How to Start Your Travel Assignment on the Right Foot

November 30 / Posted by Christi Hintz

There are a lot of things in your travel nursing assignments that you can’t control, but you can make it go a lot smoother by taking a few steps from the outset. Whether you’re just starting your career as a travel nurse or you’ve been doing it for years, these tips will help you start your assignment on a positive note, and make the rest of the assignment easier and more enjoyable as well. Read on for a few ways that you can start your travel assignment on the right foot.


Ask Your Recruiter Lots of Questions

Every travel assignment is different, so if you want to be extra prepared, it’s helpful to ask your recruiter questions about what to expect. Here are a few questions you can ask your recruiter that will help you prepare for your assignment:


  • Is there any specific paperwork I’ll need for this assignment?
  • What are my housing arrangements? Is the housing furnished?
  • How does the hospital handle orientation?


Your recruiter is here to help, so utilize them!


Get Your Documentation Done Early

If you’ve been on a few travel assignments already, you know how much paperwork is involved. Immediately after receiving your assignment, you should find out what documentation you will need and gather them in one place. After this, you’ll be able to assess what you still need and can begin the process of obtaining it. Delaying documentation can cause a lot of stress, cost you extra to obtain documents quickly, or even delay the start of your assignment!


Make a Checklist of What You’ll Need to Bring

Before you begin packing, make a checklist of the items you need. This will make packing a little easier and ensure that you don’t forget anything or overpack. For more tips on how to make your packing checklist, check out our article on the subject.


Make Sure You Know Where You’re Going and How You’re Going to Get There

Are you going to drive? Take a plane? If you’re driving, will it take one day or several? Do you know where you’ll spend the night? If you’re flying, how are you getting to the airport? If you have your travel plans well in mind long before you leave you’ll avoid any last minute panics or stressful travel scenarios.


You’ll also want to have a plan for what to do when you get there. If you’re flying, you’ll need to figure out a mode of transportation to your housing. Either way, it’s a good idea to check where you’ll be staying as well as where the hospital is located ahead of time. And get there as early as you can in case you get lost on the way. Think through your trip from beginning to end and write down your plans if you have to, this way you’ll have thought of everything before it becomes an emergency.



It might seem like a small thing, and you might say to yourself “I’ll do it later,” but unpacking your belongings once you arrive can have a huge effect on your mentality throughout your assignment. Setting up your new housing gives you a feeling of being settled, and will make the environment a more homey and relaxing place to come home to at the end of a tough day. You won’t want to do it later either, so do yourself a favor and do it as soon as you get there!

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