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TTZ #008: Truck Driver Survival Kit - Packing for OTR Trucking

Truck Driver, OTR Trucking

Essentials For Truck Drivers

First on our list is a truck-specific GPS or Road Atlas. As a truck driver, you need a reliable navigation system that considers the height, weight, and length of your truck. This ensures that you avoid restricted roads, bridges, and low clearances, making your journey smoother.

Rand McNally Motor Carriers Road Atlas

Next up is a CB radio. A CB radio is crucial for communicating with other drivers on the road, especially during emergencies or traffic. It allows you to receive real-time information about road conditions, weather, and accidents.

Truck Driver CB Radio

Third, Work Gloves are a must-have gear for every truck driver. They protect your hands from cuts, bruises, and cold weather. When handling cargo or performing maintenance tasks, you need gloves with a good grip and durability to keep your hands safe.

Truck Driver Work Gloves

Fourth, invest in a good pair of work boots. Your boots should be comfortable, slip-resistant, and have steel toes to protect your feet from accidents. You'll be doing a lot of walking and climbing in and out of the truck, so make sure to choose boots that support your feet and prevent fatigue.

Truck Driver Work Boots

Fifth, a hi-vis jacket is crucial for truck drivers, especially at night or during low-light conditions. The jacket increases your visibility to other drivers, reducing the risk of accidents. Make sure to choose a coat that fits well, is reflective, and is comfortable to wear.

Hi-Vis Jacket

Sixth, a first aid kit is a must-have in case of emergencies. Your kit should include bandages, antiseptics, pain relievers, and any medication you may need. It's always better to be safe than sorry; having a first aid kit on board can make all the difference, so why not grab one?

First Aid Kit

Seventh, Having a Dash Camera as a truck driver is a must. This provides peace of mind, evidence, and protection from accidents. Furthermore, it serves as an asset in legal and insurance disputes and helps keep drivers safe.

Trucker Dash Camera

Eighth, a Refrigerator is an essential item for long hauls. Food and drinks can be stored in them, which saves you money and time, especially in places with limited food options.


Ninth, Truck Drivers should always bring a Sleeping Bag during cold weather. It keeps you warm and comfortable, ensuring a good night's sleep.

Trucker Sleeping Bag

Tenth, Every Truck Driver needs an emergency reflective triangle kit. It can save your life in case of a breakdown or an accident. It also alerts other drivers to your presence, reducing the risk of accidents.

Reflective Triangle Kit

Eleventh, invest in a high-quality Bluetooth headset. It allows you to make and receive calls hands-free, which is key. Be sure to choose a headset with noise cancellation and long battery life.

Trucker Headset

Lastly, a high-quality Flashlight or Headlamp is an essential item for every truck driver. It helps you in dark and poorly lit areas, especially when throwing chains or performing maintenance tasks at night.

Truck Driver Headlamp


And that's a wrap for the 12 must-have gear for every truck driver. I hope you found this list helpful.


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