For locum tenens professionals, constant traveling becomes a way of life. However, getting used to this unique lifestyle can be a challenge for new workers who have just embarked on their locum tenens journeys. With so much to prepare for, locum tenens pros must be diligent in getting their travel affairs in order as they prepare for each new assignment.
If you’re finding the travel process to be overwhelming, here are some useful tips to help you reduce your stress:
Arrive at the airport early. On the day of your flight, be sure to build in plenty of time to get to the airport and arrive at your gate on schedule. When planning your drive to the airport, always allow for the possibility of a traffic delay or long security lines. One way to skip the busy security lines and save time is through TSA PreCheck. Once you apply and become registered in the system, your TSA PreCheck status will be in effect for five years, allowing you to enjoy expedited security screenings each time you’re at the airport. In the unfortunate event you end up missing your flight, you’ll need to get in touch with your recruiting agent immediately for assistance in making other travel arrangements.
Create an itinerary. Not having a travel plan is the perfect recipe for unnecessary anxiety and aggravation. Before your travel day arrives, work closely with your recruiter to create an itinerary that includes the following:
- Contact information for your recruiter and/or medical director/practice manager/etc.
- Flight number
- Car rental information
- Lodging information/housing accommodations
- Address to your assigned facility
Having this essential information captured in one place, such as a laptop or notebook, will help you stay organized during your travels and give you a source to reference as you’re in transit.
Pack smartly. While it may be tempting to overload your suitcases when traveling away from home, it’s ideal to pack as light as possible when flying to avoid checking a bag. This is especially important if you’re headed to a short-term assignment so you can get to your destination as soon as you land. It’s also a good idea to educate yourself about your facility’s dress code ahead of time so you can plan outfits accordingly. In general, neutral-toned pieces are most appropriate for healthcare settings and tend to be best for mixing and matching different outfits when packing on the lighter side.
While there will always be unexpected situations that arise during your travels, taking the steps above will allow you to navigate your travels with more ease, efficiency and less stress.
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Let MPLT Healthcare (formerly MedPartners Locum Tenens) help you make your locum tenens travel plans with ease.