Whether you’re new to driving or a seasoned veteran, there are essential items to keep stocked in your cab. We checked in with a few drivers to uncover the essentials for life on the open road. Here’s what we found…
1. Shower flip-flops
Many showers aren’t exactly known for their cleanliness. Avoid a possible fungal infection by carrying shower flip-flops with you when you’re on the job!
2. Sleeping bag/blanket + pillow
Carrying sheets and bedding is difficult. Some drivers find it much more convenient to take a sleeping bag instead.
3. Emergency bathroom container and toilet paper
Well, we don’t think there’s much explaining to be done on this one.
4. Hygiene basics — toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap
Most folks we spoke with said every driver should make a bathroom kit filled with travel size containers of all the basics.
According to drivers, flatbed truckers find gloves to be particularly essential. Not only do gloves provide warmth on cold days, but they’re a good way to protect your hands from injury.
You never know when you might need to step out of your truck at night to check the engine or tires.
7. Bad weather gear
Given the mileage drivers cover, it’s important to be prepared for rain or shine so make sure to keep an extra jacket and pair of boots in-cab.
8. Dash-mounted cell phone holder
Safety is key. Avoid tickets and play it safe with a hands-free, bluetooth setup for your phone.
9. Water and nonperishable food
It’s important to stay nourished, and eating out can be time consuming and expensive. Keep ample water and healthy, nonperishable snacks in-cab.
This item is very relevant to team drivers, particularly if the co-driver snores! A set of earplugs ensures good rest, which every driver needs to be safe and efficient on the job.