10 More Things Every Trucker Should Travel With.
A few weeks ago, we went over 12 Things Every Trucker Should Travel With. But wait, there’s more!
That’s right, there are 10 more things that every professional trucker should carry with them whenever possible. You know the drill, so let’s not dilly-dally. Here are 10 more things every trucker should travel with:
Whilst you might consider yourself a bit of a lone wolf, spending long periods on the road can be lonely. And, if you’re without these few items to communicate with friends and family whilst you’re on the road, it can be even worse. So, make sure you always have one or more of the following, because you’ll need them:
This one goes without saying, as most people carry their phone with them wherever they go. But, in this case, you’ll want to make sure you have a smart
phone, one that’s able to provide you with video calls, either via Whatsapp, Facetime, or even Facebook Messenger.
You’ll also need to make sure your phone provider allows you to make calls from outside of the UK (if you’re travelling outside of the UK, that is). Unless you want to be hit with a huge bill at the end of each month.
Along with a smartphone, you’ll also need to bring along a charger (for obvious reasons), perhaps a stand or holder for your phone, and headphones. None of these devices will take up much space in your cab and will make your calls with friends and family that much more enjoyable when you’re on the road.
Please note, you should only ever use your mobile phone when parked in an appropriate area. We do not recommend or suggest using your phone whilst driving.
For the drivers who prefer using a larger screen when speaking to friends and family, tablets such as iPads provide more-or-less the same features as a smartphone, but on a larger screen.
The same rules apply, you’ll need a charger and potentially a stand for comfort. However, you’ll want to check if your model is Wi-Fi only, or if it can perform services that require the internet without a Wi-Fi connection. If so, you’ll once again want to notify the provider that you may be headed abroad, or else you’ll be hit with a hefty bill.
Because, unless you’re bi-lingual, you’re going to need it.
Unlike the other entries in this part of the list, this isn’t necessarily to speak to your loved ones. Rather, if you’re in the middle of nowhere and you need to know where the bathroom is, this will help. You can thank us later.
Pen and Paper.
Nothing beats a pen and paper – except maybe a pencil and paper (but then you’ll need a sharpener and all sorts).
When you’re on the road, you may want to write your loved ones a hand-written note or letter. Of course, to post these, you’ll need to find a local post office or service, but the principle remains the same. It’s always a safe bet to have these items in your cab anyway, so having the option to write a heartfelt note whilst on the road is always nice to have.
Unless you’re new to trucking, I’m sure you’ve already realised you’ll need to bring clothing with you. However, what you might not have thought about is exactly what type of clothing you’ll need in your cab. Well, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Although we’re sure you’re a clean and hygienic individual, some people aren’t. So, when it comes to using showers in rest-stops and truck stations, you’re going to want to wear these in there. Perhaps we should mention they also need to be waterproof…
Not only are these good for showering, but they’re also great for getting air to your feet. So, the next time you stop your truck to take a break, if the weather permits, pop on your flip flops!
A Warm Coat.
Regardless of the time of year or where you’re travelling, it’s always smart to bring a warm coat with you.
That’s it, that’s the entry. We’re not messing about with this one, take a warm coat with you, it can get cold outside!
Whilst socks may not be at the top of your ‘priority items’ list, they are a necessity. Just think, without socks, you’re going to get blisters, cold feet, and more.
Let’s say you wear 7 pairs of socks per week (which isn’t too unusual), pack at least 9. It only takes 1 hole and bam, you’re without a pair of socks for the day.
Stock your cab up with socks. Warm socks, trainer socks, boot socks, you name it. Whilst they won’t save your life, they are a crucial item for comfort on the road. And comfort is king.
Yes, we’ve left the best until last. Now, of course, you can buy food at truck stops, petrol stations, and locally on your travels. But, buying food daily from these places can soon get pricey (maybe now you understand why you couldn’t always have school dinners or takeaways. At least, I understand why now). So, here’s a few food-based and snacking items you should take with you:
Previously, we’ve highlighted The Best 7 Snacks to Take on The Road, so we won’t go into too much detail here.
Brief summary – make sure they’re healthy and try for un-salted snacks. Or else, you’re going to need a lot of:
Bottled water from service stations and truck stops can get expensive, let alone the amount of plastic waste that will then clog up your cab (which you should always recycle). So, try taking your own.
Water bottles aren’t expensive and can often be topped up at various places on the road (again, service stations, etc, not literally on the road). So, a water bottle is definitely a must-have item for any trucker. Maybe even two. But be sure to make sure you don’t drink too much, or else you’ll need that translation app to help find the truck stop toilets.
Energy tablets aren’t very expensive and can often help if you’re feeling a little sluggish when on the road. However, it’s important to remember that energy tablets aren’t a replacement for proper rest and sleep. They’re only to be used in moderation, and sparingly. If you’re eating them like nuts or crisps, then something is wrong.
Coffee could be considered a must-have item to have in your cab, but too much can be an unhealthy habit to fall into. However, if you’re a big coffee fan, and you consider it essential, you may want to invest in a thermos. It’ll keep your coffee hot and fresh whilst you’re driving.
Energy drinks are another option, but again, we’d recommend only using them every so often. Not only will these likely result in you needing to stop at a rest stop not long after, but they can also get expensive when compared to other options. Whilst they’re not a must-have item, they’re an option if you’re without alternatives.
Here we find ourselves at the end of our list. Think we’ve missed anything? Or perhaps you have some items in your cab that you consider must-have? If so, let us know in the comments section, and we’ll consider putting them into a future blog.
Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you on the road!