10 Moving Tips for Travel Nursing Assignments
We do not need to beat around the bush. Moving is a pain. It takes time, money, and often quite a bit of stress. Most people go several years, or even their whole lives without moving. And even when they do move, they generally move within the same city, or at least the same state. For a short travel nursing assignment, travel nurses could be moving to a new state every couple of months. This requires short travel nursing assignment participants to be experts in moving. When using a recruiter, you will have moving support and even reimbursement options, but it does help to have a few tricks in your back pocket. As May is National Moving Month, here are 10 moving tips for short travel nursing assignments.
The most important part of your move is to know what you are walking in to. Either your recruiter, employer, or future property owner will be able to answer all of the questions you may have. What electronics will be on site? Is the home/apartment fully furnished? What storage is available on site? Do not be afraid to ask as many questions you may have. It never hurts to be over prepared.
The easiest way to curb the stress before your first day of work is to arrive as early as you can. You do not want to be resolving any housing issues during your first week of work. Arrive at least three days prior to the start of any short travel nursing assignment. If you have the luxury of arriving a week early, it is recommended to do so. Make sure to coordinate with the property owner to make sure you have permission to enter the property.
Take photos as soon as you arrive
Your most essential tool when you arrive to your temporary home is either your phone or a digital camera. Just like with a rental car, it is important to document any potential issues with the home/apartment. The sooner the property owner can fix the issue, the better. This also prevents any potential argument about whether something broke during your stay or it was broken when you arrived.
Know the weather
We are often tempted to over pack to account for any situation. When you need to constantly pack your whole life for a short travel nursing assignment, over packing is not an option. Knowing what the weather will be in your new town will give you a leg up when it comes time to pack. Moving to Chicago in the winter? It is probably best to leave the flip flops at home.
Compression bags could be the best friend of a travel nurse. These bags help add tons of extra room to your luggage by shrinking your clothes, blankets, pillows, and more. This allows you to bring more personal items if your new living situation is lacking in certain essentials. This should not become a reason to over pack, but can provide a positive assist in the process.
Order miniatures in bulk
When preparing for a short travel nursing assignment, especially when flying, it is important to remember not to pack liquids more than 3.4 ounces. Besides the flight requirements for liquids, there is also the risk of these larger toiletries busting open in your suitcase, ruining your clothes, and possibly your trip. One solution to this is ordering miniature versions of your favorite or needed toiletries in bulk. Amazon has a wide variety of these items available in bulk including shampoo, toothpaste, shaving cream, and more. If in a pinch, you can also purchase these items at a drug store like CVS or Walgreens, but you will pay more when not buying them in bulk.
Digitize important paper work
When you are constantly on the move, like for a short travel nursing assignment, the potential to lose or destroy important paper work is high. This is why it is important to make digital versions of these documents. This can be as simple as taking a photo with your phone or scanning these items and emailing them to yourself. Be extra careful when digitizing your more sensitive information so it does not fall into the wrong hands.
Utilize thrift/second hand shops
It is also important to note that you do not need to bring everything you own with you every time you start a new short travel nursing assignment. Most cities and even small towns will have some type of thrift or second hand shops. Here you can purchase clothes, home goods, electronics, and more. Many of these items are in pristine condition, but had to be donated due to someone else’s move. You can also pay it forward by donating items when it is time to move to your next location.
Leave behind a key
Before you leave home, especially in you live alone, leave behind a spare key somewhere hidden. The purpose of this is in case you need a neighbor, friend, or family member to enter your home for any reasons while you are gone. Make sure to take note where you left the key.
Enjoy the journey
Finally, make sure to enjoy the journey. You have the unique opportunity to travel all around the country, so it is important to stop and smell the roses. If you are driving to your new destination, add extra time to stop and explore along the way. When you have finally arrived in your new town, take time to experience the local culture and environment. Also, remember to take pictures!
Ready to put these tips into action?
We know the process of finding the perfect location for your next (or first) travel-nursing job can be tough, but we are here to help! If you are wondering how to find great short travel nursing assignments, it’s a snap when you work with a travel RN recruiter like MedPro Healthcare Staffing.
The experts at MedPro will help you find placements in the best cities for travel nurses. In addition, because we want each assignment to be your best yet, we offer the MedPro Experience® program—a personalized employee experience program that embraces and celebrates you! To learn more and begin your travel nursing career, contact us today at 1-800-866-8108, or apply here!