Trucking Essentials: Top 10 Must-Have Items for the Road

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Trucking Essentials
Being a truck driver means spending a lot of time on the road, and that means you won’t have access to all the supplies and necessities of home. Certain items seem essential during times of distress, yet you would not have thought of until you need it the most. All drivers are different and will want to bring different things with them, but here are a few great items to pack that will help keep your mind at ease.

Here is our list of top 10 must-have items for the road

  1. First-Aid Kit: It is important to have a fully stocked first-aid kit, with adhesive bandages in all sizes, sterile gauze pads, alcohol or disinfectant wipes, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, scissors, and a few packs of oral medications such as antihistamines and a pain reliever/fever-reducer. Make sure the one you have is adequate or get a good, new one.
  2. Emergency Kit: A good emergency kit will include batteries, a flashlight, bottled water, flares, duct tape, jumper cables, canned food, extra gloves, socks, and a hat, a window de-icer, a wrench, a knife, fuses, and pliers.
  3. Up to Date Road Atlas: Even though all trucks have GPS’s, unforeseen problems may occur with technology too. Just in case of those occurrences, having Randy McNally Motor Carrier’s Road Atlas is great and specifically made for truck drivers.
  4. Road Flare & Cones: For emergencies, truck drivers should have road flares and cones. Road flares would be in the emergency kit, and they will be appreciated when they’re needed the most.
  5. Electronics: Keeping a few of these electronic items will be important just for personal use. Power inverter, Phone charger, Extra 12-volt chargers and cords for backup, and headphones are just a few that you should have.
  6. Healthy Snacks: Instead of having junk food at hand, keeping fruit, sunflower seeds, nuts whole-grain crackers, and dark chocolate nearby will help you stay alert on the road. Here’s some more information on staying healthy on the road.
  7. Extra Money Having a couple hundred dollars hidden away can be handy in case you need to get a hotel room or purchase supplies or fuel and have lost your wallet. Just in case, do not bring too much cash.
  8. Extra Clothing: Pack enough clothes and pack the right clothes. The clothing you bring should comfortable and appropriate for whatever weather you may face.
  9. Tire Pressure Gauge: A low cost tool to have is tire tread depth gauge which helps you see when your tires are getting too worn down. These tools can help you avoid any accidents due to tire issues.
  10. Handheld Vacuum: Unlike regular vacuums, these do not take up a lot of space, and they still get the job done. Keep your cab clean, while not worrying about any future messes.

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