Truck driver winter essentials list
As a truck driver away from home and essential supplies, wouldn’t you rather pack appropriately in case you get stuck in a winter storm? Even if you’re able to pick up some items in a truck stop, you know you’re going to pay at least twice the average cost for the convenience. We put together a list for you of the basics you should have on hand in case you find yourself fighting Mother Nature. Check it out:
Warm and Comfortable Clothes
Nobody’s going to care what you’re wearing if you’re stuck in a snow drift on the side of the highway. Don’t forget to pack at least a few sets of warm pants, shirts, underwear and sleepwear. Chances are, a laundry machine isn’t going to magically appear when the weather has made driving impossible. Add a coat, gloves and scarf along with some sturdy snow boots to round out your list.
Portable Heating Equipment
If you’re regularly running a route in an area known for cold weather, your truck is most likely already equipped with APUs and bunk heaters. If not, save room for a space heater. It may take up more room than you’d like. But, you’ll be glad you have it if your bunk heater stops working. Or, if you’re nowhere near a hotel or repair shop. Even an electric heated blanket can provide another level of warmth.
Food and Water
Keeping your rig stocked with enough sustenance to get you through a day or two without access to that ever-so-delightful and tasty fast food or truck stop cuisine is essential in the winter. Most drivers have a fridge in their equipment, but you’ll want to stash some non-perishable foods as well. Think granola bars, beef jerky, fruit, nuts or protein bars.
Safety essentials are the last but most important part of this list. Hopefully, you already have reflectors and emergency flares in your cab in case you have to make that dreaded stop on the side of the road. For winter weather, adding a flashlight – with extra batteries – and a first aid kit to the mix is smart. With daylight savings time, drivers are left to do pre- and post-trips checks in the dark. A headlamp will give you direct light and allow you to keep your hands free. Another good idea is bringing along a small folding shovel, some kitty litter or sand for added weight. Maybe even a pair of jumper cables. Sturdy snow boots are definitely an essential. To add functionality to your boots, we highly recommend winter traction devices. They provide some added safety for walking on slippery ice and snow and hopefully keep you from falling.
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