Whether it’s your first travel nursing assignment or your 100th, packing for your trip can be a stressful process. Thankfully, there are lots of ways to make packing easier and more efficient.
Read on for a list of GIFTED’s packing tips for travel nurses!
Create a Packing Strategy Based on Your Assignment Length
The average travel nursing assignment is 13 weeks, but contract lengths can vary. Some travel nurses take 4, 6, and 8-week assignments, or spend up to 26 weeks on assignment due to contract extensions.
The length of your assignment will determine how you pack.
Research Your Assignment Location
It’s important to understand what kind of weather and activities you’ll find in your new city. For example, packing clothes for a variety of weather events and temperatures is more useful for Chicago or Seattle than it is for Los Angeles.
Make sure you prepare for the common weather and seasonal changes you may encounter.
Study Your Habits
You can pack more efficiently by observing things you use daily or weekly. Spend a week making a list of your habits – you may be surprised about what you see.
By eliminating things you assume you use but actually don’t, you can streamline your packing process and avoid bringing too many items.
Ask Your Agency for Detailed Housing Information
If your agency provides housing, ask them for specific details. Terms like “fully-furnished” may not provide furnishings, silverware, or cleaning supplies that meet your expectations.
Once you know exactly what your agency-provided housing will include, you’ll know which household items to bring with you or purchase when you arrive.
Consider Packing Cubes or Containers
Packing cubes are small bags designed to neatly organize clothes inside of luggage without causing wrinkles or misuse of packing space. Check out Smarter Travel’s list of the “6 Best Packing Cubes Ever” to find the right one for you.
If you’re driving to your assignment, storage containers might be a better option than luggage. They’re better at protecting fragile items, and buying clear containers will help you avoid misplacing items while unpacking.
Create a List of Things Leave Behind or Purchase When You Arrive
Items like bath towels, toiletries, and electronics are unwieldy and take up a lot of space.
Affordable towels and toiletries can be purchased when you arrive, and consolidating electronics will free up lots of space for more essential items. Also, when it comes to books – consider bringing an eReader or just using your smartphone instead.
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