Top 10 Holiday Travel Tips for Healthcare Professionals
It’s official - the holiday countdown is underway!
Hospital holiday parties are being had, warm beverages are being sipped, and holiday music is filling the clinics. As the holidays approach, we wanted to give a huge thank you to all healthcare professionals who have worked tirelessly throughout 2017 to take care of our communities. Your sacrifice to care for others does not go unnoticed, and this season we toast to you! 🍻
2017 has been an incredible year of growth for Nomad Health, and our team is especially thankful for our community of over 25,000 clinicians who have grown with us so quickly in such a short time. We're so thankful to all the doctors, nurses, and medical employers that are on this journey with us to revolutionize healthcare staffing, we’re excited for everything that is to come in 2018! 🎉
As a token of thanks to our traveling Nomads, we wanted to share travel advise for the holiday season. If you’re like many of us, soon just one thing will be remaining between you and your winter vacation plans:
And because whoever called the winter holidays “the most wonderful time of the year” clearly hasn’t spent much time in a TSA line, we’ve pooled our resources (they don’t call us “Nomad” for nothing) and pulled together a ten-item checklist to make sure your last trip of 2017 goes off without a hitch.
Top 10 Travel Tips for Healthcare Professionals
1. Ace your TSA pre-screen. ✅
Healthcare pros: If you haven't already, we highly, highly recommend getting TSA Pre-Checked. It can win you serious time in security and save your sanity, which is well worth the money. Also consider newer services like Clear, which has expanded to several airports over the past few months.
2. Set up price alerts. ⚠️
Sites like Hopper, Skyscanner, and Google Flights are just some of the great airfare trackers out there. If you’re still hunting for a flight, set up some price drop alerts and let them do the work for you - while you focus on patients.
3. Fly in the morning. ✈️
That saying about the best laid plans seems to apply double in the holidays. Booking flights earlier in the day give you some wiggle room for flight delays and other travel hazards. This is especially important if you're trading off hospital shifts with other clinicians who depend on you to return from travels on time.
4. Keep a nonstop-care bag. 👜
It's time to reimagine the old-school "doctor bag". Rather than constantly packing and unpacking your toiletries, buy doubles of all the items you use (travel-sized when you can) and just keep them in your bag all the the time. Your next trip, you can just grab and run (make any refills when you return home so you’re ready to go again).
5. Pack like a healthcare pro. 👕
Organization isn't just for the hospital setting. Make your suitcase a fine tuned machine with packing cubes - one of the best inventions of the 20th century. But also high on our list is rolling (instead of folding), sticking to like colors and minimal shoe action (keep them in bags to avoid getting dirt on other items). Instead of packing right into your suitcase, lay everything out first, edit, and only then start adding to your bag. The “5, 4, 3, 2, 1” rule (five sets of socks and underwear, four tops, three bottoms, two pairs of shoes, and one hat) is a good baseline rule of thumb.
6. Plan for (healthy) snack attacks. 🍎
You never know what you’ll find at the airport, so keep a clinician-approved snack bar or two in an easy-to-reach place, and stash away a few more in your suitcase. A reusable water bottle, too, can always come in handy - but make sure not to fill up water before you go through security.
7. Have gear to help you tune out. 🎧
Doctors, nurses, and medical administrators deserve a restful holiday, big time. Be your travel by plane, train, or automobile (as long as you’re not driving), keep a sleep mask and set of earplugs within reach so you can catch some z’s no matter whom your sitting next to. Alternatively, treat yourself to high tech headphones! Here's a list of the best noise-cancelling headphones of 2017, according to TechRadar.
8. Tune-in with some key apps. ☮️
To help find peace and calm in today's busy world, fellow clinicians are recommending meditations apps for patients, like Calm and Headspace. You can also remind yourself to download a movie or show before the flight, and/or a playlist on your phone, to keep things interesting on your journey.
9. Back up your travel documents. 💻
If you’re traveling abroad, keep a copy of your passport and other important documents somewhere secure and password-protected--like your computer or phone. In the event they hard copies are stolen, this will help a lot at the embassy.
10. Bring your gym. 🏋️
With the help of workout bands and a few choice apps (Carrot Fitness, Aaptiv and Zombies, run! are favorites), you can create a pretty effective makeshift gym or personal training program just about anywhere.
Enjoy your travels, Nomads! From our entire team, we wish everyone a happy, safe, and healthy holiday season. ❄️
Cheers to 2017, and an even better 2018 to come!
The Nomad Team