Seven Things You'll Probably Forget to Pack on Your Next Travel Assignment

Cross Country Allied
Cross Country Allied
November 21, 2017 08:49 AM (GMT-04:00)
Traveler Tips
If you’re considering a new assignment, such as an occupational therapy assistant job, you’ll want to become a well-prepared traveler. After all, there’s nothing more frustrating than finding yourself on the road without a necessary item.
Even the most seasoned travelers forget to pack items. But it’s typically not the driver’s license and smartphone that get left behind.
These seven items won’t likely be top of mind for your packing list, but should make the trip.

Water and Snacks

The thought of a long road trip without your favorite tunes might make you cringe, but dehydration is a much more serious problem. By packing bottled water and light snacks, you can make the trip with a clear head and avoid the call of convenience store sweets. Great road trip snacks include:
  • Trail mix
  • Cereal bars or protein bars
  • Almonds
  • Dried Fruit
  • Beef jerky
  • Juice boxes

First Aid Kit

Frequent travelers know minor cuts and scrapes are bound to happen. Why not be prepared with a travel first aid kit? You can purchase a pre-packaged kit or put together your own.
Make sure it includes:
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Anti-Itch cream
  • Pain relievers, such as ibuprofen
  • Disinfectant wipes and cream
  • Digestive remedies
  • Tweezers and small pair of scissors

Prescription Medicines

A few days before your departure, check your supply of prescription medicines. Make sure you refill as needed, before hitting the road to avoid a hassle.
Always pack your medicines in their original prescription containers, rather than only packing a few pills for the trip. The medicines will be clearly labeled, should there be any questions, and if your trip is extended, you won’t have to worry about running out.


While you should definitely check the weather forecast for the area you’ll be visiting, mother nature has been known to be unpredictable. Bring a large umbrella to stash in your vehicle, as well as a compact umbrella to keep with you.
It’s not a bad idea to bring extra clothing, such as a jacket or sweater, in case the weather takes a turn.

Laundry Bag for Soiled Clothing

A bad apple spoils the bunch. Similarly, a dirty pair of socks can spoil your suitcase. Even if you plan to do laundry while on your trip, there will be those last-minute items you can’t get in the wash.
The empty laundry bag won’t take up any extra room but can save you from having a suitcase of smelly items on your return.

Chargers and Cords for Electronics

Stash your essential electronics and their power-supplying counterparts in one bag if possible. This makes it easy to match items to their chargers and cords and spot anything missing.
If you travel with a laptop, consider extra batteries for any accessories such as a wireless mouse or keyboard.


While this may seem unnecessary, it could be a lifesaver. Travel with a small stash of cash tucked away discreetly and separately from your wallet or purse. In the event those items are lost or stolen, you’ll have the cash to help you through.
While we hope it never happens, travelers have been known to arrive at a destination, only to find their bank cards have been frozen due to seemingly suspicious charges. It can take days to resolve this issue and without cash or another card, you’re stuck.

Apply for Your Next Travel Assignment with Cross Country Allied

Where will you go?
Search for opportunities with Cross Country Allied, we have travel allied jobs in many cities across the nation, and choose where you’d like to go on your next travel assignment. If you decide to go alone, we can help with travel and housing arrangements, or you can plan it yourself. Apply online or contact us today!

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