What to do With the Stuff That You Don’t Take With You

August 17 / Posted by Christi Hintz

Travel nurses seem a bit like nomads, spending a short time in a place and then moving on to their next assignment- but there’s also downtime between assignments and many travel nurses have a place- and some stuff- to come back to.


But what are you going to do with the stuff that you own that you don’t really want to travel with? Maybe you have furniture, a TV, kitchen supplies, or other things that just take up a lot of space in your suitcase and are unnecessary when you travel, but that you want to keep them around for times when you’re not on assignment. What do you do? Here are a few ideas.


Own (and Rent Out) a Home


The easiest place to put your stuff is in a home that you own. It also gives you a consistent place to return to, and that can be a nice feeling when you travel a lot. This is one of the most popular choices for travel nurses.


One concern about owning a home, condo or apartment is that it will remain empty for large periods of time throughout the year. But you don’t need to just let your home sit there when you’re not in it- you can rent it out while you’re away. If you’re interested in a making a little money with your home while you travel, you can check out some of our tips on how to get started in our article on the subject.


If you do decide to rent out your home, it may be wise to keep some valuable items in a locked closet or safe, so that you don’t need to worry about them while you’re gone.


Borrow Some Space From a Friend or Family Member


Ask around to your friends and family members to see if they have some extra space and wouldn’t mind storing your stuff for you while you’re on assignment. You can even offer to let them use the stuff while you’re away- for example, if you’re leaving a TV with them.


Rent a Storage Space


Renting a storage space is a lot less expensive than renting an apartment, and it’s a secure place for you to leave your belongings until you get back. Make sure you know important details about the unit, like whether or not it is temperature controlled, and what types of items you are permitted to store. You may need to make decisions about what you can store there based on these factors. Do your research on storage facilities before you make a choice so that you know what you’re getting into.




It’ll be a lot easier to store and move your belongings if you don’t have an excess of them. Many of us have many more “things” in our lives than we really need, and they can slow us down, especially if we travel a lot. Take a good hard look at your belongings and begin the process of selecting the things that you really love, want, or need, and disposing of the things that are just filling boxes. You’ll also pay less for storage units if you can fit all your stuff into a smaller unit.


What do you do with the stuff you don’t choose to take on assignments? Do you own your home, or do you rent whenever you’re in town? Leave your own recommendations or stories in the comments below.

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