Gift Ideas for Travel Nurses

December 3 / Posted by Christi Hintz

It’s the gift giving season, and sometimes it’s a little difficult to think of helpful, thoughtful, or fun gifts for everyone on your list. Well, we’ve got you covered- at least for your travel nursing friends and colleagues! Ahead are a few gift ideas to get your holiday gears turning.




Travel nurses wear out their luggage a bit faster than the average person, and having nice, durable luggage that helps them load up their car or prepare for their flight is a great gift. Luggage organizers like packing cubes and toiletry holders can also come in very handy and make it easier for travel nurses to pack efficiently.


A Book, Audiobook, or Music


Because travel nurses spend a lot of time on the road, a good book makes a great travel companion. If you have a favorite story that you think your nurse friend will enjoy, it’s a thoughtful gift that will provide them with more entertainment for their lengthy drives and flights. Unsure about their taste in books? A subscription to an audiobook service like Audible or a subscription to a music service like Spotify means that they never run out of stuff to listen to on the road.


Good Earbuds


Speaking of music and audiobooks, a good pair of headphones or earbuds make a great gift for travel nurses. Being able to immerse themselves in good music when on a plane or on a run is a nice little luxury that will improve your friend or colleague’s traveling experience.


Personalized ID Reel


An ID reel is a little something that nurses wear all the time anyway but that could be a bit more fun! If you know your travel nurse friend well, picking out a fun personalized ID reel can make for a great little reminder of your love and friendship every day!


Photos or Photo Gifts


Travel nurses love to travel as part of their career, and it gives them opportunities to do and see things that they may not have otherwise had. But no matter how much they love to travel, everyone gets a little homesick from time to time. This makes personal gifts involving pictures of loved ones and special memories particularly meaningful to travel nurses. Small photo gifts like photo albums, mugs, keychains, and notebooks can be great gifts that allow your travel nurse friends to take a little bit of home with them when they travel.


National Parks Annual Pass


If you know your colleague is super excited about exploring the great outdoors during their travels, an annual pass to the National Parks is the perfect gift to help feed their craving for adventure.


A Car Safety Kit and/or AAA Membership


If your friend is driving to their assignments a lot, tools for car safety or a membership with AAA is a practical gift that also expresses your care for their safety. An AAA membership can provide them with 24/7 roadside assistance, so they can drive with peace of mind knowing that if an emergency were to occur, they could call for help. It also provides discounts for some travel related expenses like certain hotels and car repair shops. For more details on membership costs and benefits, Nerd Wallet has a great guide for determining if a membership with AAA is right for your giftee.


What are some things you’re gifting to your travel nursing friends this year? What would you add to our list? Give your own suggestions in the comments below.


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