9 Essential Tools to Help You Work Remotely

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Having a completely portable desk can be a dream or a nightmare. Although you can work in any café or hotel lobby of your choice, a forgotten item or a broken internet connection can make your work day a lost cause.

This is why it is important to always have on hand your essential toolbox for remote work. When you have everything you need in a portable form, your working days become all the easier. There are things that can make your remote work days smoother no matter where you set up your “office”.

Ready to simplify your work day? Here are some of our favorite tools to help you spend a day working remotely, wherever you are.

A portable hotspot

If you still use your phone when the local connection does not cut it, you will burn data and battery life at an alarming rate.

A Mobile access point gives your phone a break and provides internet connection when and where you need it. In addition, hotspots can support more devices than most phones. If you meet friends or colleagues for a coworking session, you will be the star who has brought the reliable Internet. These are not cheap and you will probably have to pay for a dedicated data plan for the hotspot, but this beats the stress on your phone and paying extra fees.

A portable hotspot

Power Strip

Of course, you can always bring your portable charger with you (and you probably do). If you use multiple devices, however, you may want to take things a step further with a travel size power strip.

This way, you won’t have to monopolize a socket for all your devices. You will probably also get networking opportunities when others will inevitably ask if they can also connect to it.

Compactable power strip

Noise canceling headphones

Noise canceling headphones are a classic necessity for remote workers. When you slide them over your ears, you can instantly ban almost any annoying sound anywhere in the world.

Not a fan of heavy, old-school headphones? Try an elegant noise canceling headphones instead of. If you often make professional calls, you can also consult a noise canceling headphones. Noise cancellation works for the other party to the call to make sure your voice is clear.

Noise canceling headphones

Portable white noise machine

If you’re easily distracted but don’t want to wear headphones all day, a laptop white noise machine could be your saving grace.

Of course, if you are in a public place, you cannot subject everyone around you to sound. However, if you work in a hotel room, or in another private location, where you have noisy neighbors or street noise, this device may be just what you need. You can also use it to help you fall asleep.

Portable white noise machine

Mobile scanner

If you often have to search desperately for the nearest library or printing and shipping center to scan documents, why not save yourself the effort with a mobile scanner?

You can easily store these small devices in your work bag and scan all the documents your heart desires from anywhere in the world.

A mobile scanner

Light blue blocking glasses

No matter where you are, a long day’s work in front of a screen weighs on your eyes. the blue light Technological devices are known to disrupt sleep, cause eye strain and other problems.

Blue light blocking glasses seem to help some people. If you often experience eye strain, tiredness, irritation or other symptoms that can be caused by blue light, take a pair of these glasses and see if they do not reduce the problems.

Elegant blue light blocking

Lap Desk

Sometimes you may not have access to a desk or table in your remote workspace. Fortunately, a tower office can transform any old sofa or chair into a mini-desk for the day.

Laptops are designed to comfortably hold your laptop and a few other essential accessories on your lap while you work. They are much more comfortable than balancing your laptop on your knees. In addition, some include practical extras, such as mouse pads, phone holders, etc.

Lap Desk

Portable desk lamp

If you find yourself in a poorly lit workspace, don’t suffer in the dark! Mobile, wireless desk lamp can provide you with all the light you need, even if there’s nowhere to plug in.

Trust us, it’s much better than trying to point your phone’s flashlight where you need it.

Portable lamp

Travel planner

Sometimes the best solution is to keep it simple. While the technical accessories are great for teleworkers, don’t forget the good old-fashioned analog tools.

A chic, travel planner is one of our favorite non-technical work accessories. It allows you to take notes quickly. In addition, your notes will not be buried in the depths of an application on your phone.

We like an agenda with pockets, so you can keep track of all loose papers while you’re in transit.

Travel planner


Of course, the best remote work tools for you are the ones that make your work easier! These are just a few that we use regularly or have on our wish lists.

Interested in some remote working tips? Don’t forget to check our favorite remote workspaces!

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