The Ultimate Travel Nurse Packing List

You’ve landed your dream assignment and found amazing housing, now what? It’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to bring! Packing for 6-13+ weeks can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Here is our ultimate Travel Nurse Packing List of essentials to help guide you! See something missing? Share your own tips in the comments! We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Household Items: *If you are staying in an Extended Stay, VRBO or AirBNB, you will probably have most items you need at your new place. (Example: coffee maker, pots and pans, etc.) Here are some extra things you might want to consider bringing.

  • Your own sheets, blankets, pillow
  • Towels
  • White noise sound machine

  • Laundry baskets
  • Extra clothing hangers
  • Flashlight
  • Picture frames with photos of family, friends and pets


  • Chargers for your electronics
  • Hairdryer and Styling Tools
  • Toiletries
  • Alarm Clock – unless you rely on your phone
  • Laptop or tablet
  • Headphones
  • Camera
  • Medications, Vitamins, Supplements
  • Copies of your prescriptions

Work Things

  • Driver’s license
  • Social Security card
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Copy of nursing credentials and licensing
  • First day instructions
  • Scrubs – make sure they’re the right color!
  • Stethoscope
  • Compression socks
  • Work shoes
  • Work tools (ex: pens, pen lights, etc.)

Other Important Things

  • Pet supplies
  • Activity items (ex: beach towel, volleyball, skis,
  • golf clubs, etc.)