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What to Pack for your Travel Nurse Assignment

Before you pack make sure you talk to our Housing department. They will help you understand what is included if you are choosing a housing option. Amenities can vary by destination and they will be able to explain everything to you so you know exactly what you need before you go. A good rule of thumb is to think of what items were available to you when you moved into your first apartment, except add basic furniture to the equation.

Typically, you’ll need the following: 


  • Microwave (if not built in or included in the monthly fee)
  • Coffeemaker
  • Cooking utensils
  • Pots and pans
  • Cutlery
  • Dishes
  • Dish towels
  • Cleaning supplies (dish soap, broom, vacuum, etc.)
  • Bed Sheets/Blankets
  • Bath towels
  • Shower curtain
  • Plunger

Clothing & Accessories

Pack for what you do – both for work and fun. Make sure to check the weather for the time period when you will be making your travel assignment your new home. Don’t forget your umbrella, glasses and sunglasses.

Medicines & Toiletries

Pack the items you use every day. Some travelers just pack travel-sized items to get to their destination and then purchase full-sized toiletries when they get there. It depends on what makes you most comfortable and what you have room to bring. Don’t forget your hairdryer, vitamins and prescription medications.

Make Yourself Feel at Home

A lot of nurses say the secret to happy travel nursing is making themselves feel like they’re at home – even when they’re away. Make sure you bring the items you really need to help you settle in. If you’re glued to your phone, make sure you have your charger and other accessories. A portable speaker can be a nice addition to bring along if you like to listen to music or podcasts through your phone.

Getting There

Don’t forget your assignment paperwork, a hard copy of your licenses and certifications and your first day information, including directions to the assignment, if driving. Your GPS will certainly be helpful, too, and it might be a good idea to keep a map in your glove compartment for extra back up.  Printed directions from Google Maps is always helpful as well. Flying?  Don’t forget to print out and bring your airline tickets if you’re flying.

Need Help Packing?

Check out PackPoint. It’s available for both iOS and Android.