Business has brought you to this new town and it is now your home for the next few months. The new atmosphere indeed is quite interesting and although you may want to wander around for a while, there is something to be done first- unpack your belongings. If you are a new to the traveling dentist world, you may be considering the option of merely living out of a few boxes- but be assured that your stay can often become a lot longer than originally planned. Unpacking and making yourself comfortable in your new room is very helpful when it comes to making it feel just like home.
Where am I?
Something you need to keep in mind as a traveling dentist is location. Discussing the situation with your agency is a must, but you will not want to be located far away from your clinic or stores. Remember that groceries, fuel and work are going to be regular commutes so ensuring that you find a spot close to all of these locations, prior to your arrival, is important. Study your new town online and familiarize yourself with the area. This is always helpful for any traveler.
Here now…what first?
First things first…Is your new room right for you? You will want to ensure that everything is in order with your room because you’re going to be living there awhile. Make sure that everything you requested is right, such as office furniture or special equipment.
Now that your feet have landed, it is time to unload and unpack. But with all your stuff- what comes first? A bit of entertainment always livens up the mood. Put on some of your favorite music. This will get you moving around and ready to unpack and get settled in.
Essentials are the first boxes to be opened. These are likely the items that you need for work and possibly for survival (i.e. medicine and necessaries). Get your bathroom organized and set up to your liking.
After your necessaries are taken care of, it is time for comfort. This is your sanctuary for the next few months and you want to ensure you get settled in as quickly as possible. Pictures of your family, a favorite blanket or pillow for familiarity, and perhaps the book you are currently reading can make you feel more comfortable.
If you have brought your own cookware and food- or if you ran down to the store and picked up some supplies, the kitchen would be your next target for organizing. The nice thing about corporate housing is the always ready kitchen. You don’t have to order food or eat out for the next few months, so make your kitchen work for you.
As you get settled in, you can now relax and check things out around the area. If you have arrived a few days early, this is an opportune time to get to know the town. Locate important spots – grocery, gas station, and don’t forget to find the nearest park if you brought your pup along with you. As long as you feel at home, you are at home.