As a trucker, you’re on the road for long stretches of time. There are lots of things you’ll need to be prepared for any situation the road can bring. It’s important to get a checklist together, especially for your longer trips. Packing your truck with the right essentials can help you stay well-fed, hydrated, safe, and on the right track with your freight load. While there are many things you’ll need on the road, here are just 6 items that every trucker should pack.
1. Road Atlas
There are various ways to keep track of your routes. There are even multiple kinds of the tried-and-true road atlas, which is essential for any trucker to stay safe on the road. You can choose the traditional paper atlas, which is available for free at many truck stops, or you can purchase a laminated road atlas to protect it from spills or other wear over time.
2. Note Taking Supplies
Whether you’re using a classic paper or laminated atlas, you’ll want to make note of your routes, directions, or any other notes you use during your day-to-day. If you use a paper atlas, sticky notes are great for note-taking. For a laminated atlas, you can simply make notes right on the map with dry erase markers.
A cooler is absolutely essential for truckers on the road for long stretches of time. Keeping your own healthy snacks with you can help you save money and stay healthier on the road. A cooler can keep water bottles, vegetables, snack foods, and fruits cold during your ride. Try a collapsible or soft-sided cooler for easy storage when not in use.
4. Shower Caddy
Keep all your essentials with you by using one shower bag to carry your toiletries, changes of clothes, towels, and more. This way, you’ll have all the supplies you need in one convenient place when you stop for much-needed rests and showers.
A flashlight can come in handy in a variety of situations. You may need to look over your truck in case of problems on the road at night or look into hard-to-reach spaces. Keeping a small toolbox with a flashlight and other simple tools is essential in case of emergency.
At the end of the day, you need to be mindful of your health on the road. Remember to keep water with you in order to stay hydrated.
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