As you prepare for your next adventure, you’ll want to make sure you have everything you need. It is common for healthcare travelers to pack at the last minute, so you will want to cover some basic essentials regardless of when you decide to pack. Start by making sure your home away from home will have what you need. Check the weather and assess your clothing needs, think about your work and life essentials and be sure to pack any necessary documents.
RTG Medical has helped tons of healthcare professionals find traveling healthcare jobs across the country. If you ever run into any questions when packing, especially if this is your first time, don’t hesitate to reach out. We hope this short list helps get you started!
Your temporary home
Many medical staffing agencies give you housing options or a housing stipend. Your new home should have everything you need, no matter where you live. Healthcare travelers may be able to find fully furnished housing options. Ideally, you’ll want every basic amenity that you use at home. A refrigerator, microwave, TV and stove are usually provided in a rental, but it’s good to double-check before moving in.
The average contract lasts 13 weeks, which is a little over three months. If you’re traveling to a specific location, you’ll want to pack clothing appropriate for that region. For example, if you’re traveling to a state that has one of the National Parks, you’ll want clothing you can hike and explore in. Think about the season and check the weather ahead of time. Always prepare for temperature fluctuations.
Does your hospital or facility provide scrubs or do you need to bring your own? Recruiters can assist you in finding this information. You may also need to bring your own mask and stethoscope. Bring shoes you know are comfortable to work in, and any helpful technology you may need. Other essential items may include pens, scissors, lab coats and a planner.
Other important things
You’ll want to make sure you have all of the important work documents that you need and any certifications or licenses you have. Since you’re going to be away from home for quite a bit, it’s necessary to have your mportant paperwork on hand; you might need things like your health insurance cards, your banking information, driver’s license and social security card. If you’re traveling with a pet, be sure to have their medical records too.
Find your dream traveling healthcare jobs with RTG Medical
Nailing down what you need for your temporary home, whether it be clothing, work essentials or any important documents, before you head out for your traveling healthcare jobs will ensure you’re ready to go. The more contracts you complete, the more comfortable you’ll be each time you pack for your next assignment. If you’re ready to become a healthcare traveler, contact us today to get paired with a recruiter and discuss your options!