Before I became a nomad, I was a total hoarder, especially when it came to clothes. I loved going to thrift stores to pick out gorgeous and unusual items that would inevitably be worn once and then tossed in the back of my closet. Most of all, I hated to throw anything away just in case I needed it in the future. As my travels drew closer, I realized that I was going to have to make do with one suitcase and one small backpack. How was I ever going to create a suitable travel wardrobe that would take me everywhere I wanted to go?
Don’t fall into the situation I was in; here are some tips to help curate a perfect travel wardrobe for your digital nomad life.
8.) Choose Your Bag Wisely
The suitcase or bag that holds your travel wardrobe will probably also be used to carry everything you own, so cutting costs is not a great idea. Priorities for choosing a suitcase include making it/them:
- Strong with a hard shell to protect it from rough handling at the airport.
- As light as possible so that you maximize the amount of luggage you can fit inside the weight limit.
- Wheeled – preferably four fully-rotational wheels that will allow you to pull the suitcase fully upright, as this will allow you to place your cabin bag on top of it, leaving you with a hand free.
- Equipped with a TSA lock so it won’t get damaged in the unlikely case that baggage handlers need to open it.
Always choose a suitcase that is covered by a warranty and make sure you register it and keep the receipt somewhere safe. Warranties won’t cover you for mishandling by airlines but will protect against any faults. Keeping your receipt will also help if you need to make a claim to an airline that damages your luggage.