Comprehensive Packing List for Your First Travel Nurse Assignment

If you are getting ready to set out on your first travel nurse assignment, you may be at a loss what you actually need to pack. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place. Ventura MedStaff is one of the best premier medical staffing agencies out there and we can help.

Our recruitment staff have plenty of experience with both the newcomers and seasoned travelers, and they are here to answer any questions you may have. So, what do you need to pack, then?

Research Your New Home Before You Head Out

Your temporary housing may be provided by the staffing agency, or you may find it on your own, but one thing you should ensure is that it has everything you need to live comfortably. The last thing you want is to arrive at your destination and see that some basic amenities are not provided.

The best course of action is to talk to the recruiters if you are opting for agency-provided lodging, or the property manager if you are finding your own place. This way, you avoid any nasty surprises. For instance, a fridge, TV, stove, and a microwave are a standard fare in most rentals, but you might still want to check.

Let’s Talk Clothing

The majority of travel nursing contracts last for a little over 3 months. Depending on the season, you may need to think well in advance. If your contract started in the early fall, you may only need a light jacket for the most part, but think in advance – your contract will end in late fall or early winter. Naturally, you can always buy new clothes, but if you really want to be ready, pack a variety of items.

Another thing to consider is where exactly you are going. If your contract is taking you to Florida, chances are that summer clothes will be all you need, but if you’re headed somewhere north, be prepared for some drastic temperature fluctuations and more varied clothes.

Travel Nurse Packing Essentials

Once you’ve packed the essentials in terms of clothes, it’s time to think about the items you will need for work. In most instances, you will need to get your own scrubs and uniforms (though you should discuss this with your recruiter and your new hospital administrator).

Another thing you might need to provide for yourself is your own personal stethoscope and masks. The pandemic might be winding down, but you still want to be safe, so make sure to get your own masks and face shields, until you see what your new medical facility provides. Bring your comfortable shoes and other work essentials too.

Don’t forget your important documents as a travel nurse

When you are moving away from home for an extended period of time, you need to make sure you have all of your important papers on hand, especially if you are going out of state (which most travel nurses do). This includes your travel nursing contract and other documentation provided by your new employer, but also your own documentation, such as your nursing license (especially if you have a compact license), and other documentation like your special certifications which might be required by the hospital.

Finally, apart from the documentation you will need for work, think about the items you will need in your personal life. This includes your banking information, your social security and health insurance information and your driver’s license.

Going out to your first travel nurse assignment can be quite an experience. Hopefully, this article will help you prepare for it as much as possible and help ensure you pack all the important items. If you have any more questions, feel free to reach out to us.



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