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What Should I Take In My Car as a New Travel Nurse?

sb10069454x-001Q: I am a new travel nurse and driving across the country. What items should I take in my car for a safe trip?

A: Great question! Traveling across the country can be a fun and memorable experience, but sometimes life throws a monkey wrench into our plans. Whether or not we come through unscathed depends on whether we’ve properly prepared.

My advice would be to make sure your bases are covered for all possible scenarios. If you’re traveling to the Southeast during hurricane season, be prepared to get wet! If you’re headed to Arizona in the summer, take a lot of water.

No matter where you’re headed, your RNnetwork recruiter is always just a phone call away. If something comes up, call us! We have the tools and resources available to fix almost any problem.

Here’s my list of must-haves for any road trip I take, but remember to tailor it for your specific destination!

  • RNnetwork’s phone number: (866) 373-1243
  • Cell phone and car charger
  • Jumper cables
  • Spare tire and tools to change a flat
  • Can of tire inflator/sealant, e.g., Fix-A-Flat
  • Small toolkit with pliers, screwdrivers and an adjustable wrench
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Blankets/extra clothing
  • Rain poncho and an extra pair of shoes
  • Water and nonperishable emergency food
  • Flashlight (one that plugs into a cigarette lighter or hand cranks rather than a battery-powered version)
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Road atlas/maps
  • Emergency cash or coins ($10-20)
  • Bag of cat litter (provides traction if you get stuck)

What have you found most helpful to have in your car as you travel?

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