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Ask a Travel Nurse: What should I take on a travel nursing assignment in Alaska?


travel nurse in AlaskaAsk a Travel Nurse Question:

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, Healthcare Travelbook, and the Delphi forum for traveling professionals (go to, 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:

Alaska Tour & Ttravel – Alaska

Hope this helps.


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My name is Jeff Long. I’m the Marketing Director at Medical Solutions, one of the leading travel nursing companies. I have never been a nurse and am not a recruiter. I have worked at Medical Solutions for over five years and think it is a great company that has a lot to offer nurses and allied health professionals interested in a travel career. I do post just a small sampling of travel nursing jobs from Medical Solutions, but mostly I write about travel nursing. On this site you will not be recruited on this blog (unless you specifically inquire about traveling with Medical Solutions then I will forward your info to a Recruiter). I understand that you are reading and/or commenting on this blog purely for informational purposes and I want you to enjoy that experience My job is to help you meet your career goals by sharing information, advice and the benefits of travel nursing with you.

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