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2 Months, A 30 L Pack and 10 Pounds of Gear: A Packing List for Digital Nomads

Packing suggestions for media students, tech geeks and aspiring digital nomads

Here’s the situation: I am about to embark on an eight week trip across the United States and Canada. I’ll mainly be in cities and it’s summer right now (so no camping gear/winter clothes needed). I am also a media student and want to make some cool videos and take some beautiful pictures for my blog and to beef up my portfolio. I want to travel with a carry-on.

So I was faced with a bit of a dilemma: How do I haul all my equipment and all the essentials for a 60 day trip? This packing list is the solution I’ve come up with.

My Tech Gear

This is all my tech gear

My Tech Gear

Computer: HP ProBook 5330m

I’m bringing my 15 inch HP laptop to edit videos and photos and write blog entries. It’s also great for watching Netflix on a rainy night. It works just fine but I wish I had one of those ultralight laptops to save some weight. Of course I’m also bringing a charger for it and a little wireless mouse.

Camera Gear

Canon T4i (or 650D)
I love this camera. It’s a little big for minimalist packing but I need it to get those high quality shots.

50mm 1.8 Canon Prime Lense
This lense is nicknamed the Plastic Fantastic. It opens up super wide which means it’s great in low light and gives you that yummy shallow depth of field. It’s also great for travel because it’s small and light.

Panasonic HDC-TM700 Camcorder
This is a fantastic little camcorder that I’m bringing for quick on the go video or if I need a second angle.

Camera chargers and one extra battery each

I have a cable that fits both chargers which is helpful. I was afraid I would be travelling with 100 feet of wire.

Rode Videomic
For better quality audio. The built in mic, especially of my DSLR kind of sucks.

Velbon Ultra Travel Tripod
It is quite hard to shoot handheld video with a DSLR so I’m bringing this little travel tripod.


Lacie 500GB Rugged Hard Drive
These are really robust hard drives and I’m confident it will withstand live on the road.

SanDisk SD Cards
These are great quality – fast and reliable. I’m bringing two 16 GB and one 32 GB

Card Reader
Stupidly, my laptop’s built on one doesn’t work.

Assorted Other Stuff

Collapsible Headphones
Multipurpose Charger
ISY External Phone Battery
Power Adapter
Pocketbook Touch E-reader and case



3 tank tops                          2 pairs of shorts

1 pair of pants                     5 pairs of underwear

1 bra                                  3 pairs of socks

1 long sleeved shirt             1 sweater

1 bikini                               1 ultralight rain jacket

1 scarf                                1 pair of flip flops

All of these things except the sweater and flip flops fit in 2 Ebags Slim Packing Cubes.

packing cubes sleeping bag

Packing cubes are magic!



Must. Not. Forget.


Nature Hike Ultralight Sleeping Bag

My Bags

Timbuk2 Command TSA-Friendly Laptop Backpack

It’s a great 32 L pack that fits all of the stuff listed above except my camera. Sadly doesn’t have a hip strap. I’ll have to see how happy I am with that in the long run as it could get a bit rough on the back and shoulders.

My camera bag is a Crumpler Muffin Top which I don’t think they make anymore but Crumpler still make great camera, laptop and other bags.

And last but not least: a Penny Board to explore the concrete jungle and improvise dolly shots.

Penny Board Timbuk2 Command Laptop Backpack

Tada! All packed!

Happy travels!

Julia Rabe

Universität Leipzig | 9 stories

Julia is an American Studies major at Leipzig University in Germany. Currently she is studying abroad at Ohio University. This summer she will be traveling through the United States and Canada before returning home to Germany in the fall. In addition to travel, Julia is passionate about video-making, her internet addiction and trying not to fall off her pennyboard.

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