Did you know that nvm supports a list of default global packages to include when installing a new node version?

Default global packages from file while installing

If you have a list of default packages you want installed every time you install a new version we support that too. You can add anything npm would accept as a package argument on the command line.

 # $NVM_DIR/default-packages

rimraf
object-inspect@1.0.2
stevemao/left-pad

Personally, I use this to make sure gulp-cli is installed in new node versions.