It is often said that all you need to be a digital nomad is a laptop and a stable Internet connection, but technology has evolved so much over the last ten years that I'm not sure this is even true anymore.
The price of 1GB of data is decreasing and new technologies such as progressive web apps and static-generated websites decrease the total amount of data you need to interact on the web. With even planning, a stable Internet connection is never an issue: I never had a problem publishing my daily post in more than a year of nomading, even when I was cruising in Ha Long Bay or lost in the mountains of Northern Vietnam far from any public Wi-Fi.
You don't even need to buy an expensive MacBook and fear of being robbed on the road. In fact, you can buy a Raspberry Pi, a keyboard, a mouse, and a monitor for less than $100 and all the hardware you need will still fit in your bag. You won't be able to play video games, edit Youtube videos, or do fancy 3D design work, but it will be enough to do written content marketing or web programming.
When you're working as a digital nomad, you often carry just enough to cover your basic needs, and you can't afford to lose your precious equipment. Making sure you're able to quickly recover from theft or trekking accidents, without losing sensitive data, is a definite must-have. Fortunately, we live in an age where we don't need our terminals to do much: we just have to leverage all the cloud services out there.
Big screens, for the average Joes and Janes of the world, are not only a waste of money, but also a waste of time: you can't focus on two screens at once, even with crossed eyes. Reduce the digital clutter, and learn how to use your operating system.