Tips for Living on a Truck

Storage

Everything needs to be in a bag or box. Especially any liquids – They leak!

  • Bags
    • Clothes
    • Laundry
    • Shower
  • Ziplocs
    • All Liquids go in a Ziploc bag to control spills. It’s easier to throw out one little bag than rewash your entire shower bag.
    • Also used to keep small items separate within a larger box or bag.

Cleaning

  • Paper Towels
  • Whisk Broom
  • Various Brushes & Sponges
  • Windex
  • Formula 409
  • Laundry Soap (HE)

Clothing

Nothing that is valuable or special. Everything is subject to loss or damage.

  • Minimum 2 weeks of clothes. The amount will differ depending on many factors.
  • Types of Clothes to Bring
    • Work Wear, Gloves, Boots, Coat
    • Driving wear
    • Lounge wear
    • Weather Gear, Jacket, Rain Gear
  • Bedding – Blankets or Bedroll, Mattress Covering, Pillow
  • Towels

Eating

Advances if you need it.

Min 3-5 day supply of non-perishable foods and a couple gallons of water at all times.

Foods

  • Crackers & Peanut Butter
  • Nuts & Dried Fruits , Trail Mix
  • Shelf Stable Ready to Eat Foods (Beef Stew, Spaghetti O’s, Etc.)
  • Canned Meats, Fruits, Veggies
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Just Add Hot Water Foods
  • MRE’s
  • Ready to Eat Rice
  • Bread
  • Packaged Salads
  • Frozen Meals
  • Single Serve Frozen Veggies
  • Juices
  • Milk
  • Cereal
  • Lunchmeats
  • Sliced Cheese
  • String Cheese

Foods to Avoid

  • Empty Calorie / Highly Processed Foods
  • High Sugar
  • High Sodium

Cooking Tools

Microwave Ovens are available at most truck stops, most terminals, and many customer locations.

  • 12v Cooler
  • Hot Logic Mini warmer
  • Knives
  • Cutting Board
  • 12v Hot Pot
  • 12v Warmer
  • Lunchbox Cooker

Exercise

  • Walking / Jogging
  • Stretch Bands
  • Calisthenics / Body Weight Exercises
  • Weights

Tools

  • Atlas
  • GPS
  • Blue Tooth
  • Calculator
  • Pens & Legal Pad
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • White Out Pen
  • Post It Notes
  • Stapler & Staples
  • Hammer
  • Pliers
  • Side Cutters
  • Vise Grips
  • Channel Locks
  • Screwdrivers – Flat, Phillips, Long, Short
  • Tape Measure (25’ min)
  • Hi Vis Vest
  • 5th Wheel Pin Puller
  • Fuel Gloves
  • Work Gloves
  • Chalk

Apps

(Note: These are for Android, there are similar apps for iPhone)

  • KT Mobile
  • Weigh My Truck
  • Recap+
  • Slide
  • The Weather Channel
  • Transflo Mobile+
  • Google Maps
  • Trucker Path
  • Facebook
    • WeDriveKnight
  • myPilot
  • Love’s Connect
  • Blue Beacon
  • CAT Scale
  • Calculator
  • tCalc
  • SoundBubble