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5 Writing Essentials Every Travel Writer Must Pack

If you’re a writer considering a digital nomad lifestyle, here’s a quick checklist of 5 essential items you must pack for your travel adventures.

1. A Roller Ball Pen

A reliable pen that captures ideas just as fast as they appear is an absolute must for any writer. A roller ball pen fits the bill – and makes a perfect travel companion.

Roller ball pens are designed like a ball-point pen, but with water-based refillable ink. This makes the ink flow faster, allowing the pen to glide smoothly on paper.

Be aware though, some pens are leaking nightmares. On our quest to locating the best roller ball pens, we found Arteza Rollerball Pens and uni-ball Vision Rollerball Pens worked best.

They also have a variety of colours – pick the exact color to fit your mood!

2. A Notebook

Now that you have packed your roller ball pen, have you found a notebook to match? You may consider typing into your phone or laptop, but notebooks and planners are a far more effective way of capturing ideas.

Firstly, they are less distractive. You can’t refresh your social notifications for the umpteenth time with a notebook. Secondly, you can go haywire with your ideas, and connect the dots later. Notebooks don’t judge.

They are also ideal for light-packing, especially if your travel destination calls only for the essentials. We have put together an entire post on the best planners to help you get started.

3. Noise-Cancelling Headphones

As a travel writer, you’ll soon discover that peace and quiet are life’s greatest luxuries. Everything from the low hum of an airplane to a sleeping passenger next to you can leave you feeling edgy and starved of great ideas. That’s when a pair of noise-cancelling headphone comes to the rescue.

Noise cancelling headphones put an end to distractions. They can filter out both low-frequency ambient sound and screaming kids to help stay razor focused on your work.

Sony WH-1000XM4 is by far the best option we came across on the market. For the price-conscious writer, we’d recommend the Anker Life Q30. It does a superb job from a low price point.

4. Mobile WiFi Hotspot

The unpredictability of public WiFi networks on your travel can be a real challenge. The frustration only amplifies if you’re leaving the American soil.

Travel expert recommendation is to take the Skyroam Solis mobile WiFi hotspot with you wherever you go. You can connect to multiple devices at just under $10 a day with no roaming charges. The batteries hold up all day long and it’s just as portable as your profession.

With this mobile WiFi, you don’t have to worry about costly hotel or airport WiFi charges. Just throw it in your bag and have uninterrupted access to everything online.

5. A Portable Safe

Travel writing is not all sunshine and rainbows. The risk of getting robbed when venturing into remote places is very real.

The old school solution is to carry your most important belongings like a second skin. There are other options too, like a safety lock, but if you are going to be staying in places without other security options, consider investing in a portable safe.

A portable safe provides on-the-go security to everything you choose to stuff inside its ultralight bag. Once closed and attached to an anchor point, such as a pillar in a hotel room, nobody can cut it loose or access anything inside.


Shafeeka Hafeez

Shafeeka Hafeez grew up escaping into a world of books where she discovered a love for writing and a fascination with trees. When she’s not taking up a new marketing skill, or typing out a blog post, you can find her Googling the best therapy for abandoned cats.

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December 27, 2020

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