Travel Nurse Packing Tips and Checklist

If you are just heading out to your first Travel Nursing assignment you may be wondering, “What should I take with me?” Of course, you will need more than you would ordinarily take on a weekend road trip, but you don’t want to overpack. It is best to make a list of the things you will need in your new city. A list will help you stay organized and keep you from leaving behind important items you may need in your new location. Likewise, a list will help you decide the items you should leave behind.

Before You Start Packing

Before starting your list or packing, connect with your Recruiter and confirmhousing services the agency provides. They may have designated living accommodations that are furnished with the basics including a fully equipped kitchen with microwave, bend linen, onsite DIY laundry center, recreation facility such as a gym, vending machines, and / or parking if you need space for your car.

Research Your New Assignment Location

Research your new location before starting your list. Become familiar with the weather, shopping centers, and the tourist attractions you will want to visit in the area. This will help you decide the clothing and personal items you will need to pack.

Know the Travel Arrangements

You will need to know how you will be traveling to your new location. This will affect what you can take with you. Will you be driving, flying, or taking other means of transportation. This is important as it will determine the number of personal items you can carry with you. If you are traveling by car, you can load up the back seat and trunk. If you are flying, you may have to ship items to the new location. When it comes to expenses for shipping your personal items, speak with your Recruiter and find out which expenses will be reimbursed.

The Packing List

It’s time to make a Packing List when you know your assignment, have researched the city, and travel arrangements have been made. Check your list often.Step back and take a long look at your collection. Remove unnecessary items; don’t overpack. Remember, if you forget anything you can buy or borrow it in your new city.

When finalizing your packing, be sure you have included a few familiar mementosto help ease the feeling of longing for home– a pillow, favorite mug, blanket, plant, or something special as a reminder.

Now, Take a Deep Breath

Keep in mind, after afew traveling nurse assignments, you’ll be able to re-evaluate your needs and it will become much easier to pack for new assignments.

To help you get started, we have included a FREE downloadable Packing List (PDF). As you’re packing, keep in mind that our pack list is customizable. What’s needed by one person may not be essential for another. It’s all up to you, where you’re going, where you’re staying, the weather, and what will make you feel the most comfortable.

If you have weighed the advantages of becoming a Travel Nurse and feel it is the right path for you, Metasense can help you find your first or next assignment. If you need more information, your dedicated Recruiter will be available to answer any questions you have.

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