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Packing List Must Haves for a Truck Driver

Updated: Mar 16, 2020

You never know what you're going to encounter when you're on an over-the-road job and you can't exactly fit you're entire closet in your truck cab with you. So its pretty important that you don't forget any essential items. To makes things easier for you and give you idea of what you might need, we have complied a list of items you should take on your haul with you.


Buy a small shower bad and fill it up with your own items. This way you can save money instead of buying things at trucks stops, and it gives you the comfort of using the soaps you like while you're not at home. Things to remember are:

  • Towels

  • Shower gel

  • Face wash

  • Shampoo & Conditioner

  • Tooth brush & tooth paste

  • Deodorant

  • Lotion

  • Razors and shaving cream

  • Daily medications

  • Medicine for if you don't feel good


Make sure you pack enough (plus a little extra) so you don't run out of anything before you make it home from your haul. You will rarely be able to do laundry, so unless you want to wear smelly clothes or your birthday suit, having enough clothing is fairly important. Pack clothes that are comfortable and weather appropriate. Bring shirts (long and short sleeve), pants/shorts, shoes, and jackets for any weather you may hit. Don't forget enough underwear and socks, and something to sleep in.

Food and drinks

When you're driving a big rig, you can't just pull into a drive through or any restaurant to eat. Instead of hoping you luck out to find somewhere to eat that has enough parking room, be prepared and pack your food and drink. This will also save you money and keep you healthy - a win-win. Pack enough for food throughout the day and to satisfy your cravings. Everyone loves snacking on chips, candy or chocolate, but it won't make you feel great while you're on the road. Pack some healthy alternatives so you don't get sluggish while driving, but also enough so you aren't constantly hungry. Some good things to pack are:

  • Packs of water

  • Gatorade

  • Nuts

  • Dried fruits

  • Slow cooker with food

  • Granola or protein bars

  • Bread

  • Peanut butter

Some other important things to remember to pack are emergency supplies like a first aid kit, flashlight, batteries, pocket knife, phone charger, non-perishable foods, and extra blankets. Also, always remember to bring cash and credit/debit cards, you're ID, CDL, and all insurance cards. Lastly, bring some entertainment so you don't get too bored on your long hauls. Good things for this are: books/e-books/audio-books, listening to podcasts and music, laptop or tablet for games and Netflix.

Even if you've been driving for years, it's still easy to forget something important on an over-the-road job. Before you get on the road, read over this packing list to make sure all your essentials are packed, or don't ... and drive without pants.

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