Let’s face it - whether you’re a full-time trucker who drives from coast to coast or someone who works with a home time trucking company like Eagle Logistics, being out on the road can be difficult at times. But why make things hard on yourself when some simple items can make life a little easier? That’s right - there are plenty of must-have supplies for truck drivers that will make truck driving a whole lot more comfortable, and maybe even a little more fun.
What kind of supplies are we talking about, you ask? Well, we aren’t just going to leave you in the dark like that! We decided to put together a list of our favorite truck driving supplies that our drivers use in their day-to-day lives out on the road.
Cooler: First thing’s first - you’ve got to have a cooler while you’re driving long distances! Coolers will come in handy in many instances. For one, you can keep several bottles of water and other drinks cool in between your stops. You can also pack your own food to save money and stay healthy instead of getting fast food while you’re out on the road. Need a snack? You don’t even need to stop at a restaurant - just grab a quick bite to eat from your cooler. Seriously. We highly recommend this.
Clean Clothes: You know what my great uncle Frank used to say: you never know when you’ll need a nice clean change of clothes. In all seriousness, uncle Frank was right. Keeping a duffel bag with clean clothes, toiletries, towels, toilet paper, first aid kit, and other types of necessities will come in handy when you least expect it.
Gloves: You may be wondering what kind of gloves we’re talking about here, and really, we’re talking about multiple types of gloves. If you’re driving where there’s cold weather, it’s always a good idea to keep a pair of winter gloves in your truck to keep your hands warm while you’re driving. Our drivers also recommend keeping plastic or latex gloves on hand for sanitary reasons - like when you need to touch something dirty. Work gloves also come in handy in the case that you need to fix something on your truck and want to keep your hands protected. Let’s put it this way: get some gloves!
Maps & GPS: In the digital world we live in, most people have GPS. And GPS is a wonderful tool for truck drivers! But what happens when your GPS dies or you lose connection to the satellite that’s giving you directions? Instead of getting lost, it’s always a good idea to keep maps and road atlases in your truck so you don’t run into any issues while you’re on the road. Believe us - they’re worth the investment.
Window Cleaner: If you want to be able to see out of your windows safely, then you may want to keep some window cleaner like Windex or window wipes in your cab. Keeping a clean truck will not only help you drive safely, but it will also make you feel more comfortable while you spend long hours driving from point A to point B.
Tool Box: When we have new drivers start at Eagle Logistics, we always recommend they add a toolbox to their list of supplies for truck drivers. That’s because you never know when something may break or need to be tightened or even removed! Having a toolbox with a variety of tools is always a good idea and can be helpful in many situations.
Flashlight: While we hope you never break down, we definitely hope you never break down at night time, especially. But if you do, you should always keep a flashlight in your truck just in case. Flashlights can also come to your aid if you drop something under your seat and need to retrieve it but don’t have enough light to see. Either way, a flashlight is a handy tool that is inexpensive and worth having for your trips.
Of course, there are a million other things we can think of that belong on this list, too, but the items listed above are definite must-haves for every truck driver. As always, if you’re interested in becoming a driver with Eagle Logistics, be sure to check out our career page, and head over to our blog for more tips and tricks about being a trucker.