The life of a travel nurse comes with many rewarding perks that most people wish their day jobs included—adventure, excitement, new places to explore and new people to meet.

To ensure you’re getting the most out of your experience and staying safe during each new assignment, consider the follow list of common-sense precautions:

1. Cultivate a solid relationship with your recruiter

When you sign a new contract, be sure to take the time to connect and develop a healthy relationship with your travel nursing recruiter. As your first contact for any concerns about your assignment—safety or otherwise—your recruiter should be someone you trust enough to exchange cell phone numbers with. Get in the habit of texting or calling your recruiter with any questions you may have about your new job, location and more. Even better: Encourage your recruiter to check up on you periodically, too.

2. Keep your family and friends informed of your plans

Even if you’ve made the move for a new assignment by yourself, it’s always a good idea to stay in contact with your loved ones back home. By keeping them in the loop about both your travel plans and daily plans, you’re ensuring you’ve got people who know where you are and how to reach you in the case of an emergency—big or small.

3. Travel in a Group

It’s always exciting to head out on the town to discover all that a new city has to offer. And it’s always a good idea to explore with a group of people, too. The phrase “safety in numbers” may be a cliché, but there’s a reason people use it. Whether you’re going museum-hopping or getting a feel for the nightlife, don’t be shy about asking new acquaintances or coworkers to join you. Consider it a way to stay safe and make some new friends.

4. Choose your hotel or living arrangements wisely

Plan ahead before you arrive in your new location—research the crime statistics for different areas of the city where you’ll be staying as well as the reviews for the hotel, apartment or lodging arrangements available to you. If you’re staying in a hotel, avoid rooms that open straight out to the parking lot and rooms on the ground floor, as they are often the most vandalized. And last but not least: Always be sure to park in well-lit areas.

5. Create a plan of last resort

It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Although the hope is that you won’t need one, be sure to have a plan of last resort in place in case of natural disasters, medical or other serious emergencies while navigating unfamiliar environments. In these cases, always call 911 before doing anything else. Next, be sure to keep the address of where you’re staying, your personal emergency contacts and other important information on your person at all times.

Headed to TravCon next week? Keep these tips in mind to ensure you enjoy your weekend in Las Vegas without unnecessary agonizing over safety.