5 Things Every Driver Needs in Their Rig

Life and work on the road are often unpredictable. To maintain your health, comfort, and safety on the job, it’s important to pack a few essential items. Below is a list of five things every trucker should have in their vehicle.

1.Emergency Kit

Be prepared for the worst, just in case. Your emergency kit should contain everything you need to survive for at least 72 hours in case of an emergency. This includes batteries, gloves, a first aid kit, flashlight, sleeping bag and/or emergency blanket, warm hat and socks, medication, a knife, bottled water, non-perishable food, an extra cell phone charger (battery or solar powered), matches or a lighter, and a small section of tarp. Other necessities include duct tape, a screwdriver, pliers, a wrench, window-de-icer, emergency flares, extra light bulbs, extra fuses, and jumper cables.

2.A Map

GPS navigation systems are a godsend for truckers and travelers. But what do you do if your system breaks down? Always carrier a motor carrier map to serve as backup.

3.Extra Clothes

Imagine you’re caught in a sudden rainstorm or step out of your truck and into a knee-high puddle of muck. You’re not going to want to stay in your dirty, soaked clothes for the remainder of your trip. Pack some extra pants, a sweatshirt, boots, underwear, socks, and thermal wear.


Eating out for every meal will take a toll on your bank account. Bring foods like granola bars, bread, peanut butter, fruit and veggies, and trail mix, as well as some quick meal starters. Also, bring along a microwave or slow cooker to prepare warm meals.


You’re probably not taking your children to work with you, but baby wipes are a must-have in anyone’s vehicle, regardless of whether they have kids. Wipes are great for cleaning up spills and washing your hands when water isn’t readily available.