Quote from RachaelRN7
Will be traveling in the near future.. currently a RN in FL, will be traveling to CA with my RN boyfriend.. We plan on driving to the assignment. Hoping to be in CA for an extended period of time (if assignments allow).. First time traveling for the both of us. Wondering if anyone has tips on what to pack and how to pack efficiently.. Thanks!
My husband and I traveled from the east coast to California in our car recently. Packing and organizing was challenging, especially with a regular sized sedan, not an SUV. My first assignment was a furnished apartment with no extras (no kitchen items, bedding, shower curtains, nothing!) My assignment now is more of a turn-key place, they provide almost everything.
So things to bring that have been highly useful: our favorite kitchen items, pots, pans, knives, coffee maker, very few plates, bowls, glassware, silverware. We packed a three drawer organizer of bathroom items, ya know, ibuprofen, band aids, q-tips, toiletries in one drawer. Another had seasonings, tea, vitamins, and the last drawer had random things you need you prob don't want to buy like scissors, tape, matches, flashlight, trash bags, ziplocks, wine opener, ya know random stuff you use a lot and don't realize. Some things we bought down there like a trash can, a dish drying wrack, shower curtain, Tupperware, all stuff we gave to goodwill after the assignment because it wouldn't fit.
What really saved me were the space bags. Three extra large bags: 1 for all my clothes and shoes, one for his, and one had our pillows, sheets, blankets, and towels. What we didn't think about was when we packed up again, we had no vacuum to suck out the air, so we drove to a car wash place and used their car vacuum hose. Those space bags are a lifesaver. We packed a suitcase full of some food that we put in ziplock bags like rice, nuts, oatmeal, coffee grounds, to save space. I had another 3 drawer organizer of every document I could possibly need (very thankful for that), copy paper, photos, pens, notepads, envelopes, stamps, all my husbands work stuff (he works from home). On top if that, we were still able to bring a tv, laptop, printer, modem, all the electronics. We brought an air bed for visitors, which is useful, and in a small box.
Just be smart about the clothes. I brought too much. I wear scrubs, work out clothes, pjs, and don't go out as much as I thought I would. But I have clothes for all four seasons because you never know what kind of assignments you might have. I brought dresses for weddings I'm going to in a cpl months because you never know when you're gonna be home! I am highly organized, so this was stressful for me. Just pan ahead and really think. Last minute packing us a nightmare. I hope my very long response helps!