Gear & Resources

Our Products

Trail Wallet – We created our iOS app, Trail Wallet, to track our travel expenses and help us stay on budget. It’s now been downloaded by over 80,000 other travellers! It’s quick and easy to use and makes travel budgeting fun. You can organise your expenses by trip, set a daily budget, and see how much you’re spending in the categories you choose. Instead of just hoping you’ve got enough money, know. Available on iTunes.

The Carry-On Traveller: The Ultimate Guide to Packing Light – My new book shares my tips and secrets to help you pack light and never check luggage again. We’ve been travelling with a carry-on backpack for six years and believe that packing light is the secret to stress-free travel. By travelling carry-on only, you’ll save time at airports, save money on checked luggage fees, and reduce the stress of hauling bulky bags. Available for Kindle on Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, or your local Amazon store.

The Carry-On Traveller Book

Resources We Love

Travel Insurance

True Traveller Insurance – True Traveller is the best value travel insurance we’ve found. They allow you to purchase insurance when you are already travelling and don’t require a return ticket, as many companies do, so they are ideal for long-term travellers and digital nomads. It’s only available for citizens of the UK and Europe, so for everyone else we recommend…

World Nomads – A very well-respected travel insurance company, who also allow you to buy insurance when you are already travelling. We used them on our first round the world trip—they are well set up for long-term travellers. It’s available for most nationalities, so it’s our top pick if you can’t get True Traveller insurance.

Accommodation

Airbnb – Our favourite site for renting apartments around the world. It’s especially good value in Europe and North America where a whole apartment is usually cheaper than a hotel. If you sign up using this link, you’ll get $35/£25 credit towards your first stay.

Booking.com – Our favourite website for searching for hotels. It’s easy to use, has lots of great deals, and unlike many hotel search engines, there are no booking fees or hidden costs.

break-free-the-ultimate-guide-to-housesitting-book-1024x691Break Free: The Ultimate Guide to Housesitting – We think housesitting is a great way for digital nomads to balance work and travel while saving money. To help you get started, The Globetrotter Girls Dani and Jess have written this detailed book that answers every possible question you could have about it from both a housesitter’s and homeowner’s perspective. 

cshowTrustedHousesitters – If you want to give housesitting a try, we recommend signing up with TrustedHousesitters, who have many listings around the world and will send you daily alerts with the latest house sits.

Travel Technology

TMA-HHD-coverHammocks and Hard Drives: The Tech Guide for Digital Nomads – An essential read for anyone who works on the road (or who wants to). Dave Dean’s Kindle ebook covers everything from choosing gear, setting up a robust backup system, security, useful apps, and more. The section on improving a WiFi connection is gold.

Backblaze – Backing up in the cloud is essential in case you lose your laptop and hard drive. We use Backblaze which only costs $5 a month for unlimited data and is really easy to use, automatically backing up everything on our laptops. The initial backup does take weeks (depending on your internet speed) but now new documents and changes are backed up quickly.

Dropbox – Another good option for backing up in the cloud, which we use for backing up our most important files. All our iPhone photos automatically get backed up to Dropbox using their camera upload feature. A free account gives you 2 GB of space and if you sign up with this link, you’ll get an extra 500 MB free.

Witopia – This VPN allows us to change our computer’s location so we can use Netflix and BBC iPlayer to stream TV whatever country we’re in, and access banned websites in countries like China. It’s also good for security, especially on unsecured networks. Sign up with this link and you’ll get a 15% discount.

Grammarly – I use Grammarly Premium to check all my writing. I’ve learnt so much about grammar and punctuation by using it. It’s simple to use, and you can install it in your browser so that it will automatically check any blog posts, emails, or comments you write.

For more of our favourite resources, see 60 Useful Resources for Digital Nomads.

Travel Gear We Love

Backpacks

We travel with just one carry-on-size backpack each. See a full review of our backpacks here.

Tortuga Travel Backpack – Designed by travellers for travellers, and it shows. The Tortuga is a spacious carry-on backpack that maximises the amount you can carry while still meeting airline size restrictions. It has excellent back and hip belt padding, a laptop sleeve, lots of pockets, and a simple neutral design. Simon loves it.

Osprey Farpoint 40 – The Tortuga is perfect for Simon but a bit too big for me. The Osprey Farpoint 40 is smaller but still has plenty of space, a laptop sleeve, and a very supportive frame and hip belt. It’s a popular backpack with many travellers.

Eagle Creek Specter Compression Cubes – Packing cubes are the secret of carry-on only travel. They allow you to keep your things organised and fit much more in your luggage. I love these super lightweight ones. Simon uses the regular Eagle Creek compression cubes.

Computer Equipment

As digital nomads, being able to work from anywhere is essential for us. This is the equipment we use and recommend.

Macbook Air 11 inch Laptop – The perfect travel laptop—powerful and fast but ultra thin and light. Erin loves it.

Macbook Pro Retina 15 inch Laptop – If you need more power than the Air, the Macbook Pro is ideal. Simon uses his for design and development.

Western Digital My Passport 1TB Hard Drive – Incredibly small and light yet sturdy, this is perfect for backing up when travelling (which you are doing, right?).

Photography

Olympus OM-D EM-5 mirrorless camera & 14-42mm kit lens – I switched from a Canon DSLR to a mirrorless camera in July 2013 and reduced my gear weight by 33%. I haven’t missed the SLR at all. In fact, the EM-5 is a much better camera, especially in low light. I think mirrorless cameras are the perfect compromise for travellers between quality and weight. You can read more about my move from SLR to mirrorless here.

Panasonic 20mm f1.7 pancake lens – I love this lens. It’s tiny, light and great in low light, especially for food photography. 

Other Technology

iPhone 6 –  We love it for the excellent camera, internet on the go, built-in GPS, and using it as a personal hotspot for our laptops when we don’t have internet. We bought it unlocked and use local pay as you go SIM cards. Read our iPhone 6 review and our favourite apps.

Kindle Paperwhite – A must for travelling bookworms. It saves a huge amount of weight and space in your luggage and gives you access to thousands of books, not just the John Grisham novels in the hostel book collection. Read our original Kindle for travellers review for more advantages and our Kindle Paperwhite review.

Clothes

Tieks – My favourite ballet flats—beautiful, ultra comfortable, and they pack up small. I love my vegan Brentwoods. They are pricey but worth it. Read a more detailed review here.

Bluffs – Travel trousers for men that actually look good. Read our Bluffs review.

Toiletries

We travel with just carry-on luggage so all our toiletries need to be under 100ml. These products make this easier and mean we aren’t lugging around heavy bottles.

Lush solid shampoo barsThese are small but last ages and work as both shampoo and shower gel. Best of all, they are solid so no chance of leaks.

Shaving Oil – A tiny bottle lasts Simon ages (nine months shaving every 2-3 days).

Riemann once a day suncream – This comes in 100ml bottles and lasts much longer than usual sun creams as you only need to apply it once a day. It’s great for water sports.

Mooncup – I think this is essential for travelling women. It takes up less space than tampons (and you don’t have to worry about finding them) and is better for the environment, your body, and your wallet.

Our Complete Packing List

To find out exactly what’s in our backpacks see our carry-on packing list. Also, check out our tips on how to travel with only carry-on luggage and our guide to the best carry-on backpacks.

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