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How to Pack for Your Travel Assignment

Papers are signed. Confirmation has been digested. You’ve told everyone goodbye and have made promises to take lots of pictures.

Your adventure is about to begin. Now the real work starts – you need to pack your bags!

So while another Advantage RN blog post tells you want you need to take to stay connected ELECTRONICALLY with friends from home, this post shares some SEVEN TIPS on how to pack so worrying about a new wardrobe for your location is not on your radar.

Tip #1: Check Out the Weather

WeatherSure, California can be warm – but it can also be chilly at night and rainy and foggy.  Alaska can get very warm and quite cool in the summer.  No matter where your next travel nurse adventure takes you, it’s best the check what the typical high’s and low’s are for the time you’ll be working in the area and how much precipitation to expect, so you can pack appropriately. is an excellent resource for this type of information.

Tip #2: Don’t Pack Too Much

Have you ever heard of the advice: “Lay out everything you want to bring and then only pack half of the amount” ? Well, it’s great advice!  Adhering to it might even help prevent paying for an overweight bag at the airport as well as help eliminate some backaches.  It’ll also give you a little extra room for bringing some more things HOME from your trip.

Tip #3: Be sure your Carry-on is the Right Size

A carry-on is a great way to bring valuables and personal items on your flight but the bag you bring onboard must be small enough to store below your seat or in the overhead compartment. The basic rule is that your carry on must not be taller than 22 inches, no wider than 14 inches, and no deeper than 9 inches.

Tip #4:  Be Proactive in Eliminating the

Chance of Leaky Shampoo, Moisturizers, etc.


There’s something about changing altitudes that makes our liquids want to ooze from their bottles. The end result is a MESS when we get to our destination.  Whether you are flying to your travel assignment or driving to a different altitude, be sure to squeeze out some air from your liquid storing containers storing before you pack them.  For even more protection you can put them in their separate Ziploc bags.

Tip #4: Flying?

Don’t Forget the 3-1-1 Rule for Carry-Ons.

Liquids, aerosols and gels, in limited quantities, are safe to bring aboard an aircraft but TSA has a 3-1-1 rule to help limit the total volume of liquids, aerosols and gels each person can bring onboard.

Carry On BaggieThe rule 3-1-1 stands for (3) 3.4 ounce (or 100ml) size bottle for your liquids (or smaller); (1) 1 quart-sized, clear plastic, Ziploc-type bag; and (1) 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin.

Have a tube of toothpaste that is almost empty? Not allowed if its original container is larger than 3.4 ounces.  Did you buy some water in the gift shop at the airport before going through security?  No can do. The 3-1-1 rule was designed to keep us safe – even if it’s a little inconvenient.

Have a bottle of wine or something else that you need to pack that is larger than 3.4 ounces?  Be sure to wrap it with plenty of protection in your checked suitcase.  Use bubble wrap AND wrap it in extra plastic.  Better yet, buy a bottle at your destination!

Tip #5: Do NOT Pack Valuables in your Checked Bag

For safety and security, avoid packing expensive or valuable items in your checked bag.  Occasionally you’ll hear of passengers losing items from their bags.  And since travelers can no longer lock their bags, the chance of something being stolen could increase.

Packing List

Tip #6: Take a Look at a

Packing List on our Pinterest Page

With a million things on your mind, it’s smart to take a quick look at a standard Travel List to give you some peace of mind. Check it the one we have on our Pinterest page:

Tip #7: Enjoy Your
New Home Away from Home

Check out all of our suggestions on our website for how to explore your new city:


This entry was posted on Friday, February 22nd, 2013.
Posted in Travel Nurse Talk & Tips.
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