Truck driving can be rough on your body which is why it is important to have all the essential gear to make the trucker lifestyle easier on your body. The right gear includes shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen and window UV protection. In addition to these items, you should also pack a bag in case of emergencies. 

Be prepared for an emergency

Natural disasters happen all over the United States year-round so it is important that you are prepared for anything. This is especially important for over the road drivers because they will be driving through states for long periods of time. 

What to pack in your emergency duffle bag: 

  • Canned food/ protein bars 
  • Extra clothing 
  • First-aid kit
  • Flashlight and batteries 
  • Emergency contact list 
  • Sleeping bag 
  • Water 

While you are on the road, you should also keep a bag of basic supplies. It can include window wipes, CB radio, screwdrivers, wrenches, duct tape, shower supplies and gloves. You can never predict what will happen, so it’s best to try and be prepared! 

Essential summer gear 

If you are well-acquainted with the trucker lifestyle you will know that sunscreen is vital all times a year, especially in the summer! The sun is bright and the UV lights can penetrate your windows and damage your skin. 

Choosing a quality sunscreen is imperative for truckers, look for “broad- spectrum” sunscreen because it protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Remember that it doesn’t last all day, so reapply sunscreen often! 

The trucker lifestyle may result in your left arm being a lot darker compared to your right arm and the rest of your body. One way to prevent this is to wear long sleeves or look for sleeves that protect your arm. 

Sunglasses are a summer essential but you can’t just buy anyone! The saying, “you get what you pay for” holds true for sunglasses because you want to spend a little more money than usual to protect your eyes. Similar to sunscreen you should look for sunglasses that will protect your eyes from UVA and UVB rays. 

Just because it is hot and nobody sees your feet doesn’t mean that you should wear sandals! Boots are the best shoes for protection! There are boots that are made from a breathable material that is perfect during the hot summer weather.  

Apps for truckers

Technology is part of our everyday lives, and it can be accessed from anywhere. There are specific apps for truckers to help them while over the road driving. Navigation apps are must, from popular ones like Apple Maps, Google Maps and Waze. Waze informs drivers if there are accidents ahead or construction, preparing drivers for any delays. Another great app for truckers is GasBuddy! Fill up your gas tank at the cheapest gas station! 

Technology is great because there are apps for everything. Truck drivers can now easily stay in contact with their supervisors, keep their paperwork in one area and find solutions. Apps like BigRoad, CoPilot Truck Navigation and KeepTruckin are all great examples! Companies like TransWood make their drivers’ safety a priority by keeping them informed and making sure they have all the right gear. Contact us today!

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