life community closer together and inspire others to live life on the road. They encourage people to challenge the norms of society, escape their comfort zones, and live a minimalistic lifestyle filled with passion, purpose, and happiness. Their mission: To create, curate, and share the most comprehensive and inspiring van life adventures. 

They have excellent stories, tips and how-tos e.g. read this list of van life packing essentials.

Jules and Ken are from It’s a small blog that they run about outdoors and travel adventures. They love spending time writing articles on the wild outdoors, an interest they are most passionate about. 

On their site they will provide you with the tools and information you need to thoroughly enjoy the outdoors.

Have a look at their very interesting article on the essential items that one should pack for Hiking and Survival Gear that one should always have on hand…

Paul Minors currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand. He is a digital nomad working as a Productivity Blogger and a Virtual Consultant. He is obsessed with productivity, automation, optimising his time and income so that he can live on his terms.

Click here to have a look at his fantastic website and read his post on how to pack for 6 months of travel.

Will Hatton has been an adventurer and entrepreneur for 10 years. He is passionate about real adventures; freezing peaks and steaming jungles, crashing waves and raging rivers; if it gets his heart pumping and his blood racing, he is down. The goal of The Broke Backpacker is to show budding adventurers how to ditch their desks, hit the road and discover the intoxicating levels of freedom that can only be found while traveling the world. Will believes that travel is the ultimate learning experience and that when you are out of your comfort zone, this is when you learn the most.

What a website! That’s all I can say… have fun reading Will’s post on the ultimate adventure packing list.

The Williams family are digital nomads, traveling full time, worldschooling their three children and currently exploring in an RV. They created their website to share their story, and to show more families that they Can Do anything and everything they set their minds to and take consistent action on in the present moment. 

Read about their tips for what to pack when traveling with children, when you click on this link.

This website is all about the travels of a family of four from Belgium. They say that the world is out there to discover and they can’t wait to see as much of it as possible. They want to discover all the magic that’s out there and share it with you.

Their website is family-orientated and wonderful to read. Be informed by checking out their posts on 10 essential steps for planning long term travel with kids, which includes what to pack.


Bex Band is a full-time adventurer and passionate conservationist. Her previous adventures include hiking the 1000km Israel Trail, kick-scooting the length of the USA and kayaking the width of the UK against plastic pollution.

Bex founded the Uk’s largest women’s adventure community Love Her Wild, has published a book Three Stripes South, and has reached over 1million people via her blog.

She has so much enthusiasm and knowledge to share. Have a look at her very informative articles about What to Pack for a Winter Expedition and A Hiking Packing List here…

Nora Dunn, originally from Canada, slow traveled the world full-time for 12 years (through over 55 countries and 5 continents), and still travels for half the year! She’s an expert on travel, personal finance (as a former Certified Financial Planner), and lifestyle design. She’s lived a variety of lifestyles by working in trade for free accommodation. Her location independent writing career takes care of the rest of the expenses. She has got a ton of content on her website. Since 2007, she’s perfected the art of traveling full-time in a financially sustainable way. If you’d like to learn how to do the same, then check out her brilliant site.

For her post on checked vs carry-on luggage, click the button below here… 

Ka and Katie Sundance and their 6 children are originally from Germany, but have now established a home base in Costa Rica for their world travels. They have been traveling with their family full time for over 15 years. Their fundamental aim is to show new and aspiring business owners, coaches and artists, how to transform their lives and businesses, to manifest more purpose, abundance and freedom!

Click this link to find out what they have to say about minimalist packing for traveling.

A family of four (Jason, Jenny, Arthur and Ezra) from the UK, who believe that global adventure travel should not wait until the kids are older. They offer honest and personal support and inspiration for like-minded parents. 

Read their advice about packing essentials for traveling mums by clicking on this link.

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Clothes, shoes, belts and hats packed >>> ✅ Now what about equipment for those of you that are Digital Nomads? Check out this page for the gear and gadgets that you need to pack to make life easier as a Digital Nomad:

Equipment for Digital Nomads to Pack

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