Tips for Truckers' Wives On the Road
By Suzanne Roquemore

 

Going over-the-road with your husband can be a lot of fun, but if you've never done it before, you may not know what you're getting into. The longer you will be out with him, the more information you will need. If it's a short trip, it's okay to be a little unprepared. But if you're going on a long run, the more prepared you are the more enjoyable your time on the road will be for both of you.

 

Mentally prepare yourself.

 

If you're not used to being together 24-7, it may be a little bit of a shock for you. If you think about things ahead of time, you'll be better able to handle the potential problems you may encounter. For instance, if you get into an argument, you can't just take a break from each other. This is liable to happen when your husband is driving down the road at 55-65 mph. So, the only place you can go for a breather is 2 feet away from him in the sleeper. Decide ahead of time not to let minor irritations develop into major brawls.

 

Grab a girl bag.

 

Most likely, your husband doesn't use as many toiletries as you do. Unless you have the luxury of a big bunk (with it's own shower, toilet and kitchen facilities), you'll be taking showers in the truck stop. And that probably won't be every day. You'll want to have your own bag- a back pack will do nicely. Bring along the bare minimum you'll use- make up, styling products, lotions, hair dryer. You may want to bring flip-flops or shower shoes and an extra towel. If you've never taken a truck stop shower before, you may be surprised at how thin the towels can be (and sometimes it's like pulling teeth to get them to give you a second towel for your hair!). For in-between days, you may find a box of wet-wipes or Oil of Olay cleansing cloths to be useful.

 

Plan for potty breaks.

 

Sometimes getting to the potty can be a challenge. Men can generally take care of business in an emergency discreetly, but women need more privacy. You may want to consider buying a small camping porta-potty. Many of the super-groceries and camping supply stores sell these. If not, you may want to be prepared with some means of disposal, even if it's only making sure you have an empty cup at hand. You may find that preferable to heading across the parking lot to go into the truck stop in the middle of the night. And don't forget the toilet paper!

 

Bring the bills.

 

Even if everything is paid up, it's a good idea to bring a list of your bills and account numbers with you, just in case. You may find that writing down numbers, due dates, and "mail to" addresses on note cards to be a very convenient way to keep the information all together. Whatever method you use, keep it secure. It's a good idea for YOU to have access to the information, but if someone ELSE finds it, it can be disastrous.

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