12 Things Every Trucker Should Travel With.
Nice and simple, this is a blog of 12 things every trucker needs to take with them on the road. These items can be broken down into 3 key areas: exercise, entertainment, safety, and food. So, here we go:
Of course, when you’re out on the road, you’re going to be sat for long periods. So, it’s important to pack a few things to help you get in your daily exercise. Don’t worry, we’re not going to tell you to pack a running machine or exercise bike. But, to help you get your excise on the road, you should take:
No, they’re not less-intelligent bells.
Dumbbells come in a range of sizes and weights, making them the perfect exercise item for any trucker. Of course, when we say perfect, we mean perfect for working out your arms. Good luck using dumbbells for your legs…
They come in all your favourite colours, so no excuses not to have these in your cabs.
Workout or resistance bands can be used in a few different ways, but all will help you get your daily amount of exercise in. When it comes to staying healthy, we’d recommend having these in your cab. After all, everybody needs to stay healthy. And if you’re going to stay healthy, you need these whilst on the road.
I know what you’re thinking. A trucker with a step counter? Why would I need this? I won’t be walking on the road! And, well, that’s exactly the point.
It’s recommended you take 10,000 steps per day to stay healthy. And, if you’re driving for the majority of the day, this can be hard to achieve. So, having a step counter will help you to keep track of how far away you are from that target, and encourage you to walk a bit more when you’re parked up or finished. These devices are cheap, small, and a must-have if you’re making an effort to stay active. Some phones even have these built into them, or have an app to download, making this a no-brainer and must-have for truckers.
Running Shoes/Workout Clothes.
This entry is more of a ‘just in case’ entry, as we don’t recommend wearing these whilst driving.
From time to time, you’ll find yourself in a location perfect for a run, jog, or lengthy walk. And, if time allows, you’ll want to take advantage of this. However, your regular driving clothing might not be the most comfortable or practical for these types of activities. So, be sure to pack some workout clothes in your cab. At some point, you’ll need them, and you’ll be thankful you’ve packed them when you do.
There’s only so far trees, cars, and roads will go in terms of entertaining you. And, of course, when you’re settling down for the night, you’re going to want some form of entertainment. Otherwise, you’ll be counting many circles there are on your blanket every night of the week. To keep yourself entertained, you should think about packing:
Books and Magazines.
The plus side of books and magazines is that, not only do they entertain, but they also never run out of battery! Who’d have thought?
Both of these items take up little space but can entertain for several hours during a trucker’s downtime. So, stock up your cab before hitting the road. You can pick up one or two extras from truck stops if you run out, but 3 or 4 books should do the trick.
No, the small crossword section at the back of a regular magazine doesn’t count.
Puzzle books are full of things to keep your brain active, whilst also entertaining you. From crossword to sudokus, puzzle books are a must-have item for any trucker. Another advantage is that these should last forever unless you have an IQ higher than Stephen Hawking.
In some situations, you’ll be able to kit out your cab with a TV and satellite dish, allowing you to catch up on all your favourite shows.
Not much else needs to be said about this. It’s a TV. I’m sure we all know how entertaining a TV can be.
iPads & Tablets.
Providing you’ve got a power supply to charge them, both iPads and other tablets can be massively useful items to keep you entertained.
From surfing the web to playing games, tablets can provide endless amounts of entertainment for any trucker. If you’ve got a way to charge and power these items, every trucker should consider bringing a tablet with them on the road.
When you’re on the road, you’re going to want to pack a few safety necessities just in case. Of course, we hope you won’t have to use these items, but it’s better to pack them and not use them, rather than need them and not have them. In terms of safety, you should always pack:
Hi-Vis Vest or Jacket.
The most fashionable of all vests & jackets, a hi-vis is an absolute must-have item for all truckers.
From breaking down to inspecting your vehicle, or simply to be seen when you’ve parked up your truck for the night, hi-vis clothing is multi-purpose. Of course, not in terms of what they do, as they’re clothing, and they’re hi-vis, so in that sense, they’re single-purpose. But they can be used at various times, all of which every trucker will find themselves in.
First Aid Kit.
From serious cuts to small booboos, a first aid kit is another must-have item for any trucker.
Any first aid kits contain will everything you’ll need for any basic medical incident. Of course, if it’s a serious injury or life-threatening, you’ll want to dial the emergency number (remember, this changes depending on which country you’re in), or visit a hospital. But, in terms of cuts, bumps, bruises, and more, a first aid kit will have what you need. So, always ensure your cab has one on-hand.
This is essentially the first aid kit for your truck – just don’t use things from an emergency kit in place of those from the first aid kit. A battery won’t help a cut.
Usually containing items such as a flashlight, flares, jumper cables, a winder de-icer, pliers, fuses, and more, an emergency kit is more than a must-have for any trucker. If you don’t have one of these in your cab, you’re going to have a bad time.
There’s not much to say here. They’re cones. You know, for when you break down and need some space to inspect your truck?
Yeah, that’s it. You should have cones with you on the road. That’s all for this entry.
And there we go, 12 things every trucker should travel with! Think we’ve missed any? Leave a comment to let us know!
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