Travel Nursing 101: What to Pack

So, you just landed your dream travel nursing assignment and you’re so excited you can barely contain it. Next up on your list is to determine what to pack for the next 13 weeks at your new stomping grounds. You may think to yourself, “Where do I even start?”. But KPG Healthcare has your back! We went ahead and curated a list of the essentials to guide your packing.

-Your line-up of scrubs (Having at least one pair of black scrubs is definitely recommended)
-Casual clothes (Think jeans, tees, sandals) + Dressy clothes (For unexpected occasions)
-Workout clothes and swimwear
-Undergarments, sleepwear, socks
-Shoes for various activities and occasions
-Sweaters, coats and other layers
-Umbrella (Even if your assignment isn’t in a rainy location!)

Documents and Legal Items:
-Drivers License/ID/Passport
-Social Security Card
-Copy of Birth Certificate
-Credit/Debit cards and check book
-Copy of Travel Nursing Contract
-Auto insurance policy
-Car registration
-AAA card
-Copy of most recent physical and vaccine/titer history

Work Items:
-Copies of nursing license, credentials and documentation requested
-Phone numbers for nurse manager, new facility & your recruiter
-Lunch box
-Clipboard / Pens / Sharpies / Notepad
-Any first-day instructions
-Professional and personal books

-Cell phone
-Alarm clock
-Laptop, tablet
-Small radio or speakers

Comfort Items:
-Pictures of loved ones and happy memories
-Favorite pillows/blankets
-Little things that make your new place feel like home (Whether it’s your favorite mug or a painting you love)

We hope you utilize these suggestions as a guide that makes you even more excited for the next chapter ahead of you!

If you are yet to have taken the leap into your dreams of becoming a travel nurse that gets to explore all around the country, click the link below to have one of our awesome recruiters talk to you about our options:

The KPG Healthcare Team