At Travel Nurse Canada, we know better than anyone that being properly prepared for travelling, both in luggage and logistics, is so important. It can mean the difference of feeling properly prepared for your travel nurse assignment or not. As travel nurses and just passionate travelers in general, we know what it’s like! We’ve put together a list of tips for you to keep in mind while packing and traveling (via air) to your next destination. So grab a cup of tea, sit back, and enjoy the read:
So your assignment is booked, itinerary received..now to pack and head to the airport for you adventure.
- Baggage Fees: Every airline has rules and regulations on their luggage size and weight limits – know your limits! The fees for overweight luggage is not a cost you want to incur. Travel Nurse Canada offers baggage allowances – ensure to ask your Recruiter about yours before going.
- Packing your carry-on: A smartly-packed carry-on should consist of a spare set of clothes (and scrubs!), stethoscope or other professional device that you use regularly, shoes and a coat (appropriate for your destination) any electronics, book/magazine, a few snacks, and any medications you require for a week. In the event that your luggage is lost, you will be very happy that you have these on hand, and your carry-on could be your saving grace.
- Clothing – what to bring?: Upon booking your assignment, you will receive an information package specific to that location and hospital. Reading through your packages and researching your destination is so important; nobody wants to show up in rainy Prince Rupert, B.C. with only shorts and sandals! This information will also let you know if you need to bring scrubs, and what kind of shoes are required for your specific assignment.
- Toiletries: These items can eat up a lot of luggage weight, and we suggest saving that room for a wider variety of clothes, personal items, or even non-perishable food that you may not be able to purchase at your destination. Consider purchasing smaller size items when you arrive to your assignment – this will require searching ahead and ensuring there is a store available for this. Ask your Travel team about the inside scoop of shopping for each location.
- Airport Transportation: An often overlooked fact is how to get to and from the airport while on assignment. A great way to avoid day-of worries is to set up a taxi, shuttle, or book a family or friend to drive you to the airport, and pick you up afterwards. If you want to drive your vehicle there, remember to ask your Recruiter about helping out with the airport fees!
- Arrive early, stress less: Whatever mode of transportation you choose, you should always arrive to the airport with plenty of time before your flight leaves – we suggest 2-3 hours depending on the location! Factors like traffic, forgetting or losing luggage, and busy airport security lines can affect you getting to your gate on time, so it’s always best to leave more time than less.
- Relax, and get ready for the adventure: Once checked in, your worries are over. Find your gate, grab a coffee and snack, or browse the bookstore! As always, Travel Nurse Canada is only a call away 24/7 if you have last minute questions or concerns prior to arriving at your assignment. We are here every step of the way for you.