Truck Driver Essentials for Life on the Road

Never Be Without the Essentials

You’ve made the decision to start a new chapter of your life working as a truck driver. That’s great! Truck driving is a fulfilling and rewarding profession. But what items should you bring along to make your new career a successful one? Below is a list of several items that many truckers have said are necessary for a successful driving career. They have been broken into categories of essential, emergency, and comfort items, so you can easily choose which items you need the most.

Essential Items

No matter how long you plan to be on the road, the following items are absolutely essential for a safe, successful truck driving career. These items can also make your trip a little more enjoyable:

  • Change of shoes and clothes
  • Non-perishable foods and snacks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Baby wipes
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Rain gear (coat, poncho, and boots)
  • Shower shoes
  • Document binder
  • Electronic chargers
  • Hands-free phone mount

Emergency Items

Anything can happen while you are on the road, and it is important to always be prepared for the worst-case scenario. The following essential items will help keep you—and other people on the road—safe:

  • First aid kit (including bandages, disinfectants, and pain medication)
  • Mylar blanket
  • Paper map
  • Toolbox
  • Tire chains
  • Flashlight
  • Flares
  • Light-reflective clothing
  • Extra cash

Comfort Items

You are going to be spending a lot of time in your truck. Make it feel like your home-away-from-home with some of the following luxury items to keep you comfortable and entertained:

  • Camera
  • Insulated lunch bag
  • Thermos
  • Cooler
  • Portable toilet
  • Sleeping gear
  • Grip-coated gloves
  • Seat cushion
  • Coffee maker
  • Entertainment (music/audio books/podcasts, books, crossword puzzles, a laptop, etc.)

If you follow this truck driver essentials list, you are sure to be well-equipped for your routes and truly enjoy you.

Still deciding if a career as a truck driver is right for you? At Napier Truck Driver Training, we want to see you succeed. Contact us here with any questions or browse our website for more information.