Trucking careers are popular because they have flexible hours and pay well. However, spending extended periods of time on the road is part of the job.
An emergency could arise at any given moment, so drivers need to be prepared. Check out these essential items all truck drivers need to carry.
Showers can be few and far between on the road, so make sure you have your toiletries and bathroom supplies with you for stops at rest areas and hotels.
If you plan to be gone for a week, consider packing a few towels and shower supplies such as flip-flops, washcloths, and soap. Other essentials include wet wipes, a toothbrush, and toothpaste. Additionally, pack toilet paper and disinfectant wipes—rest stops are not always the cleanest places.
There may be opportunities to do laundry, but packing an extra set of clothes is still a good idea. The weather may change quickly while you’re traveling, especially in the winter. Your checklist for the cold weather should include an extra coat, hat, and pair of gloves and boots.
A blanket wouldn’t hurt, either.
Because highways are not always well-lit, keeping a flashlight on hand is important. If you need to pull over and survey your truck, a flashlight helps you see and alerts passing cars to your presence.
Try to keep more than one heavy-duty flashlight on hand, and always have extra batteries.
First Aid Kit
Always travel with a first aid kit. Keep it with you on the dashboard or inside the glove compartment. Your kit should always be fully stocked and include supplies to help you manage minor and major injuries until you can receive medical attention, if necessary. Include the following:
- Adhesive bandages
- Antibiotic cream
Food might be the most important item to bring along. Bringing your own nonperishable meals and snacks is a great way to avoid the toll that gas-station food can take on your wallet and health.
To remain safe and prepared, never hit the open road for your next truck-driving gig without bringing along these essential items.