The Travel Packing List of
One Money-Saving Pro OTR Truck Driver

From our very first trip as a professional truck driving team, our packing list included two very important things.

In fact, even though Mike became a solo truck driver -- and the number of items that he took with him on the road increased -- he always kept these items on his travel checklist (the exceptions being when he drove for a trucking company with prohibitions and when he drives locally).

The first indispensable item we packed was a device to keep food cold. Because we consider this ability to be very important, we have used a variety of devices over the years.

You may read more about our use of thermoelectric coolers, ice chests and compact refrigerators and other pages linked from our meal preparation page.

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The second indispensable item we packed for life on the road was a portable toilet. We wanted (and needed) the convenience of being able to "go to the bathroom" whenever we needed to.

The Porta Potti® served not only as a toilet, but also as a collection point for all waste water from

  • cleaning dishes,
  • brushing teeth, and
  • washing hands.

We listed 10 reasons why OTR truckers should consider having a portable toilet in their trucks.

Stenographer's pad and pen for making lists. Depending on your needs, the room in your truck and your personal preferences, you may have an inventory much different from ours. Here are the different packing lists that Mike uses for time on the road:

In the days to come, we plan to provide info on these other travel checklist items:

There are lots of items that drivers might routinely use in their homes that don't exactly fit in a truck. Sometimes items can be repurposed so that they will work for better use and functionality in a truck.

We provide a list of our recommended trucker accessories.

We also provide some guidance on truck organization.

We think that every truck driver needs to be prepared as much as possible in advance of emergencies, which is why we have compiled suggested trucker emergency kit lists depending on your unique situation.

It goes without saying that there are also some items that a professional driver should not pack in his or her truck. They should be apparent by reading through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's list of definitions in Part 390.5 of the Rules and Regulations.

Money saving tip

Money saving tip: Although a professional driver cannot anticipate absolutely every contingency that he or she will face on the road, being well prepared by following a well laid out packing list is certainly an advantage. Consider, for example, the cost of a ticket for having a burned out headlight when you could have had not only a spare with you but also the tools with which to change it.

You may use the form below to submit a tip, idea, opinion, review, or question on this subject.

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Packing List Ideas Other Visitors Have Shared

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My husband just started driving an 18 wheeler. He drives for Schneider so he doesn't own the truck. We need to know best way for him to get power for frig, …

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Truckers should "stay prepared." That's the big takeaway from the huge winter storm that afflicted the southeastern USA yesterday and today. When …

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Do you think people in southern states don't need winter clothing? Even though we live in South Carolina, it can still get really cold here. Last night …

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Pack some snacks and bottled water and/or sports drinks. I have personally been stuck at shippers/receiver for a couple of hours unexpectedly and was hungry …

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