Traveling medical professionals know first hand that, while getting paid to discover and explore new places is a dream career for most, the struggle and stress of getting through airports to make it to an assignment on time is one less than glamorous aspect of traveling health care work.
Traveling registered nurses and allied health professionals are widely considered heroes for their hard work and dedication in the medical field, and often enjoy special discounts and privileges because of this. But, unfortunately, in airports, traveling medical professionals are just like everybody else experiencing the struggles of long lines, delayed flights, and lost luggage.
While there’s no quick fix for every single obstacle you may encounter during your travels, we do have a few simple tips to make your experience a little easier for your next travel assignment.
Use Tracking Devices for Checked Bags
You may or may not be familiar with the popular AirTag tracking device made by Apple which sends secure Bluetooth signals to your cell phone communicating the location of your AirTag, which you can then track on a map in your iPhone’s Find My app. When put into your checked bags, AirTags are a helpful tool to ensure that your belongings arrive at your destination, and can help you to more easily locate your bags on a baggage carousel.
The problem with AirTags is, in addition to the fact that they only work for iPhone users since they’re not Android compatible, you can also only see the device’s location when it is within range to connect with your phone’s Bluetooth. This means that, in the event you cannot find your checked items on the baggage carousel at your destination, you won’t be able to track their current location to see if they got loaded on the wrong carousel, or worse, if they got lost in transit.
Luckily, there are many more device options out there that allow for long-distance tracking, including our recommendation, the affordable, and highly rated Tracki GPS device found on Amazon! Tracki is rechargeable, with a battery life of up to 5 days, and enables users to track it worldwide right from a convenient smart phone app.
Apply for TSA Precheck
TSA Precheck expedites TSA screenings for members of the program by making risk assessments prior to the traveler’s arrival at an eligible security checkpoint. As a member of TSA Precheck, you get to save time by skipping the long lines at regular checkpoints and using a shorter designated TSA Precheck lane instead.
TSA Precheck members also enjoy the time-saving benefits of not having to remove their shoes, belts, jackets, or electronic devices from heir carry-on bags. As an eligible passenger, when you travel with one of the 87 currently participating airlines, there will be a TSA Precheck indicator on your boarding pass, which you simply present to an agent at the TSA Precheck lane.
All you have to do to become a TSA Precheck member is apply online, and pay the associated $85 fee. Once your application is accepted, it is valid for up to 5 years!
Invest in Quality Luggage
Everyone knows that baggage handlers aren’t always the most careful with our precious cargo when we’re not watching. Our luggage is not only rifled through during searches, but is probably also being carelessly thrown around from location to location.
This is exactly why it’s important for frequent travelers to have high quality, heavy duty suitcases and packing cubes that can withstand some abuse. When you invest in your travel and packing gear, your items will not only be more organized, but also in better condition upon your arrival to your destination.
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