So you have decided to become a travel nurse and you are sent on your first assignment. All your paperwork is in order, so what is next? The next step is to make sure that you are properly packed. You may be surprised at the fact that this needs mentioning, but quite a few people who are involved in travel nursing forget about this essential. The reason for this is that packing for a travel nursing job is very different from packing for a vacation. As a travel nurse, you need to build a “home away from home”, and this means you have to be aware of what you have to bring.
Working with Your Agency
Your travel nursing agency should provide you with full details about what you can expect from your lodgings and accommodation. Some lodgings are fully furnished, with linen, towels, and kitchen utensils included. Some only include a few of those things, or even none at all. Hence, you need to know what you have to bring along.
Handy Tips for Packing and Settling In
There are some very good tips that you can use to make sure you pack properly and that you bring the right things those include:
- Making sure that you have plenty of vacuum seal bags, which will help you save on space, enabling you to bring larger items such as your favorite pillow or even blanket.
- Plan your itinerary, regardless of how you will get to your assignment. You need to know where you need to be and when, and how you will get there.
- Prepare some knowledge on every stop you will make along the way. Treat your travel period as a little holiday period.
- Once you arrive, practice the route between your accommodation and your lodgings so that you know how to get there. Pack your GPS system as well, in other words!
- Find out whether you can check in to your accommodation a few days before starting work, so that you can get used to your new surroundings. This can be very important if you are crossing different time zones. Also use this time to get essentials such as food to eat. If you don’t get that time, you may want to pack a few ready meals.
- Always bring your computer with you and make sure your loved ones have all your contact details.
- Research where in your new are your local library is. Look into whether there are any interesting local events that you can get involved in. Find out where your nearest ATM is as well.
- Have your travel nursing agency on speed dial. They are there to help you, know where you have come from and where they have sent you, and they are your lifeline. They are there to help and often even have a 24/7 emergency helpline.
Most of all, don’t forget to pack your sense of adventure and be prepared to have an amazing time!