How to Pack for Life on the Road
As a truck driver, you could be away from home for up to two to three weeks at a time. On long trips like these, your truck becomes like a second home. The items you need to take with you will depend on the amount of time you plan to spend on the road and your personal preference.
We’ve created a list to help you decide what you will need to take on those extra-long road trips.
You will need to bring all the basic personal items you typically use when at home, which includes everything from clothes to hygiene products. Keep in mind that you may need to bring different clothes based on the areas on your route. If you travel to a cold location, don’t forget to bring a coat and pants. Likewise, you don’t want to have packed only have long-sleeved shirts in a hot location.
You also need to pack appropriate footwear for driving. For instance, when driving a flatbed, drivers should wear steel toe boots to keep their feet safe. You may also benefit from packing a pair of sunglasses for eye protection.
You will want to bring comfortable sleeping arrangements as well. Consider investing in an indoor sleeping bag. These bags often take up less room than blankets or outdoor sleeping bags. You will need plenty of rest for your long drive ahead, so make sure you have items that will help you sleep comfortably at night.
Here are some other items you should include on your personal items checklist:
- Shower flip flops
- Foot powder
- Disinfectant spray for toilets
- Hygiene products (shaving cream, razor, tooth brush, deodorant, soap)
- Wash cloth and towel
Most trucking companies don’t want their operators performing maintenance on their trucks. However, when you get in a tight spot, a basic toolbox may come in handy. It’s far better to be over prepared than under prepared. Along with basic tools, your list should include a 72-hour kit that has medical supplies and food in case of an emergency or breakdown. Similarly, you should pack a Trucker’s Atlas in case your electronics lose power or break.
If you prefer to work in clean environments, include cleaning tools on your packing list. You will need these items to clean up small spills in your truck or vacuum up crumbs from lunch. You may want to include the following items:
- 72-hour kit
- Adjustable wrench
- Duct tape
- Electric tape
- Hand vacuum
- Screw driver
- Vise grip
- Clorox wipes
Whether you’re on the road or at a rest stop, you will need items to keep you entertained. Consider investing in a tablet or laptop so you can video chat, listen to music or books, take pictures, or browse the internet. These devices save space by having all the entertainment you need in one compact device.
Download enough videos and music that will last for the duration of your trip before you leave. If you know that a video will distract you, download an audiobook or two instead. Don’t forget to pack adapters and chargers for your electronics.
Communication also matters while you drive. Take your cell phone and a car charger to make sure you have contact with someone in case of an emergency.
Once you have all your needed items packed, organize them neatly into your truck before you leave. This way you know that everything will fit in the truck as well as where things are once you start driving.
Use these tips and tricks to pack for life on the road and always remember to drive safe. Browse our website if you have any further questions.
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