Packing isn’t easy when you work in the trucking industry. Because you are on the road for extended periods of time, it can be difficult to narrow down the necessities. The space in your cab is limited and, if you forget something, truck stops may not have what you need. 

From entertainment to personal items, here are the essentials to bring on the road with you. 



As a truck driver you should always dress comfortably and dress for the weather. Pack clothes that are appropriate for where you are going.  Remember the weather can change at a moments notice. 

You might be on the road for multiple days at a time, so it is important that you bring enough clothes to last you the duration of that time. 

  • Pants 
  • Shirts 
  • Jackets 
  • Hats 
  • Sleepwear 
  • Underwear 
  • Boots and tennis shoes 
  • Socks 
  • Gloves 
  • Sunglasses 


Trucker needs 

There are some items that you will need to pack with you on every trip, regardless of how long you will be gone. Here are some items drivers in the trucking industry should have on them at all times

  • Cell phone 
  • Chargers 
  • GPS system
  • First aid kit 

Check with your company and keep up with industry regulations to make sure you include all the supplies you are required to have. 


Personal products 

Another essential category on the trucker packing list includes personal products and toiletries to help you stay clean and fresh. Packing your own items can help you save time and money. 

  • Toothbrush 
  • Toothpaste 
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Deodorant 
  • Daily medications 
  • Grooming tools 
  • Shower kits 
  • Cleaning supplies


Food and snacks 

There isn’t always time to stop for meals, so you should plan on packing food  to eat while you’re on the road. Try avoiding junk food and opt for a more healthy option like the ones listed below. 

  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Whole grain granola bars 
  • Water 
  • Assorted nuts 
  • Slow cooker and ingredients 



Being on the road for an extended period of time can be monotonous. To break up your time, include some of these entertainment items on your list of items to pack. 

  • Newspapers 
  • Crossword puzzles 
  • Music player
  • Magazines

If your cab is big enough, some truck drivers like to  bring gaming consoles and televisions to keep themselves busy during their off hours. 


Emergency supplies  

Every truck should be equipped with emergency supplies. In the trucking industry you never know when an emergency can happen, so it’s a good idea to just keep these items in your cab at all times. There are a wide variety of supplies that you might need. 

  • Toolbox with various tools 
  • Road cones 
  • Reflective, weather appropriate clothing 
  • Chains 
  • Blankets 


It’s easy to forget things when packing for a long haul, so we hope this truck driver packing list helps. Try making a list of these items and get in the habit of checking them off before each trip. 

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