Packing Guide of Must-have Items for Truck Drivers
- Window Cleaner Wipes – Keep a box of window cleaner wipes to clean dirt and smudges off of your windows and windshield.
- Baby Wipes/Adult Bath Wipes – With these handy pre-moistened wipes, you can conveniently wipe your hands and face, or even clean sticky spills or dirty surfaces in the cab.
- Gloves – Bring an extra pair of gloves with you to protect your hands. You will find them helpful when driving or working with your truck, especially during the cold months.
- Water Bottle and plenty of water – When you are sitting down and driving for long hours, it is important to stay hydrated. Although drinking more water might require more frequent bathroom stops, water is what keeps your body functioning. It relieves fatigue, improves mood, prevents headaches from dehydration, and even improves blood circulation.
- Snacks and Food – pack healthy and balanced snacks to avoid a sugar crash. Protein bars, fruits (fresh and dried), nuts, canned food, and peanut butter are some good options.
- Cell phone, Bluetooth headsets, and charger – Don’t forget the charger!
- Bag of Shower Supplies and Towels – Bring some of your own as some truck stops might not have any shower supplies you need. A backpack with straps or a hanging loop makes showering more convenient.
- Flashlight – In case you have to go outside of your truck when it’s dark, pack a working flashlight and extra batteries.
- Medication / First Aid Kit – Along with a first aid kit, don’t forget to bring your own medication that you take regularly.
- Toolbox – Keep a small kit with hammer, pliers, screwdrivers, duct tape, utility knife, and adjustable wrenches, etc.
- Garbage Bags – Collect your trash and keep your cab clean and tidy.
- Ice Cleats/Spikes – For your safety when walking around outside your truck during winter.
- All required credentials and documents – Copy of your CDL, proper license with endorsements, etc. Make sure to check the requirements with your employer.
- Picture of Your Family – Remember that your family is always thinking of you and cheering you on!
Consider putting together an organized box of items that always stays in the truck or is easy to grab before each trip. That will make leaving for each route a little faster and less stressful.
Some of these items might be for your convenience, but many of them are for your safety. Even if your route is short, it is still a good idea to pack all the essentials because unpredictable emergencies and weather conditions happen. It doesn’t hurt to be prepared!