8 Items Traveling Nurses Should Always Pack


When you go on a vacation, whether it is a short one or a long one, there are certain items you pack. Now you might pack more of certain items, but regardless you typically pack similar items. As a traveling nurse, you will want to pack the typical items along with a few other important items. Below is a list of 8 items traveling nurses should always pack.


Depending on the length of your traveling nurse assignment you may need clothes for a few weeks or a few months. You will also want to be sure you pack for the weather. Every area you travel to could have different weather that you will have to contend with. If you are unsure about the weather you will just want to take a mix of clothes for different types of weather. For example, shorts, pants, sweatshirts, bathing suit, winter coat, spring coat, etc.


You will want to take any device that you typically use: laptop, smartphone, Chromebook, tablet and all necessary chargers. Might be a good idea to also pick up a car charger, if you are driving.

Necessary Paperwork

If you are going to be gone for a long time you will want to be sure to take important documents with you. Copies of your nursing credentials, birth certificate, and social security card are a good idea. You should also be sure you take your insurance cards (car and medical), driver’s license, the nursing contract for that particular assignment,  and debit card and/or credit card.


Be sure you take all your medications with you. You will want to also to take or be sure to get prescription refills from your doctor before you go. If you take any over-the-counter medications it is a good idea to take those also. Although you can usually find over-the-counter medications, including supplements and vitamins, anywhere, if you have one that works you are better off using the brand you usually use.

Items from Home

We all have things that make us feel safe and comfortable. Perhaps a blanket, pillow, photos of your loved ones, incense or candles are what bring you comfort. You may not think you will be homesick, but if this is your first assignment you will want as much from home as possible to help keep you from feeling too homesick.

Bath and Bed

Unless you know for sure that your housing situation comes with items like hand and bath towels, washcloths, and bed sheets should do the trick.

Kitchen/Cooking Items

If you decided not to get a furnished home or apartment you will want to take other comforts of home like a coffee maker, if you drink coffee, toaster, pots and a microwave. You should also invest in some dishes, utensils and a can opener.

Traveling Nurse Necessities

When in route to your traveling nurse assignment take whatever comforts make the trip easier. For example, snacks, water, if traveling by car, or if flying headphones or maybe a pillow for your neck.

Traveling nurse assignments will vary, but the basics will be the same from assignment to assignment. As you travel more you will figure out what you need the most and can adjust accordingly. You will also figure out what you don’t need, so you can pack less.

The 8 items traveling nurses should always pack are not the only items you should pack. The items listed above are just a suggested list. Feel free to adjust the list to fit your needs. Happy Packing!


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