Hotshot trucking means you sometimes live in your truck. Living in your truck means you need to pack it all! The essentials, the personal items, entertainment options, and work-related for a smooth ride. Here is a checklist so you will be able to pack the important stuff.
You might not need everything on this list, but it is best to be prepared.
Trucking clothes. Depending on the part of the country you live in will determine what you wear. Most truckers drive in blue-jeans and a t-shirt.
Off-duty clothes. When you are not on the road, change into more comfortable so you can rest.
Shoes. It goes without saying.
Jacket. It could be cooler during the nights, or depending where you are traveling.
Work boots. Work boots are great if you are working on the back of your gooseneck or for the winter months.
Hard hat. Some factories and plants require these on site.
Safety glasses. To protect your eyes from anything harsh.
Sunglasses. To protect your eyes from the sun.
Raincoat. To keep you warm on rainy days.
Shower kit. Include things like shampoo, body wash, soap, towels, etc.
Overnight kit. Include any medicine you might need, or a toothbrush, and toothpaste.
Grooming tools. Most truck stops have showers and bathrooms where you can shave and such.
Cleaning supplies. Include things like wipes, paper towels, Windex, Lysol, and anything else needed to clean up your truck.
Cell phone and charger. Both are important. You can do so much on your cell phone like schedule loads, contact your clients, and communicate with family and friends.
Trucker GPS. There are GPSs that are marketed for truckers. They only suggest routes suitable for large trucks and trailers.
Atlas and maps. For when technology fails, you may have to go old school.
Work gloves. To protect your hands from loading and unloading a trailer.
Emergency kit. Think of this as a first aid kit. Hopefully you will not need anything
Tools. Most quality goosenecks have toolboxes. It is a good idea to keep a wrench set, flashlight, spare batteries, a hammer, screwdriver, pliers, zip ties, pocket knife, tire pressure gauge, brake cleaner, windshield cleaner, and whatever other tools you find necessary.
Phone number list. A written list of important phone numbers is great for when your cell phone dies. Truck stops have a phone you can use.
All proper paperwork. It is important to keep a copy of proper paperwork and permits to ensure you are properly documented.
What essentials do you bring on the road with you? Let us know in the comments below.