Outside Online: 7 essentials for working off the grid

WASHINGTON — Almost three years ago, when my wife, Jen, suggested purchasing and moving into an Airstream full-time, I was drawn to the plan but concerned about the logistics.

As freelancers—I’m a writer, Jen’s a photographer—we can work from almost anywhere, but would we really be able to stay connected well enough to keep up with the constantly shifting assignment schedule and deadlines? And was it really possible to keep all of Jen’s computers, drives, cameras, and electronics powered up in the field? We made the plunge despite my reservations, and our work hasn’t suffered a bit. An energy-efficient laptop (a MacBook Air, in my case) and a cell plan with unlimited data are probably the two most essential tools to our road-life careers. But we’ve amassed a collection of other gear that’s also indispensable.

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Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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