Travel can be a source of much frustration and delays at times. Getting through airport security, cancellations, rushing to make a connecting flight, reservation mix-ups, weather, the list goes on and on. We like to make the experience as pleasant as possible so here are some tips from Lexx Healthcare for providers hoping to make their travel experience easier.
TSA Pre-Check Program
When you apply and are approved in the TSA Pre-Check program, you can enjoy expedited screening at certain airports. When you fly often, this program can greatly reduce the time and hassle of screening. According to the TSA, Pre-Check individuals often have separate lines with 93% of participants completing their screening in less than five minutes.
Most airline agencies allow you to check in to your flight via e-mail or mobile application 24 hours before you fly. You can then print your boarding pass and bring it with you or save it to your cell phone. You may also be able to choose your seat at that time instead of leaving it up to chance when you get on the plane.
Know the weather where you’ll be traveling to and pack accordingly. Dressing in layers the day of the flight can also be useful, so if you feel it’s too cool or too warm you can add or remove layers. Pack your fluids close to the top of your suitcase so you can access them easily for screening, and place them in a spill-proof bag just in case one of the containers is leaky.
When You Fly
If you don’t want to pay extra for snacks or a meal at the airport, consider having a meal beforehand and/or packing some snacks like trail mix or energy bars for your time at the airport. Wear clothing that’s not too tight so you feel more comfortable. Keep your electronics chargers handy and take advantage of the charging stations available at many airports while you wait for your flight.
Driving Your Car
If you live close enough to your assignment location, you may want to drive your own car. Keep track of your mileage when you drive as many facilities will reimburse you. Be sure to check your tires and fill up your gas tank before you drive any long distances.
Depending on when your assignment starts or ends, you may need to check in early or check out late at your hotel. Many hotels are happy to accommodate this when they can, but the earlier you make the request the better. Additionally, check out of the hotel to avoid additional charges.
Travel is essential to locum tenens providers, and Lexx Healthcare offers to book all travel arrangements for our providers. Reach out to your consultant today if you’d like to take advantage of our superb service!