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When you make your living doing locum tenens work, you get to enjoy a lot of freedom as you see different parts of the country, enjoy different accents and regional dishes, and learn a thing or two about new ways to run a hospital or medical treatment center. It can be very rewarding work taking a locums job, but it can also be hard when you’re on the road so much that you forget what your own bed even feels like.

Whether you’re staying for a weekend or a month, temporary locum tenens jobs can take a toll. This is why locum tenens professionals carry along a few special items to make any place more comfortable and familiar. Here’s a list what to bring on your locums job to feel more at home.

What to bring on your locums job:


Bring your own pillow along for your locums job, and you’re guaranteed a better night’s sleep. You never know if your hotel is going to have great pillow or crunchy, flat ones, so it’s best to be prepared. The added benefit of your own pillow? It smells like home, so you’ll drift to sleep feeling more at ease no matter where you are.

Travel Toiletries

Speaking of the power of scent, packing your preferred shampoos, soaps and moisturizers will also help you feel more at home in your own skin. Sure, it may feel convenient to rely on whatever freebies you get in your hotel room, but if you end up disliking them — or worse, have an allergic reaction — you’ll wonder why you’re so out of sorts. Keep travel sizes of your favorites or invest in refillable bottles that will stand up to the 3-1-1 rule.

Must-Have Morsels

Trying new things is one of the joys of traveling, but don’t underestimate the power of your favorite home-cooked dishes. If you have a chance to cook, make your favorites. If you’re relying on restaurants, stock up on your favorite snacks and tuck a few in your suitcase — especially if they’re regional favorites that might not be available in your temporary hometown.

Familiar Faces

Keep your smartphone loaded up with photos and videos of your closest friends and family — you’ll be glad to flip through them if you’re feeling a little homesick. It’s a good idea to make a designated album of favorites so you’re ready when loneliness strikes — you don’t want to waste time scrolling through Facebook when you need an emotional pick-me-up.

With a few of these small, easy-to-pack items, you can make any temporary housing feel more like home while out on a locums job.