Getting ready for an assignment in Alaska. Oct to Dec. I would appreciate any advice as to what I should take with me in the way of clothing and supplies.
Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:
Alaska in December…hmm..I’m gonna have to advise against shorts. As for what exactly to take, I have to just refer you to the best places since I myself have never been.
Plus, a lot of this depends on your situation. Are you driving or flying? Are you taking company housing? If so, what things do they provide? What area will you be in specifically? Have you researched the area to see what stores are close? All of this will obviously affect how much stuff you can and should take. Some areas will be more remote than others and I imagine even temperatures can vary drastically depending on location. Careful research is warranted.
First, look up the location and learn all you can. There are websites that will tell you the average temperatures in any given location for specific times of the year. Many towns will also have their own websites with information on them. I’m not sure what you mean by “supplies,” but you can always center in on a location in Google Maps and see if there is a Walmart nearby. Whenever I am going to a location with which I am unfamiliar, I read up as much as I can.
You can also post to the travel forums and see if anyone else has traveled to your location. A few of those forums are ultimatenurse.com, Healthcare Travelbook, and the Delphi forum for traveling professionals (go to delphiforums.com, look for the box on the right that says “Explore existing forums”, type in “travel nursing” and the top result is a group called Travel Nurses and Therapists with over half a million members). Pan Travelers also has a forum, but I do not know if you have to be a paying member to post there.
A few good Alaska websites are as follows:
Hope this helps.