By: ICON Medical Network
If you're a locums doctor, you’ve experienced the constant struggles involved in airfare prices, apartment hunting, suitcase packing, direction finding, new car familiarizing, and charging problem solving. Once you’ve been on a few locum tenens assignments, you start to get the hang of the travel checklist you religiously follow. We decided to put together some of our favorite tips and tricks on traveling for work and some things to keep in mind before your next locums assignment.
Bedtime routine and morning routine in one bag.
There is nothing worse than forgetting a charger for your phone/kindle/laptop or toothbrush after a late flight to a destination without a store in sight. Our solution is to pack a small bag that has your night routine (face wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, phone charger, etc.) and another one with your morning routine (deodorant, vitamins, makeup, etc.). Having these mini bags packed will ensure your readiness and confidence on a new assignment.
Scan and save important documents.
In case you arrive to baggage claim but your suitcase doesn’t, or you misplace something important, scan all of your important documents and keep them saved in an email. This way, you will be able to access them at any time.
Bedside manner everywhere.
The best way to travel is with a smile. Airport security, flight attendants, and hotel workers deal with negative customers every day. If you’re wearing a smile, they will appreciate it and go out of their way to make sure your day goes by a little smoother.
Complimentary is mandatory.
Take advantage of all the complimentary goodies provided on a Locum Tenens assignment. From the free hotel breakfast to complimentary rides to nearby restaurants. Anything offered is an opportunity to see a new site or even experience a new culture.
Stay in the middle.
If you are prone to motion sickness, try booking a seat near the wings of the airplane – Less turbulence means a smoother, more relaxing ride!
The art of the carry-on.
If you can manage a smaller bag, carry-ons are always easier to manage when flying. In addition, it guarantees no lost bags. The best way to fit everything into a smaller suitcase is to pack your clothes by rolling them instead of folding them. This will save you a lot of space! Also, stick dryer sheets at the bottom of your bag to ensure your white coat/scrubs/clothes stay nice and fresh.
About the author: ICON Medical Network is a locum tenens staffing agency with over 10 years of experience matching physicians with their dream opportunities all across the country. Our focus is on the passion of the physician and making sure it’s mirrored with the passions of the community and hospital they will be serving. Life is too short; you should love what you do.