Digital nomads who work while traveling need to keep their tech devices updated and in good shape if they want to succeed. Without them, their productivity could suffer and could cost them their jobs. Here are some tech must-haves for the remote worker:
Portable Wi-Fi Router
Internet connections at hotels, coffee shops, libraries and other public places can be unreliable. Having your own portable Wi-Fi router that allows you to wirelessly connect multiple devices at the same time can be a lifesaver.
You can buy a Wi-Fi hotspot, such as a Karma Go, for immediate online access. The easiest way may be through your smartphone, which allows you to create your own private Wi-Fi network wherever there’s cellular coverage. Check with your phone carrier for what type of Wi-Fi router service is offered on your phone.
Wi-Fi Range Extender
If you’re in a hotel where the internet speed is slow, it could be because you’re far from the router. A Wi-Fi range extender can help by increasing the coverage areas and boost the strength of slow connections in areas farther from the router.
You’ll need the network’s password and to at least be on the edge of the signal. You can use your hotel’s free internet network and password to connect the extender. A range extender can either plug into a wall socket to pick up the signal, or have a mini antenna that plugs into the USB port of your laptop.
Who hasn’t seen their phone or other electronic device die on the road due to lack of power? A portable charger is a must-have while working remotely, and will charge your phone and other devices on the go without you having to be near an electrical outlet.
Portable chargers come in all shapes and sizes, holding varying amounts of power. Find one that will fit in your pocket for easy charging, then upgrade to a larger one if you need it.
If you’re traveling outside of the United States, you may need an electric converter to plug your phone or other electronic devices into.
Electric plugs differ in some countries, and you won’t be able to plug your U.S. device into an outlet in Japan, for example, without a converter plug. It’s a simple thing to have, and one you don’t want to forget on a trip abroad.