Truckers Checklist: The Ultimate Guideline

As a new truck driver, you might not understand what it is like living in a semi and the many requirements that will make all your trips a success.

You’ll need a lot of things- like clothing, tools, foods, etc. - as you hit the road for days.

After consulting many professional truck drivers, I was able to put up the ultimate list of the things you need to bring with you to the road to make your trip free of frustration and disappointments and more convenient.

Let’s look at this checklist below…

Most Important Items

  • Cell phone
  • Log book
  • Accident kit (including camera)
  • C-TPAT/PIP (if needed)
  • Bolt seats (if needed)
  • Fuel/truck stop guide
  • Spare PARs and PAPs
  • Spare trip envelopes
  • Road atlas
  • CB radio

Truck Tools

These will save you from the hell of your truck breaking down in the middle of the road or when you want to do some minor maintenance tasks:

  • Hammer
  • Screwdrivers
  • Vice grips
  • A variety of wrenches
  • Socket wrench with different sockets
  • Flashlight
  • Electrical tape
  • Gladhands, air hoses, and lights
  • Bungee cords

Clothing

Pack some clothes that you’ll wear for the time you’ll be away from home. These include:

  • An extra pair of shoes or hikers
  • Winter boots for winter months)
  • Winter coat, toques, and gloves to ensure you stay warm in winter weather
  • Work gloves
  • Hard hat
  • Safety glasses
  • Reflective vest

Cleaning Supplies

It’s also essential to bring with you some cleaning supplies to keep your truck clean your unit- this will remove all the dirt present and give it a fresh smell at all times.

Cleaning items include:

  • Glass cleaner
  • Air freshener
  • General purpose cleaner
  • A small shop vac
  • Cleaning rags
  • Spot remover or carpet cleaner
  • Laundry detergent
  • Garbage bags
  • Dish soap

Stationery Items

I’m assuming you’ll also need to do some paperwork along the trip, so arm yourself with the following basic stationery supplies:

  • Blue or black ballpoint pens
  • Black marker
  • Paper/notebook
  • Calculator
  • Paper clips
  • Post it Notes
  • Ruler
  • Receipt book
  • Mini stapler with staples

Toiletry

For your daily personal hygiene, you’ll also need to take you with you a handful of toiletry stuff which you already know. In addition to these items, you might also consider carrying the following:

  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Wet wipes
  • Kleenex
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Shaving cream
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush

First Aid Kit

Your first aid kit ought to have the following contents:

  • Medicated ointment
  • Pain relievers
  • Cold meds
  • Tensor bandage
  • Tweezers
  • Antacids
  • Antihistamines

Money and Documents

  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Debit card
  • Have some cash on hand
  • Fast card
  • Health card
  • Health insurance info
  • Dangerous goods certificate or permit

Thinks To Cut Down Your Expenses

  • Fridge/cooler
  • Microwave
  • Hot plate
  • Lunchbox stove
  • Cooking utensils
  • Can opener
  • Thermos
  • Travel coffee mug
  • Coffee maker
  • Tin foil
  • Portable BBQ
  • Cutlery

Personal Items

  • Computer
  • Camera
  • I-pod
  • TV
  • Game systems
  • DVD player and DVDs

Final Word

Any truck driver who wants to enjoy a stress-free journey should arm themselves with the necessary items that will make life easy for them. Follow my complete guide above on the most important things to pack for your next trip to make it a great experience.

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