November 6, 2018

10 Travel Nurse Must-Haves (under $20) on Amazon

1. Amazon File Folder - $11.99 on Amazon

Travel nursing comes with a lot of paperwork to manage. This is an easy way to manage all your licenses, certifications, vaccines, and lease agreements without lugging around an entire file cabinet. Speaking of leases, when you’re searching for travel nurse housing, go where all the travel nurses go. Furnished Finder.  You can search their map of travel nurse rentals, and if you find a property you like, you contact the owner directly without paying commissions, booking fees, or mark-ups.

2. Clear Garbage Bags - $9.49 on Amazon

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This is hands down the easiest way to transport your clothes - just tear a little hole at the bottom of the bag and place it over the hangers. It’s super easy to pack and stack!  For an added bonus, get scented bags so your clothes smell fresh when you arrive at your new place.  

3. 3M Command Strips 14 pack - $9.19 on Amazon

A great way to add some decor and a personal touch to your new space without the risk of damaging walls with tacks or tape. Your landlord will thank you. Everything above was hung with command strips and hooks!

4. Under the Bed Storage Bins - $22.89 on Amazon

Often times you’ll find yourself in a place with limited storage space. These bins are great to create an extra space to tuck things away. All those random things you rarely need? Hide em under the bed! They also fit well in a car and easily transport clothes, accessories, and odd items. A word of advice: don’t cheap out...get a heavy-duty one!

5. Lysol Lemon Wipes Travel Pack - $2.85 on Amazon

When it comes to cleaning there’s no way I’m carrying around multiple heavy spray bottles from place to place. The elegant solution: small packs of ultra portable wipes! All you need to wipe down your surfaces and wipe the toothpaste splatter off your bathroom mirror! Also available in car cleaning wipes.

6. Space Saver Travel Storage Bags - $18.95 on Amazon

If you're like me and like to travel with your own comforter, this is the best way to transport it. The space bags cut the size by about half and protect it from dirt and spills while on the road. These ones don’t even require a vacuum to seal…

7. Printed Photos - $0.33/4x6 Photo at Walgreens

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OK… This one isn’t specific to Amazon, but traveling can undoubtedly be lonely at times, especially if you're doing it alone. Do yourself a favor and skip the facebook memories and iPhone camera rolls in favor of some tangible prints of your family, friends, and pets. Put em up on the fridge, around your room, heck, even in your car! Seeing them constantly, even if it’s just on your fridge, eases the sting of being so far away. Walgreens has a photo app that allows you to upload images right from your phone and pick up the same day. Bonus: they're light, small, and easy to pack!

8. Forever Stamps - $19.50 on Amazon

Yes, you can buy stamps on Amazon!....And who doesn’t love getting mail?! Sending a sweet postcard or letter from your new city is a fun way to keep involved with friends and family. Also good to have on hand for general ‘adulting.’ Elections are coming up - get those absentee ballots ready, travelers! Bum a couple of these from your mom or pick them up at the nearest post office (they also have plenty of fun ones; I’m personally rocking the Harry Potter collection).

9. 2-pack Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover - $7.35 for a 2-pack on Amazon

Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover 0.33 oz (Pack of 6)

Yep, you did it. You ate the gas station chili cheese dog on hour 9 of your drive and now your favorite hoodie is defaced with processed cheese. What’s a travel nurse to do? Keep one of these bad boys in your car or handbag for the inevitable spills and stains especially when your next load of laundry is far off.

10. Yankee Candle Small Jar Candles - $12.98 on Amazon

Nothing will make your new apartment feel cozier than a delicious candle to fill the room. Mediterranean Breeze, Vanilla Cupcake, Pumpkin Spice, or Christmas Thyme - there’s no wrong choice! Grab a few mini sizes to burn through and brighten up your space!

Now that you’ve got some new tools to help with your move, scoot on over to Furnished Finder to view their map of available listings in your next city. Their site is easy to use with plenty of filters to set so you can find exactly the place you need. Best of all: its reliable, trusted, and there’s no booking fees, as there are with most other sites. Good Luck!

Update 02/14/2019 Prices/images updated.

Teresa McArdle, Travel RN

Teresa is an ICU Travel Nurse from Long Island, New York. She's been a nurse for 5 years, and traveling with Flexcare for 1.
On her days off you'll find her with her camera on a hiking trail, halfway through an epic road trip, or testing out the local doughnut shops!