Safety – Safety First, After All.
- MEDICAL KIT
These are not just suggested, but legally required. Any standard first aid or medical kit must include several items, including:
- A safety pin.
- Large, sterile, un-medicated dressing.
- Individually wrapped moist cleansing wipes.
- Disposable gloves.
- Individually wrapped sterile plasters.
- Individually wrapped triangular bandages.
- A leaflet giving general guidance on first aid.
Sadly, simply shoving a handful of plasters and baby wipes into the glovebox does not count as having a medical kit. So, make sure you pick yourself up one of these before heading out onto the road.
- EMERGENCY KIT
No, a first aid kit does not count as an emergency kit. So, don’t try to skip corners by counting them both as one item.
Your emergency kit should include:
- Spare batteries.
- A flashlight.
- A knife.
- A wrench set.
- Jumper cables.
- A window de-icer.
This is your kit to cover you for all emergency situations. You may be thinking “surely I won’t need all of that?” But remember, if Jeff Goldblum hadn’t had that flare, how would he have saved the kids from that t-rex?
- SAFETY CONES – If your vehicle breaks down at the roadside, you’ll need to lay out an area using these cones to manoeuvre around your HGV or truck (where safe), and to allow other drivers to do the same.
Toolbox – But This One Will Be Filled with Things You Actually Use.
It’s a multi-use tool. Need we say more? You’ll never know when you’ll need a tool of various uses.
For the small and easy-to-fix jobs. Because when that small, irrelevant panel that keeps flapping and making noise becomes too much.
Cleanliness – Being on the Road Is No Excuse for Being Smelly.
- TOILETRIES/GROOMING TOOLS
Toothpaste, deodorant, nail clippers, razors, and combs are a necessity for a truck driver. Because if you’re going to arrive at the depot looking like a wild animal, it doesn’t reflect well on either business.
- TISSUE/TOILET PAPER
That doesn’t mean just steal some from the rest stop toilets. That’s part of the reason you are always at risk if you don’t carry your own!
Sadly, some toilets you’ll be using on the road will use the cheapest toilet paper. And nobody wants to wipe with sandpaper. So, make sure you carry your own!
Directions & Information – Because Knowledge is Power.
- ROAD ATLAS & MAP
Technology can fail. Google Maps will not always be available. But if you have a road atlas or map, you have a backup for directions.
- NOTEPAD & PENS
Because notepads and pens don’t require battery, chargers, or any specifics to work. You can also pick them up at almost any rest stop if you forget them.
Comfort – It’s King.
- DRIVING GLOVES
Leather driving gloves are perfect for preventing blisters and discomfort when driving long distances. Many drivers prefer leather gloves over racing gloves.
- SLEEPING EQUIPMENT
You’ll want to be as comfortable as possible when you sleep. However, we appreciate that cabs aren’t the cosiest of places to sleep. So, make sure you bring a pillow and sheets that you find comfortable, and if you need them, earplugs or a white noise machine.
Food – Glorious Food.
- HEALTHY SNACKS
Living off of a diet of beef jerky and chocolate bars may sound like fun, but it’ll take its toll over time. Therefore, it’s crucial to eat healthily as often as you can when on the road. Stock up on fruit, crackers, nuts, seeds, and if needs must, dark chocolate.
Thermos, not Thanos.
They can keep your coffee hot, your water cold, and you can even get ones that clip on to sections of your cab to avoid spillage! Neat, huh?
Extras – Read All About Them.
- PHONE MOUNT
If you’re relying on your phone for directions and instructions on the road, this is a must-have. There are several great options out there and will fit most phone brands and models.
- CHARGERS & POWER BANKS
Because if you’re relying on electrical products such as phones, music players, and others, you’ll need to make sure they’re charged. Carrying several chargers and power banks in your cab will ensure you never run out of electric juice when on the road.
- SPARE CLOTHING
This is more for when you arrive at depots or make your way into service stations. It’s simply a case of presentation. You’re representing a business when you pick up or drop off goods. Therefore, it’s important to look presentable when doing so.
Also, it then means you don’t have to stress if you’ve spilled a pot noodle down your shirt.