As a new truck driver, there are many things you need to learn about the industry. From the actual job, to communicating with other drivers and getting used to being on the road for so long at a time. A part of spending a long time on the road is learning what to bring with you. This is why we’ve compiled a list of the most important essentials of what to bring with you on the road. Read on to see the top 10 things to bring and a few other helpful resources too!
- Toiletries and Shower Supplies
No matter the length of your trip, you should always bring shower supplies to stay hygienic and be prepared in case of any emergencies or an unexpectedly extended trip.
- Cash/Credit Cards
The last thing you want is to be stranded in an unknown place with no funds. Always make sure to have a credit card and/or some cash with you on the road.
- First Aid Kit
Whether it be a scrape or headache or something worse, having a first aid kit on board your truck is always a good idea.
Even if it’s the middle of the summer, it’s always better to be safe than sorry (and warm than freezing!)
- Cell Phone Charger
Most trucking companies offer a company phone, but make sure you always have a charger and a backup charger! They can get pricey at truck stops.
- Hat or Sunglasses
Instead of dealing with driving into the sun, prepare yourself for day driving and even the occasional glare at night.
Another thing that can get pricey at truck stops: food. Pack healthy snacks and anything that will keep you energized on the go.
- Bedding/Sleeping Bag
All sleeping arrangements are different, but make sure to have comfortable bedding or a sleeping bag to keep you warm at truck stops!
- Road Atlas
You never know when your phone, GPS, or other navigation could die, so there’s nothing like having the old-fashioned fallback; a paper atlas and map.
- Plenty of Water
Stay hydrated on your trip, but make sure you don’t drink too much and have to stop frequently!
Hopefully, our top 10 list helps you pack your bag for your first trip! If not, check out these other resources as well:
- Packing List for Truck Driving School
- What are the Must-Have Supplies for Truckers?
- A New Driver’s Packing List
- The Must-Have Packing List for All New Truck Drivers
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