A young man is pictured seated at a cafe. He has a laptop in front of him. He is wearing noise-canceling earbuds and is smiling at the camera while he works remotely.
These apps, tools, and tech will set you up for success while you work remotely. — Getty Images/ Mo Mo Productions

One of the perks of remote work is that you aren’t tied to a specific location, so you can work and travel around the country or abroad. However, this is only possible with the right tools and technology — here are 10 essential tools for digital nomads.

[Read more: How to Keep Your Remote Business Fresh and Creative]

Power adapter

If you plan to travel internationally, you'll need a power adapter to ensure your devices stay charged. A universal travel adapter allows you to charge devices in different countries with different electrical outlets.

Look for an adapter with different plug configurations and surge protection. That way, you won’t have to buy different adapters for each country you visit and can use your devices safely.

External power bank

A power bank lets you charge your devices on the go, which is essential when you're working from airports, coffee shops, and hotel lobbies. And if you're planning to travel outside the United States, you don't know what kind of access you’ll have to outlets.

Look for an external power bank that has fast charging options and can charge multiple devices simultaneously. And if you buy a solar-powered solar bank, you can power your devices even if there's a temporary power outage.

Portable Wi-Fi hotspot

If you don't have access to fast and reliable Wi-Fi, you'll have a hard time working remotely. Carrying a portable Wi-Fi hotspot ensures you can always connect to the internet, even if there's no Wi-Fi available.

Plus, public Wi-Fi networks are not always secure. Choose a device that supports high data speeds, has a long-lasting battery, and has good coverage in the countries you plan to travel to.


Workfrom is an app that helps you find a cafe, coworking space, or coffee shop where you can work. Every location listed has been vetted by Workfrom's global community. You can look for locations that are quiet or offer free Wi-Fi and read member reviews before you go.

A virtual private network (VPN) encrypts data and hides your IP address so hackers can’t steal your personal information.

Noise-canceling headphones

If you travel frequently, you can expect to work in some pretty noisy environments. Purchasing noise-canceling headphones can help you stay focused, no matter where you are. They can also be helpful if you have calls with co-workers or clients.

Lap desk

A lap desk can be useful if a desk isn’t available. It’s a flat surface with a cushion underneath that can rest comfortably on your lap and keep your laptop stable. And a lap desk is lightweight and portable, making it easy to travel with.


A virtual private network (VPN) encrypts data and hides your IP address so hackers can't steal your personal information. A VPN is especially important if you plan to use public Wi-Fi networks. Look for a VPN with a large server network and a strong connection speed.

Communication tools

Even though you’re working remotely, you still need a way to communicate with your team. Having access to reliable instant messaging apps and video conferencing software makes this easier. These tools let you share documents and slides and help you stay in the loop.

[Read more: 6 Tips to Improve Your Team's Remote Communication]

Password manager

A password manager is another way to improve your security while you're traveling. Password managers generate unique passwords for all of your accounts and store them in a secure vault.

This application reduces your risk of identity theft and prevents you from having to remember a bunch of different passwords. Look for a password manager that works across all your devices — the best password managers sync your mobile phone and laptop.

Productivity tools

You'll also need productivity tools to help you stay organized and focused while you're working. For example, note-taking apps like OneNote or Notion allow you to write down ideas on the go. And you can easily tag team members or share notes with a client.

You can also use time-tracking software to keep track of how you’re spending your time. Using your work time efficiently will make it easier for you to make the most of the travel experience.

[Read more: On the Road: 10 Must-Have Tools for Digital Nomads]

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