If you’re new to the industry, you’ve probably thought about what truckers need on the road. Truckers travel for days, weeks or even months at a time, so forgetting to bring essential items could spell disaster. Before setting out for your next assignment, check out this list of things truckers need on the road:
Things Truckers Need on the Road for Daily Travel:
1. Source of Entertainment
After a long day of driving, you deserve some time for relaxation. Be sure to pack some items that will help you enjoy your free time on the road. Books, newspapers, magazines and other print materials are great options because they’re portable and the batteries never die. If you enjoy technology, you can turn to your smartphone, portable DVD player or iPod. Remember to pack car chargers for these devices.
2. Simple snacks
Snacks and quick meals are things all truckers need. While on the road, you may not have the convenience of stopping for luxury meals, and fast food gets old pretty fast. Pack your own snacks to save time and money. Fruit snacks, granola bars, and hard-skinned fruits are easy to pack, require no preparation and don’t need to be refrigerated. Consider packing healthy options, like mixed nuts, which are perfect for travel and can even help lower your cholesterol. Bring a small cooler for drinks and any perishable foods you can’t live without.
3. Cash & a Credit Card
It’s always a good idea to carry some extra cash with you. If your packed lunch gets soggy and you need a new lunch, or you need to buy a new car charger for your GPS, it never hurts to have some penny cash with you in the cab. Be mindful of the amount of cash you bring, though. You can always cancel a credit card, but it’s hard to recover stolen or lost cash.
Things Truckers Need on the Road for Long Trips:
1. Plenty of Water
Always, always, always bring extra water. In bad weather storms or miles of traffic, you don’t know how long you may be stuck in the cab of your truck. Don’t be caught without water. Keep an extra gallon or two stored away for these situations.
2. Personal Hygiene Kit
Although you may be spending a lot of time alone in your truck, don’t neglect your personal hygiene. Bathing in a luxury spa isn’t realistic, but you can still complete a simplified cleansing routine. At the minimum, you’ll need a toothbrush, deodorant, and some soap. You may also wish to bring a shaving kit.
3. Extra Clothing
If you’ll be traveling for days on end, you’ll need to pack extra outfits. Of course, you’ll need extra work attire, but you’ll also need casual clothing. When you have downtime on long trips, you’ll want to wear something other than your uniform. Pack some casual outfits days when you want to eat out at a restaurant, walk around a new town or catch a movie.
4. Sleeping Supplies
If you have to sleep in the truck for a few days, make sure you bring along some sleeping supplies. Truck stops can be loud, busy and bright places. For quick naps in the cab, consider bringing earplugs to block out the sound and a sleep mask or screen to block out the light to make your rest more comfortable. Also, bring along some blankets and a pillow. Depending on your situation, you may also bring a cot to stick in the trailer.
Things Truckers Need on the Road for Emergencies:
1. GPS & Backup Maps
Travel is made easy with modern navigation systems. Although there are many advantages to using a GPS, it’s best to have a hard copy map of the places you’ll be traveling tucked away in your glove compartment.
2. First Aid Kit
Whether you cut your hand, have a headache or get a bee sting, it’s always handy to have a first aid kit nearby. First aid supplies will make for easier and more comfortable travel when minor emergencies arise.
3. Protective Gear
As a trucker, you may be fearful of robberies, attacks or other potential dangers as you travel. If you’re thinking about carrying a gun with you, be sure to check out the laws in your state as well as your employer’s policy.
When packing for your next trip on the road, consider the length of your trip. Bring only the necessities to make for quick and easy travel. Never be caught without these items when you’re on the road. What’s something you never leave without?