Being a Bitcoiner is as simple as owning any amount of BTC, and that’s that. But as you go further and further down the rabbit hole, you’ll see how much more this revolutionary technology has to offer, and you’ll be eager to get your hands on everything that can help you Bitcoin better. There are so many fascinating products and services out there that enhance the experience of using Bitcoin in multiple different ways, that you’ll never see this magic internet money the same way again.
To help new and seasoned Bitcoiners alike round out their BTC gear collections, I have compiled the below list of must-have equipment to help you participate more fully in the Bitcoin network, better protect your BTC HODLings and generally become a better Bitcoiner.
1. Hardware Wallets
Hardware wallets are absolutely essential for every Bitcoiner to have, no exceptions. Why? Because if you keep your coins on an exchange where you do not control your own keys, it’s a disaster waiting to happen. If you don’t control your private keys, then someone else does, and you don’t really own those coins.
2. Full Node In A Box
Having a full node is an absolute must after you obtain a hardware wallet because you can use them together. When you have a full node linked to your hardware wallet you can verify everything that goes in and out of your wallet yourself, without ever having to trust anyone else to do it for you. Anyone with a full node can check the exact supply of BTC at any given time, which isn’t possible to do with certain other cryptocurrencies. You do the math, you run the numbers.
Knowledge is power and one of the best ways to obtain knowledge about Bitcoin is through reading. Reading allows you to see things from a different perspective and make better decisions for yourself based on the knowledge you’ve gained. It’s the small things — such as reading vs. watching TV — that separates the winners and losers in life. Don’t get caught on the wrong side.
Learning about Bitcoin via the right books is absolutely critical to your education because you can not rely on traditional methods of schooling to teach you about such a new and revolutionary technology. Schools tend to force Keynesian garbage down students’ throats and rarely teach the Austrian Economic principles behind Bitcoin. Governments and mainstream news outlets will bash Bitcoin every chance they get, so always DYOR.
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) provide security and privacy where you may think it wasn’t needed before. VPNs give you the upper hand over hackers or government surveillance because your VPN makes sure your location is unknown, all of your data is encrypted and you can browse the internet anonymously.
As a Bitcoiner, you will find yourself listening to A LOT of podcasts. There are multiple benefits to listening to Bitcoin podcasts such as: keeping up to date with the latest news, learning new things about the technology and getting to know other Bitcoiners better. There are so many great pods out there that you’ll find yourself squeezing as many episodes as you can into your daily routine.
Investing in a nice pair of headphones can make listening to podcasts a more pleasant and enjoyable experience. You may find yourself absorbing more information with high quality, comfortable and clear-sounding headphones, compared to low quality, uncomfortable. and fuzzy sounding headphones.
These are five items that are commonly owned amongst Bitcoiners and that many now find themselves unable to function without. When paired with Bitcoin, each one of these products can be key to one’s financial sovereignty, education and privacy.