Whether you’re new to driving or a seasoned veteran, there are several truck-driving essentials to keep stocked in your cab. We checked in with a few drivers to uncover the essentials for life on the open road. Here’s what we found.

10 truck driving essentials

1. Shower flip-flops

Many showers aren’t exactly known for their cleanliness. Avoid a possible fungal infection by carrying shower flip-flops with you when you’re on the job!

2. Sleeping bag/blanket + pillow

Carrying sheets and bedding is difficult. Some drivers find it much more convenient to take a sleeping bag instead.

3. Emergency bathroom container and toilet paper

Well, we don’t think there’s much explaining to be done on this one.

4. Hygiene basics — toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap

Most folks we spoke with said every driver should make a bathroom kit filled with travel-size containers of all the basics.

5. Gloves

According to drivers, flatbed truckers find gloves to be particularly essential. Not only do gloves provide warmth on cold days, but they’re a good way to protect your hands from injury.

6. Flashlight

You never know when you might need to step out of your truck at night to check the engine or tires.

7. Bad weather gear

Given the mileage drivers cover, it’s important to be prepared for rain or shine so make sure to keep an extra jacket and pair of boots in-cab.

8. Dash-mounted cell phone holder

Safety is key. Avoid tickets and play it safe with a hands-free, Bluetooth setup for your phone.

9. Water and nonperishable food

It’s important to stay nourished, and eating out can be time-consuming and expensive. Keep ample water and healthy, nonperishable snacks in-cab.

10. Earplugs

This item is very relevant to team drivers, particularly if the co-driver snores! A set of earplugs ensures good rest, which every driver needs to be safe and efficient on the job.

Truck driving essentials — one more thing

In addition to the items above, truck drivers value Motive’s ELD solution. See how Motive’s ELD is impacting drivers across the U.S. in these trucker stories. And, discover what this trucker wishes he’d known about trucking 20 years ago as you begin stocking up on your truck-driving essentials.

Learn more about Motive’s ELD and the Motive Driver App.