Truck drivers need to pack certain things for their trips. Of course, it helps to have a Trucker’s Atlas handy for navigation purposes, as well as a working CB to stay in contact with other truckers along the way. A box of tools for minor repairs to the truck is always a good thing to have on the road.
As for comfort, packing for overnight trips involves bringing toiletries like toothpaste and deodorant, as well as a couple hanged clothes, and stuff to keep you warm when the temperature’s downright freezing outside. T-shirts, sweatshirts, jeans, jackets and steel toe boots are what most truckers wear on a daily basis. Gloves, hats, and extra warm socks can be a godsend. It’s also a good idea to have your own warm sleeping bag; it doesn’t take up much space, but functions as needed. When you want to rest your weary head and it’s time for some much needed shut-eye, a comfortable pillow makes sleeping that much better.
Meanwhile, truckers like to have some entertainment available during down time/free time. While some are “old school,” bringing books and CDs along, many truckers today use a laptop computer or tablet in order to listen to podcasts and music and/or watch movies anywhere they go. A smartphone can be used to talk to loved ones as well as check social media sites like Facebook to see what’s going on in the world. Don’t forget your chargers and adapters for electronic devices.
Something as simple as a pair of sunglasses is a much-needed item to have, especially for trips heading west. An emergency kit with things like band-aids is also a good item to pack.
A trucker’s packing list really depends on how far he or she is going, and how long he or she will be away from home and/or “civilization.” There are some runs through rather barren lands where it’s nice to have food and water with you in the cab in case there’s no truck stop or convenience store for miles. Before a trip, make a list of items you think you’ll need, and then stock the truck accordingly.