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Winter Packing Essentials for Travel Nurses

Winter Packing Essentials for Travel Nurses

As a travel nurse, embarking on a travel assignment this time of year might mean you end up in a colder climate than you are used to. Whether you’re headed to a snowy mountain town or a bustling city with chilly temperatures, packing strategically is crucial for a successful and comfortable experience. In this blog, we’ll dive into the packing essentials every travel nurse should include when heading out for their next assignment this winter.

Layered Clothing

Winter weather can be unpredictable. A lot of cities also have very cold mornings that quickly switch to mild afternoons. You’ll go from freezing temperatures outdoors to warmer climates indoors – so layers for variety are key.

Pack a variety of layered clothing options, including thermal base layers, fleece jackets, and waterproof outer layers. This ensures adaptability to fluctuating temperatures and varying work environments. Check out some long sleeve top options from popular brands like LuLuLemon or GAP for versatility that looks great under scrubs or out and about on the town.

Quality Winter Footwear

A pair of reliable, insulated, and waterproof boots is non-negotiable for an assignment in a snowy town. Navigating icy sidewalks and snow-covered parking lots requires sturdy footwear to keep you warm and safe. Look for options with good traction to prevent slips and falls.

Once the snow begins to melt, sidewalks and streets become rainy and muddy making the trek home from work messy. Boots that go above your ankles will be a life saver on these days.

Weather-Resistant Accessories

Don’t forget to pack cold-weather accessories such as gloves, a hat, and a scarf. You’ll want to find moisture-wicking materials because they will keep you dry and warm in rain or snow. When it comes to hats, try to find one that covers your ears for extra protection.  Hats are great at keeping your body heat in so you will feel the difference without one.

Thermos Travel Mugs

If you are a big coffee or tea drinker, you might want to invest in a quality thermos to keep your beverages hot throughout the day. This is great for running out the door or drinking your coffee throughout the first few hours of your shift.

Stanley and Yeti are two brands that nurses love. A lot of their designs work both ways – keeping drinks cold or hot so you’ll be able to use it for ice water in the summer time too.


It might not be the first thing you think about when packing, but as the winter season comes with a mix of precipitation, including snow, sleet, and rain, an umbrella will come in handy for all of them. You can score a compact and wind-resistant umbrella so it doesn’t take up too much room in your suitcase. The protection from the elements during commutes to and from your shifts will be a life saver.

Prep Your Car

If you’ll be driving to your assignment, ensure your vehicle is winter-ready. Pack an emergency kit with items such as a blanket, jumper cables, and a snow scraper to keep in your trunk. You’ll also want to check your tires and make sure they are prepared for the new climate.

Cozy Items for Home

Lastly, don’t forget the personal touches that make your living space feel like home. Whether it’s a cozy blanket, your favorite mug, or a good book, having these items can contribute significantly to your well-being during the winter months. On a snowy night off work, enjoy some hot chocolate, a nice candle, and the book you packed while enjoying the view out your window.

Travel with Gifted

We hope you are excited for an assignment in a winter wonderland. If you have any questions about what to pack or how to prepare, your Gifted Recruiter is here to help. Connect with a recruiter today and learn where you can take your next assignment. We hope you stay warm, stay safe, and make the most of your winter adventures.

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