How to Travel to an Assignment
They say life is a journey, not a destination. And while your ultimate destination in this case is an awesome travel nurse job, you definitely want to get your journey started on the right foot by being smart and savvy about how you make your way there.
On this page we'll share some tips for travelling to an assignment, but first, check out this quick video to see how NOT to travel to an assignment.
Ummm, talk about baggage. We're pretty sure you have more suitable luggage than that!
The majority of Travelers drive to their assignments. That way they have a vehicle for transportation around their new city and for days-off excursions to explore surrounding areas.
Here a few tips for how to travel to an assignment — without having to stick out your thumb!
Getting ready to travel to a new assignment is exciting — and it doesn't have to be stressful. A good way to avoid any anxiety is to be prepared.
First, consider your housing situation and figure out what you need to bring along. If you took housing from your company, you should be moving into a fully furnished abode and only need to bring your personal items and anything else you want. It's a good idea to double-check with your recruiter or the housing department to find out exactly what's included in their housing. If you took a housing stipend, keep in mind that you will need to bring along ALL of the little day-to-day belongings and tools to furnish and run your new home.
When packing remember that most anything can be replaced if necessary, but don't forget to bring the things that can't be right away, such as all of your relevant paperwork, identification, and medication. Also, be sure to consider climate when packing clothes. You want to be fully prepared, but you also don't want to be bogged down with too much stuff; so pack smart!
If the city you're going to has amazing public transportation you may decide to leave your vehicle at your permanent address. If you're thinking about flying or taking a train or bus, you will first want to research the public transportation in your new city. Make sure that it's going to be a viable option for you to get to work and around the city in general, and that if you want to rent a car for an adventure on your day off you are prepared for those rates. (Check with your agency, as some will offer Travelers a rental car discount.) Depending upon your situation and mode of transportation you may want to have luggage shipped separately — price it!
If you're driving, which most Travelers elect to do, determine the best route (mapping websites and apps are great for this!) and find out if there are any roadside attractions you want to make time for along the way. Be sure to leave yourself ample time to get to your assignment and get settled into your housing before your first day. Having a roadside assistance, such as AAA, is a really good idea for travel nurses. Beyond that, always travel with a car emergency kit that includes paper maps in addition to any GPS, jumper cables, water and some non-perishable food, first-aid items, an LED flashlight, a spare tire, and extra oil, washer fluid, and antifreeze. You'll also want to take your car in for an oil change and a good look-see before hitting the road. Make sure the tires, battery, windshield wipers, and all belts and hoses are checked before you depart.
You are headed for an awesome destination, but be sure you enjoy the journey too!
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