The Ultimate Travel Nurse Packing List

Packing for 13+ weeks can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Here is our ultimate list of essentials to help guide you! See something missing? Share your own tips in the comments!

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Household Items:

*If you are taking company housing, check with your recruiter to see if any of these items are already provided.

  • Dishes and glassware
  • Flatware and knives
  • Pots and pans
  • Bakeware (cookie sheets, cake pans, etc.)
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee mugs
  • Cutting board
  • Sheets, blankets, pillows
  • Towels
  • Shower curtain
  • Laundry basket
  • Trash basket
  • Clothing hangers
  • Flashlight
  • Wine glasses and corkscrew
  • Curtain rod and curtains
  • Microwave*
  • Mixing bowls
  • Pizza cutter
  • TV*
  • DVD player
  • Storage totes
  • Small fireproof/waterproof safe for valuables and important documents
  • Picture frames with photos of family, friends and pets

*Larger items can often be rented from a local place or purchased from a pawn shop, then resold at the end.

Cleaning Items:

  • Mop and pail
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Small vacuum

Personal Items:

  • Electronic chargers
  • Hairdryer
  • Alarm clock
  • Laptop or tablet
  • Driver’s license
  • Social Security card
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Copy of nursing credentials and licensing
  • First day instructions
  • The right color scrubs for your new assignment

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