I’ve always been a believer that you can make any place in the world your very own office. Airplane seats, laundromats, libraries, backyards; as long as there’s a lap for my laptop, I’m good to go. The key word for working from anywhere is: adaptability.
For almost two years now, my home and office have been inside a 25’ Airstream with my partner, Isaac and Rico the dog. Needless to say, there has been a lot of adapting. From a workspace perspective, there are many things to consider in order to create a productive work environment:
Electricity: We often dry camp on public land where there are no water or power hookups. To power my laptop, I have a GoalZero Yeti 150 power bank that’s solar powered by a GoalZero Boulder 50 solar panel. If it’s not sunny, I have to resort to using a generator or going into town to power up.
Internet: Between Isaac and I, we have hotspot capabilities via Verizon, AT&T and T Mobile. Between the three carriers, we’re almost always covered in non-remote areas the US and Canada. There’s also a WeBoost cell booster affixed to the camper antenna (originally intended for TV), that helps give us a few extra bars in areas that have a weak signal. We never camp anywhere during the week without cell reception. To check cell coverage before we arrive at a spot, we use an app called OpenSignal that has a user-generated coverage map for each network.
Workspace: I work long hours on a laptop and have severe neck problems, so, while lounging on a couch or hunching over a coffee table is okay for an hour or two, it’s not a sustainable work habit for me. Isaac retrofitted a convertible standing desk in the camper which I’ve supplemented with a portable laptop stand, external keyboard and wireless mouse.
Alternative Options: There are some days when the landscape and environment are just too distracting, or the internet just isn’t fast enough to upload that big PDF I need to send off. I always like to be aware of my alternative options such as coworking spaces, libraries or coffee shops.
It takes a lot of research, work and – most of all – self-discipline to maintain a productive on-the-road workspace, but it’s definitely worth it when you look out the window and see a beautiful landscape.
Photos by: Isaac Miller Photography