Last week we talked about preparing for the start of a new assignment. Despite swearing that I would never follow in my mother’s footsteps of being a “list” person, I must say that a good “to-do” list can be very helpful in keeping track of all the things that need to be accomplished when embarking on a travel assignment.
Here is a list that I often use. It starts after I have signed the contract and my housing has been assigned. If you like, cut and paste this into your own list and then add or subtract items to make it your own.
____Call the apartment complex and confirm move in date and unit number (I have had a few occasions where the unit number my travel agency gave me was not the same unit that the apartment complex had reserved for me)
____Call and arrange cable and Internet service for new address______
Cable company____________________Phone number___________________
____Phone service at new address Phone company________________
Number to phone company____________ My new number____________
____Prep the auto for travel_____Oil change?_______Tires okay?_____Brakes okay?____Any tune-ups (transmission fluids, radiator flush, etc)
____All devices in auto?____GPS____cell phone____road atlas
____flashlight____AAA card____title/registration____insurance cards
____extra clothes and blankets for winter travel____bottled water for emergencies
____Map and print out route to assignment (may use a TripTik if an AAA member)
____Pack for assignment: ____clothes____ household items____laptop____dishes
____Documents:____contract____BLS/ACLS cards____nursing license____any documents from facility (orientation schedule, directions to hospital, etc)
Extra items list: (for anything unique to your assignment, ex: skis for Colorado assignment)
1)____________________ 2)____________________ 3)____________________