No matter if you are a seasoned trucker or new to the job, you spend a lot of your time on the road, in your truck, and there are certain things that you absolutely need to make your life on the road more comfortable and practical.
Here is our list of trucking essential items you should pack before getting in your truck and hitting the road.
1. First aid kit and emergency kit
In case of an accident or in case of a breakdown you should have a first aid kit with you and an emergency kit that consists of food and other supplies you might need if you are stuck somewhere without an option to buy supplies. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
2. Trucking Emergency gear
You should be ready for any situation, weather changes or truck breakdowns where you have to do minor repairs, so here is a list of gear you might find useful:
–emergency weather gear, both for you and your truck, like sturdy boots, weather-appropriate clothing, work gloves, light-reflective clothes, road flares and cones and chains for your tires in case of snow;
-the next thing is your toolbox which should consist of zip ties, pliers, a screwdriver, a wrench set, brake cleaner, tire pressure gauge, flashlight and extra batteries, a pocket knife and a hammer;
down you should have a first aid kit with you and an emergency kit that consists of food and other supplies you might need if you are stuck somewhere without an option to buy supplies. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
3. Cleaning supplies
To avoid getting your truck messy and then having to live in that mess for the entirety of your trip, bring some cleaning supplies like air freshener spray, handheld vacuum, all purpose cleaner, paper towels, laundry detergent, dashboard conditioner and disinfectant wipes.
4. Trucking Overnight kit
You will often have overnight trips so making a kit with these supplies will prove to be useful and will make your life on the road much more comfortable. In this kit, you will need: toothbrush and toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, deodorant, shampoo and body wash or soap, wet wipes, your daily pills, and if possible, and you wear them, an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
5. GPS and an atlas or a map
Every truck driver should have a GPS system these days, it is something that makes your life as a driver a lot easier, but what if the GPS breaks? You should bring an atlas or a map of the area in such cases that your GPS fails you, plus they are sometimes more precise than a GPS system.
6. Office supplies
On your job, you will have to handle some paperwork so you should have appropriate folders and envelopes for those, pens, notepads, dry erasers marker, duct tape and super glue. These can prove to be useful and they don’t take up too much space.
7. Sleeping bag and a pillow
You should always try to avoid driving when you feel tired. Rest is very important, especially if you are doing a long drive. A sleeping bag and a pillow will help you with being comfortable and having a good night of sleep in a situation where you can’t stay in a hotel or a motel.
8. Trucking Snacks
There won’t always be a place where you can stop and grab a bite to eat, you won’t always have time for it either. You should bring some snacks that have a longer life span. Here are some food items that are good for travel: apples and bananas, crackers, peanut butter, meat jerky, baked goods and bread, canned soups and premade meals.
On your drives you need some time to rest, to recollect and to have some fun too. Bringing your laptop or tablet filled with your favorite movies or tv shows and podcasts, maybe a game console, some magazines, crosswords or sudoku, or a favorite book, all of these will help you not get bored on the road. Don’t forget to bring chargers for the electronics and your phone, or even a power bank to keep them all charged and ready to go.
10. Portable toilet and toilet paper
Last but not least, bring your emergency portable toilet and toilet paper, for just in case. Having the convenience of going to the bathroom whenever you need to instead of looking for a convenient place to stop for this reason, can prove to be useful and make you feel more comfortable and relaxed.
You can add or take away some of these items, it all depends on your lifestyle, on what you are used to, and what makes you feel comfortable. Some of these items might be very useful, and others might not be what you, personally, need. You can always make your own “Road survival kit for truckers” and include all the items that you find to be essential. The most important thing still is to take care of yourself and others on the road and to stay safe.