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    Top 10 Things for Truckers while Living on the Road

    In no particular order, check out the widely used and wanted stuff and appliance by most of our truckers out there.

    1. A set of truck locks
    2. GPS unit - with Lifetime Maps
    3. Logbooks - VIR
    4. a CB Radio with microphone
    4. DC to AC Inverter
    5. 12 volt Mini fridge
    6. 12 volt TV
    7. 12 volt DVD Player
    8. Ionizer
    9. A laptop!
    10.12 Volt microwave


    Did I miss something? Show us a list of your most loved truck stuff!
    Last edited by Marie; 08-20-2012 at 11:56 PM.
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    Well, this is a bit more than ten things, but it's a list I made up of what I consider essentials. Please feel free to comment on needed modifications. With apologies to Marie, I'm a guy and I know the Ladies need additional stuff that I'm pretty much clueless about.

    Things to take on the road

    Money and Documents:
    • Wallet
    • Debit Card
    • Cash
    • Social Security Card
    • Driver’s License and DOT medical card and insurance card
    • Original copy of Birth Certificate
    • Passport
    • Log Book
    • Address book with important names, numbers and addresses

    Staying Organized:
    • Rand-McNally Motor Carrier Atlas (consider a truck GPS)
    • Notebooks (1 or 2)
    • Folders
    • Post-its
    • Calculator
    • Pens, pencils and a highlighting marker
    • Ruler
    • Padlock (in case you need to use a locker along the way)
    • Digital Camera – should be easy to charge or have batteries; consider a Camcorder
    • Backpack to put it all in

    Personal Items:
    • Reading material or Kindle/Nook electronic book
    • iPod or MP3 player
    • Good pocket or belt knife
    • Glasses (prescription) and 2 pair Sunglasses
    • Cell Phone, regular charger, and mobile charger
    • Meds - some aspirin, Tylenol, antacid, Band-Aids, any prescriptions
    • Ear Plugs

    Necessities:

    • Sunscreen
    • Towels (only packed 3, they take up so much space)
    • Wet Wipes (it’s messy out there w/o running water)
    • Kleenex /Roll of Toilet Paper
    • Little Scissors (nose hairs growing down into your mustache is NOT good) and a Nail Clipper
    • Mesh Laundry Bag or trash bags
    • Shampoo
    • Soap (in individual Ziploc baggies)
    • Toothbrush and Toothpaste (he won’t floss, the big dummy)
    • Deodorant (spray and stick)
    • Shave Cream and Disposable Razors
    • Purex Three-in-one Detergent and Fabric Softener Sheets

    Pack anything that could spill or would be getting wet in Ziploc bags and put in some extras for later.

    Clothing:
    • One extra pair of Tennis Shoes
    • Jacket (consider a raincoat and umbrella also), Parka between late August and June
    • 2 Sweaters
    • 5 pairs Jeans
    • 10 T-Shirts/Button up shirts depending on preference
    • A Dozen pairs each Socks and Underpants
    • Hat
    • Carry on style bag and/or suitcase – prepack to make sure it all fits

    Laundry chores will be easier if you choose simple clothing that’s all dark (black, blue, etc.) so you can wash it all together, if you wear white socks and tightie-whities…pack a few white shirts so you have something to wash them with.

    Tool Kit (choose carefully depending on available space):
    • Tire Pressure Gauge
    • Fire Extinguisher
    • Flares
    • Triangle Reflector Kit
    • Ratcheting Screwdriver with bits including Torx and Allen bits
    • Crescent Wrench
    • Small set of right size open/box end wrenches (for mudflaps, etc)
    • Pliers – at least two, and good quality
    • Vise Grips – Straight and Curved Jaw – real Vise Grips, not some cheap knock off
    • Craftsmen knife
    • Wire cutters – good for door seals
    • Hammer
    • Socket Set – don’t get the 200 piece set … just a small set with the right sizes for your truck
    • Good LED flashlight – don’t be cheap here
    • JB Weld
    • Super Glue
    • Gorilla Tape
    • WD-40
    • Glass Cleaner
    • Armor All
    • Roll of Shop towels
    • Leather work gloves
    • Cable ties, various sizes
    • Tow Chain and Strap
    • Extra Hose clamps, various sizes
    • Heater hose tube – a couple feet and a splice adapter for emergencies
    • Broom or Leaf Blower to clean out trailer between loads
    • Windshield Washer Fluid
    • Gallon of Oil
    • Gallon of Coolant


    Equipment:
    1. A set of truck locks (recommend war-lok)
    2. GPS unit - with Lifetime Maps (Make sure it is a truck GPS)
    3. Logbooks - VIR
    4. a CB Radio with microphone
    4. DC to AC Inverter
    5. 12 volt Mini fridge
    6. 12 volt TV/DVD PLayer
    7. Tire Thumper (consider tire pressure monitor)
    8. Ionizer
    9. A laptop
    10.12 Volt microwave

    If you are a new driver, some of this will be not necessary or impossible to take while with finishing trainer. Don’t bring any of the tools for that period; wait for your own truck.
    Last edited by Admin; 06-29-2013 at 12:00 AM.

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    Wow. Definitely a long list, tajw. lol I like the way you organize them tho, from money and documents to tools. its always important to keep hold of important papers because anything might happen while on the road. Do you stuff all of these in your truck? lol just kidding. It may be a long list but the items can be small-medium size only. im sure the new drivers will find this helpful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hapon A-z View Post
    Wow. Definitely a long list, tajw. lol I like the way you organize them tho, from money and documents to tools. its always important to keep hold of important papers because anything might happen while on the road. Do you stuff all of these in your truck? lol just kidding. It may be a long list but the items can be small-medium size only. im sure the new drivers will find this helpful.
    Actually, a good chunk of the list I plagiarized from somewhere on this website, I think. I added a few things I thought were required, but the base list was from someone else. I wish I could remember who I got it from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tajw View Post
    Actually, a good chunk of the list I plagiarized from somewhere on this website, I think. I added a few things I thought were required, but the base list was from someone else. I wish I could remember who I got it from.
    Thank you for adding specific items on the list, tajw.
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    Hi tajw,
    Great job on consolidating your list. I added a few more items, including Marie's items and then promoted it to blog. It should be helpful to others. Admin
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    Great job! I like how much work was put into this! You'll definitely need all of those items! Love the organization!

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    UPDATE: From Truckers Wives post:

    Recommended pack list

    1. CB Radio and make sure it's turned on. Browse a selection of CB units here: http://www.roadtrucker.com/feature-cb-radios.htm
    2. Truckers GPS
    3. Small refrigerator/cooler. Half gallon milk, cheese, lunch meat, condiments, and vegetables or fruits
    4. 2 bowls for cooking, paper plates or bowls for eating
    5. Microwave or hot box
    6. Inverter if you have no generator or in case generator goes out
    7. Bedding - squishy thingy is essential
    8. A good bag to carry hygiene items
    9. TV with DVD Player
    10. Good set of tools
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    Last edited by Marie; 10-02-2013 at 02:10 AM.
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    Good job guys!!It will help me a lot while traveling.

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    I personally would carry a notarized copy of my birth certificate. As if something critical does happen its just as legal as the original and if it goes up in smoke or whatever you should still have the original at home.
    Last edited by haunted1; 06-04-2015 at 03:53 AM. Reason: spelling mistake

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