Back in 2016, we shared the tech, bags and products that our team found essential for remote work.
This year, it’s time for an update and many new additions to our original list. Here are lots more gadgets, gear and other essentials our all-remote team can’t live without, including:
- Daily backpacks
- Travel bags
- Monitors, trackpads and computer accessories
- Cell phones and cases
- Journals and pens
- Home speakers
- Gaming systems
- Other work/life essentials
Read on for all our top recommendations!
Fjallraven Kanken ($80 USD): “Mine is an all-black backpack with a black logo and black strap, which looks really stylish! It also can fit two 15″ laptops, and it’s easy to pack things very neatly inside of it thanks to its boxy shape.” – Colleen
To check a bag or not check a bag? Our team is pretty split on the matter, but here are some of our recommended travel bags:
Away Carry-On ($225 USD) “Away Carry-On (mine is white; the contrasting colors are SO cool). Previously I would use a backpack and duffel bag, but I really prefer this hardshell luggage now that I have it. I use packing cubes for the inside, and the structured shape of the Away makes it so nice to pack. I also like that it lays open flat because both sides are the same size.” – Colleen
Monitors, trackpads and computer accessories
Sometimes the right accessories make all the difference in your workstation. Here are the monitors, stands and laptop accessories our team favors.
LG 25-in UltraWide Monitor ($150 USD): “I initially thought it would be a bit too wide but now it’s tough for me to go back to just working from my laptop. I love being able to have two full-screen pages open next to each other.” – Hailley
ASUS ZenScreen MB16AC 15.6″ Full HD IPS USB Type-C Portable Eye Care Monitor ($250 USD) “I originally thought it’d be great to carry around, but it’s a bit heavy and draws a lot of attention I still love it though; when I’m done at the end of the day I can put everything away.” – Juliana
Roost stand ($75 USD) This collapsible and portable stand helps lift the laptop screen to a more ergonomically-friendly height.
Wrist cushion ($9 USD) Helpful for on the go or at home.
Apple Airpods have taken the Buffer team by storm, ending the constant tangle of wires. (We’re pretty interested in the new Airpods Pro, too!)
Bose noise-canceling headphones are a close second choice!
Cell phones and cases
Pela Case ($45 USD): Compostable cell phone cases & no-waste screen protectors! It keeps my phone safe and the company is doing great things to keep plastic out of our oceans & waterways!” – Kelly
More than half of our teammates are toting around the 13-inch Macbook Pro. Over time, we’ve seen more and more teammates request the 15-inch for the extra real estate on the screen.
We’ve recently changed our internal recommendations to encourage teammates to get the more powerful and reliable MacBook Pro, so there’s plenty of those on the team, too. And there’s a lot of excitement about the new 16-inch MacBook Pro!
Journals and pens
While we’re a very tech-focused team, there’s still a place for paper notebooks (many teammates are fans of bullet journaling in particular).
Our team’s notebook of choice is the classic Moleskine.
We also give all teammates a notebook from Moo.com, a high-quality printer with a focus on unique design, as part of our team swag. It’s a beautiful notebook with cool features on some interior colored pages for unique note-taking or journaling.
When it comes to pens, our team favors fountain pens.
Nintendo Switch is the team’s most popular gaming device. Our team definitely loves their lo-fi board games, too. We often have small groups form and play during in-person meetups!
Other work/life essentials:
- A handful of LEGOs on my desk to play with when I need to think.” – Nate
- “Sunglasses! My eyes are sensitive to the sunlight so I struggle if I don’t have them with me.” – Dan
- “My air purifier – essential with pets and helps so much during allergy season!” – Kelly
- “Essential: high capacity mobile phone battery charger!” – Dave
Over to you!
What is your work setup like? What are your favorite travel or work items? Which is the one thing you can’t work without? Share a recommendation in the comments and help us expand this list!