If you are expecting guests or traveling with a friend or two, request either 2 twin beds &/or a sofa bed with your furniture package- the standard is one Queen bed. There is usually no additional charge for this as long as you let them know ahead of time.
Plan on moving in on the Friday before your orientation week -- plan your road trip to get to your apartment by mid-day. Arriving on a weekday before 5PM EST insures that everything is still open and people are available to help you solve any problems that might arise. This also allows you the weekend to unpack, get groceries & most important -- find the hospital & the exact location you need to report to on your first day. Go there, get out of the car, go inside & find the room. Allow for more traffic on a weekday morning.
The facility & your agency will make sure you have all the information you need to arrive at orientation in one piece. Buy a folder & put all of your orientation information in it, along with any licenses, cards, & documentation you might need on your first day.
As soon as your new address is confirmed, make arrangements for your home mail to be forwarded & call to arrange for any cable & internet services you might want. Appointments can be hard to get in some areas, so the sooner you call, the better. If your agency gives you the contact numbers for those services, call the apt complex office instead & ask for the phone number of the technician(s) that comes there-- let them know you are a travel nurse. They will give you the best deal.
A few items you might not think to pack that you might need before you get a chance to shop include: Toilet paper, light bulbs, & a shower curtain.
Remember to be safe, membership to a motor club, like AAA can prove to be indespensible. Plan your trip to get plenty of rest & maybe see some sights or stay with some family or friends along the way.
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