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6 things every trucker should always have on hand


6 things every trucker should always have on hand

More often than not, a trucker's life is lived on the road, and that means they likely have to have a stockpile of supplies for just about any eventuality. That takes careful planning, because you don't want to find yourself in a potentially problematic situation and not have the items you need to meet the new challenge head-on.

For that reason, when you pack for any trip - whether it's a few hundred miles or a few thousand - it's best to make sure you have the following in your cab:

1) A good tool box

You never know when you're going to run into a situation that requires some mechanical know-how and the right tools for the job, according to Schneider. Making sure your tool box is fully stocked with all the screwdrivers, socket wrenches and even the spark plugs and other small components you may need is just a good idea before you hit the road.

2) A power inverter

On any especially long trip, a power inverter is an absolute must, because it can provide electricity for everything from your laptop charger to your mini-fridge, Schneider advised. Alternately, you would also be wise to pack an extra phone charger or cord just to make sure you don't end up going without.

3) Quality, season-appropriate clothing

Whether it's the blistering heat of summer or the frigid temperatures of winter, dress in a way that makes you comfortable behind the wheel, according to CDL Jobs. However, those clothes might not be appropriate when you actually have to leave the truck, so having some extra pieces of apparel you can change into or put on over what you're wearing is always advisable.

4) A fully loaded toiletry bag

Even if you're only going out for a few days, never let your daily personal cleaning habits slip, CDL Jobs added. Having everything you need to properly care for your teeth (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash) and at least some deodorant and hand sanitizer is critical to keeping yourself feeling refreshed and maintaining good hygiene.

5) Cleaning products

Let's face it: The inside of your cab can get a little dirty even if you're diligent about clearing out the trash on a regular basis, according to America Truck Driving School. For that reason, cleaning supplies like bleach wipes, window cleaners, air fresheners, anti-bacterial spray and so on are always a good idea to have on hand. Another thing that you should have literally on-hand? Some heavy-duty rubber gloves so you don't damage your skin when doing a deep clean.

6) Supplies for an emergency

There may be plenty of times when you have to get out of your truck in less than ideal circumstances, and you need to be prepared, America Truck Driving School. That may mean packing a flashlight and flares, a First-aid kit, an emergency supply of snacks and water or even more items that will help you get through a difficult situation. 

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