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Winter Driving and Survival Kits for Travel Nurses on the Move


It may be the New Year and a lot of people are thinking well ahead into spring, but hold on a second. We’re still smack dab in the middle of winter and I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it could possibly stick around longer than expected; I’m just saying. Believe me, there’s nothing more I want than to get these winter doldrums out of the way and move on to sunny skies and flip-flops. Until then though, there are many things to consider when taking on new travel nursing jobs during the remainder of these winter months.

I recently came across a forum post over at about, “Things to do IN the car…” and at first glance I thought it would be about how to pass the time away when traveling great distances with children and whatnot. It was not, instead it was about what to do when you’re literally stuck in a car for hours, trapped on the road due to traffic/accidents/roadblocks or anything else out of our control. This traveler was stuck in her car for nearly 6.5 hours!!! That could seem like an eternity without some sort of entertainment, let alone some essentials for survival. Here’s an excerpt from her post, “Thank goodness I had an Ipod that I found out I could play a card game on and I happened to have a magazine in the car to read but otherwise….What do you do in a situation like that?? I also had two dogs in the car….which thankfully I had a gallon of water for all of us…But maybe we should all pack a “survival kit” for the car to keep as we travel….Any ideas??”

After reading this post, I felt it necessary to provide some useful tips on what exactly you can do to prepare yourself and your car for this or similar situations. Hopefully none of us will ever have to resort to these tactics and practices, but you just never know. Obviously before traveling any great distance in your car you’ll want to have it inspected by a professional mechanic and make sure everything on the car is tip-top. Next, you’ll want to equip your car with a “survival kit” that will help keep you warm and nourished if ever you were in a dire situation. Check out the blog, The Corporate Barbarian for his extensive list for an automobile survival kit. His list is pretty vast, and it seems he’s packed and ready for just about anything besides a nuclear attack.

Car Survival Kit for the Travel Nurse

Whether it's winter or summer, your car should always be packed with survival gear.

There are many items to consider and as always, it’s better to be safe than sorry! There are definitely some things you should strongly consider to have at your disposal should any road emergency arise. Always make sure your spare tire is fully inflated and there’s a tire iron, a car jack, and so on. Using common sense when traveling will take you far, but there may be some things you would never think to have available when you’re stuck. So before traveling near or far, always make sure your car is equipped for travel. I hate to put it this way, but it could be the difference between life or death. If you have any other tips you’d like to share regarding traveling by car, please share them in our comment section, especially anything about what to do about your bladder. That too is an all important topic!

About the Author:

Patrick Fuerstenau here. Born in Kentucky, raised in Germany, landed in Nebraska and still here. I've been involved with Marketing and Advertising for over a decade. It all began with an internship at an ad agency in Omaha, followed by a 9 year stint as a graphic artist at the lone major newspaper in Omaha. A friend of mine told me about an opening at her company and said that it was the best gig she's ever had... So I decided to spread my proverbial wings and see what I could do for them and vice versa. So here I am at Medical Solutions as a Marketing Specialist for a great travel nursing company. This by far has been a major blessing in my life. I love the work I get to do just as much as I love the people who make up this fabulous company. I can see myself here for a long time... As long as they'll have me. Now that we've got the career timeline out of the way... Let me tell you a little about who I am. I am oh so passionate about the game of futbol! I've been playing soccer since the age of 8 and am still playing today. If I couldn't at least kick the ball around, I don't know what I would do with myself. I fear getting old. I also have a strong love for the arts... Music, Visual arts, Film, Design... pretty much anything and everything arty. I'm happy go lucky and am always looking to have a good time. Just ask my manager! And I love writing about travel nursing.

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