Trucking Essentials: Top 10 Things Every Truck Driver Needs

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Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or brand new to truck driving, there are things you’ll want to always keep on hand. When it comes to trucking, your cab is your home on wheels. While this career gives you the freedom of the open road, it can be limiting if you don’t have the right equipment available to you. To ensure your long drives are filled with comfort and ease, here’s what truck drivers say are the top 10 essential items you need in your cab:

1.    Shower Shoes

When you pull in for the night after a long day of driving, nothing’s better than a hot shower. However, not all showers are maintained with the optimal level of cleanliness at all times. To prevent catching a fungal infection, bring a pair of shower shoes on the road with you. A simple pair of flip-flops can give you peace of mind when showering on the road.

2.    Sleeping Gear

You’ve got to maximize on comfort where you can. Some semi-truck drivers find it tedious to lug sheets and bedding around. Instead, many opt for the convenience of a sleeping bag. Roll it onto your mattress with ease and settle in for a peaceful night’s sleep. Don’t forget to pack a pillow!

3.    Emergency Bathroom Supplies

Avoid getting caught in the middle of nowhere without bathroom supplies. As a truck driver, you’re driving through many unfamiliar areas, especially if you’re just starting out. In case you’re not able to find a restroom on the road, load your truck with a bathroom container and toilet paper. While it’s not the ideal situation, it’s better than the alternative when you’re in a pinch. Maybe keep some hand sanitizer and wet wipes nearby too.

4.    Hygiene Basics

This is essential for any form of travel but especially for those who make a career out of it. When you’re packing the cab of your truck, don’t forget the basics. Pack a toothbrush, some toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, body wash or soap (depending on your preference), a hairbrush, and any other essentials to your daily routines.

5.    Gloves

Whether it’s the dead of winter or the searing hot summer, always keep a pair of gloves in the cab of your semi-truck. Not only will these keep your hands warm in colder weather, if you need to fiddle with your trucks engine or load and unload the trailer, gloves can protect your hands from injury.

6.    Flashlight

A flashlight can be a saviour when inspecting a flat tire or issues with your truck’s engine. Day or night, a little extra light can have a big impact.

7.    Cell Phone Holder

Distracted driving is never a good idea, especially if you’re wielding a massive semi-truck on a busy highway. To maximize efficiency, bring a dash-mounted cell phone holder on your trip. This way, you can go hands-free and enjoy the wonders of Bluetooth to get you through your hours on the road.

8.    Gear for Bad Weather

Rain or shine, you need to be prepared for all sorts of weather conditions. Keep a warm coat and a pair of boots in your cab, maybe a pair of woolly socks if you’re driving through the winter.

9.    Water and Non-Perishable Food

Your food and drink bill can quickly add up when on the road. While it’s fun to get take-out, it can become tedious and time consuming when it’s your only option. To stay nourished and on budget during your drives, keep water and healthy, non-perishable foods on hand.

10. Earplugs

This is important if you’re driving with a partner, especially if they snore. A good pair of earplugs can go a long way in giving you a peaceful night’s sleep. Even if you’re driving alone, earplugs can keep the noises of traffic out at night.

In Need of Truck Repair Service?

While it’s great to prepare the inside of your cab for its trucking journey, your semi-truck needs more than that. To ensure your engine is prepped and ready to go, drop by Dieseltech Truck Repair and Fleet Maintenance. We specialize in extensive repair services for all types of commercial trucks and trailers to ensure your journey is a smooth one. We also recommend that your truck be washed, this will help avoid many problems on the road. You can also use our truck wash bay service. Reach out today to book your truck repair service.