Emily Bryant MSN, RN
Emily Bryant MSN, RN
December 15, 2022 - 4 min read

Travel Nurse Gift Guide 2022

​​It’s the most wonderful time of the year – when moms and dads all across the country are asking their adult children what they want for Christmas. The tricky thing about being a travel nurse is that for so many of us, all of the belongings we want to use on a contract need to either fit in our cars, or in our suitcases.

The constant internal battle of “I want it, but do I have room?” begins to take over so many travelers’ minds during the gift-giving season. Well, look no further for practical yet fun and desired gifts for your favorite traveler this holiday season.

1. Portable Printer

portable printer

Printers are one of those things that are absolutely not worth the space to travel with. But boy, it can be such a pain when you don’t have easy access to one and need something printed – like your contract, apartment lease, or background check information. Here is the solution to keep your travel nurse from having to hoof it to UPS and pay per page: a portable printer!

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2. Roku Streaming Stick


Many nurses find their own housing while traveling, and the TV situation is oftentimes a mystery. Solve their problems by providing them with TV access to their favorite apps, regardless of where they’re living, with this simple stick.

3. Shoe Suitcase

shoe suitcase

One of the trickiest things to pack and keep nice and tidy are shoes. They need their own space since they can often be dirty and take up so much space. Check out these neat bags that can transport shoes in small spaces, and keep those dirty soles away from clean clothes.

4. Collapsible Foam Roller

collapsible foam roller

Let’s be honest. Who doesn’t love a good foam roller after those long 12-hour shifts? But they can be so awkward to pack and take up excessive, valuable room in your suitcase. Here is your solution: one that flattens down!

5. Packing Bags

packing bags

Boxes are overrated, especially when you move every 13 weeks. So here is a great solution to the accessibility of needing portable storage, with the convenience of collapsible fabric.

6. Puffy Blanket

Rumpl travel blanket

Whether it’s for snuggling on the couch and watching their favorite shows, going to a concert at the park, or a beach bonfire, this blanket has you covered. It provides massive amounts of warmth while taking up a tiny amount of room wherever you go.

7. Insulated Tumbler Cup

insulated tumbler cup

No one can ever have too many cups, especially nurses who might bring upwards of four different beverages with them on a given shift. These tumblers will keep drinks cold all day and are slim and modern looking. Every traveler will love them. They even fit in car drink holders, which is a bonus point that many other insulated cups can’t claim.

8. Car Vacuum

Need I say more? Travelers don’t take a full-sized vacuum with them, but they still make messes that need cleaning, both around the car and the house. These small vacuums can be such a nice addition for both a neat freak or a slob of a nurse.

9. Portable Car Jump Starter

portable car jump starter

Traveling to and living in new places can be scary, and the last thing you want to worry about is breaking down on the side of the road in a new city alone. This portable battery allows you to jump your car without needing another car to stop and help. Give the gift of security and safety.

10. Amazon Alexa

Amazon Alexa

Alexa has become a household name, and for a good reason. This would be a fun addition to travelers’ belongings due to its accessibility and versatility. They can easily program it to different Wi-Fi networks, cities, and preferences to adapt to their on-the-go lifestyles.

11. Packing Cubes

Packing cubes

You don’t understand the love of Packing Cubes until you start using them. These provide a very easy way to keep suitcases and cars organized, and they take up minimal additional room. A must for nearly everyone on your shopping list.

12. Travel Cable Organizer

travel cable organizer

We all need more organization in our lives, especially when it comes to our charging cables. This little bag provides nurses with a simplified way to both organize and transport their necessary cords.

13. iPhone Tripod

iPhone tripod

During travel, many nurses like documenting their adventures and sharing them with friends and family. Whether it’s through videos or photos on social media, everyone could benefit from this handy phone tripod. This will allow them to get the shot both on solo adventures, or with a big group of friends. And if social media isn’t their thing, they can always watch shows or take continuing education classes on their phone without having to hold it for hours.

14. Silk Pillowcase

silk pillowcase

There are some personal items that are great to take with you from house to house. A pillowcase is an item that’s especially important after a few long shifts. Spoil that nurse you know with a decadently soft silk pillowcase, known to be good for both hair and skin.

15. Audible Gift Card

amazon audible

Treat that nurse you know to hours and hours of educational or pleasure entertainment. Many nurses spend hours and hours each week either commuting to work or making cross-country road trips, and Audible provides them with access to nearly any audiobook they want with the click of a button.

This list is just a start to the hundreds of ideas that might make traveling a bit more enjoyable for the travel nurse in your life. While space can often be very limited, you can still show them your appreciation by providing a nice luxurious bonus to their daily life.

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