When you’re regularly on the move as a traveling healthcare worker, you need to be strategic about what you pack so you have what you need to efficiently settle in.
To prevent overpacking, always ask about your accommodations ahead of time so you know what to expect, as the housing for each travel assignment can be different. As a general rule of thumb, pack these five necessities for your next travel assignment.
The Right Clothing
Make sure you not only have the right clothes for work, but also clothes for when you're off the clock. Find out the dress code or uniform for the facility at which you'll be working so you have proper attire. Also, research the weather, such as average temperatures for the season and rainfall or precipitation amounts, at your travel assignment location and pack accordingly so you are adequately prepared, especially if your assignment is during a seasonal transition with regular temperature changes.
You never know how long it will take you to get settled in to your housing, so it's better to pack medicine and toiletries that you need every day instead of waiting until you get there to buy them. This way you're not scrambling to find the nearest drug store when you're trying to get ready for your first day of work.
Make sure you have any documents that are required for you to begin your assignment. Examples include: Driver's License, Social Security card, copy of birth certificate, nursing license or other credentials, and a copy of any new employee reference materials that you'll need.
Packing for a travel assignment gets a bit challenging in terms of household amenities, simply because what's offered can vary significantly on the housing package. Think about your daily routine and what items you'll need. If you aren't sure what your housing package includes, get clarification from the agency. Household amenities can include everything from towels to coffee machines to cleaning supplies to a television. Once you find out what your package offers, compare it to your daily routine and pack the items you'll need to take care of your personal needs.
Something From Home
Last but certainly not least, don't forget to bring along something that reminds you of home. This may include a framed photo, a scented candle, supplies/gear for a hobby, etc. You may only be at the location for a short time, but having some personal, non-necessity items from home can keep your spirits up and make your time there more enjoyable.
Working as a traveling healthcare worker isn't just a job, it's a lifestyle that allows you the unique experience of steady work and regular change of scenery. Find your next travel assignment with Cross Country Allied, a nationally recognized as a Cross Country Staffing company with an extensive network of clients throughout the country. Describe your ideal clinical setting or geographical setting, and we will find an opportunity that’s the best fit for you.
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