The New Truck Driver’s Checklist

  • The New Truck Driver’s Checklist

    The New Truck Driver’s Checklist

    Truck driving is not exactly an extended road trip, which means new truckers need to be intentional with every item they pack. Here are a few key items every driver should bring with them.

    Personal Needs Items

    • Trucking clothes (button-up shirts, T-shirts, jeans, shorts, sweat pants, jacket underwear, socks)
    • Off-duty clothes (including sleepwear)
    • Shoes (including boots, sneakers, and shower flip-flops)
    • Safety apparel (work boots, hard hat, safety glasses, coveralls)
    • Sunglasses
    • Raincoat

    Personal Products

    • Overnight kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash, deodorant, cologne, extra pair of glasses or contact lenses, contact lens solution, daily vitamins/medication)
    • Grooming tools
    • Shower kit (body wash, shampoo, conditioner)
    • Wet wipes
    • Cleaning supplies (air freshening spray, handheld vacuum cleaner, laundry detergent, paper towels, all purpose cleaner, disinfectant wipes, dashboard conditioner, dish soap, microfiber cloth, hand broom, dust pan)

    Truckers’ Needs

    • Cell phone charger, dash-mounted cell phone holder, power inverter
    • Work gloves
    • Emergency kit (first-aid kit, emergency bathroom container and toilet paper)
    • List of phone numbers (in case your cell phone breaks or gets lost)
    • Emergency gear (light reflective clothes, flashlight, sturdy pair of boots, road flares and cones, chains for tires)
    • Toolbox (zip ties, pliers, brake cleaner, pocket knife, flashlight and spare batteries, tire pressure gauge, wrench set, screwdriver, crow bar, claw hammer, hand-held sledge hammer, tape measure, vice grips, wire cutters, torque wrenches, 5th wheel pin puller, push broom, square-point shovel)
    • Document envelopes (for documents like license and registration, invoices, shipping orders, and work-expense receipts)
    • Office supplies (pens, note pads, glue/tape)


    • Snacks (nut butter, bread, crackers, baked goods, apples, bananas, grapes, melons, meat jerky, vegetable snacks, sandwiches, premade salads, canned soups, nuts, hard boiled eggs, string cheese, English muffins)
    • Food (chicken wings/drumstick, fish tacos, BLTs, enchiladas, burritos, cinnamon rolls, wraps, mac and cheese, calzones, tamales, ravioli, chimichangas, spring rolls)
    • Water
    • Coffee (coffeemaker, electric kettle)
    • Microwave


    • Entertainment (laptop, tablet, headphones, game console, journal, magazines, books)

    Trucker Comfort

    • Comfort (indoor sleeping bag, pillow, blanket, earplugs, cooler, ice chest, compact refrigerator)

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