Top 10 Things You Absolutely Have To Have In Your Truck

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Chuck S.'s Comment
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I agree with everything but number 10 I was forced to listen to country music as a child and I will never ever listen to it ever...even if I am in the middle of Texas and its the only station on the radio... I would sing to myself at that point.

Okay, here's the things that I think are important for a rookie to have with them when they are just starting out:

1) Make sure you have a great attitude packed away somewhere - you're gonna need it for sure.

2) Plenty of humility - yeah, you're gonna need plenty of that also.

3) A big can of whoop-ass - there are gonna be problems you are going to have to face - and you need to be able to "whoop" em.

4) A "can do" spirit. It's really tough being a new rookie driver out here, you'll need this two or three times a day.

5) A big dose of Independence - You're all by yourself out here - the last thing your dispatcher needs is you ringing his phone off the wall.

6) Lots of confidence - everyday you will be challenged by things you've never faced before - some confidence will go a long ways to help you.

7) A willingness to learn - I'm still learning stuff about how to succeed in this career everyday - if you stop learning you need to hang up your keys.

8) A willingness to help others - I do this everyday - there are a lot of clueless newbies out here - try to lend a hand when you see someone in need.

9) A Motor Carriers Atlas - I hope I don't need top explain that one.

10) A Merle Haggard C.D. - no self-respecting truck driver hits the road without taking the Mighty Merle along for the ride!


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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OMG, Old School that's priceless along with the other recommendations. I would also recommend a can of Raid (or equivalent) long range wasp and hornet spray. This has been called the poor man's mace and will immediately incapacitate an assailant if sprayed around the face. Will also repel bears, dogs and, of course, wasps and hornets. I also always carry a small LED flashlight that can be comfortably kept in a pocket and is very useful for pre trip inspections.

Mik D.'s Comment
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New trucker here, just wondering from all types of truckers with all types of experience what would be the top 10 things you absolutely have to have in your truck I'd like to get an idea of things I may have not thought of bringing. Now I understand it's kind of a novelty question because of course you need more then 10 things but I'd still like to know all y'alls opinions and just to clarify I'm not meaning necessities like gps, smart phone, clothes, toiletries etc... But just the other useful things needed

Microwave and keurig coffee machine and microwave proof containers...have to find right fridge that won't blow a 1200w inverter, anyone have an idea on fridge?

PackRat's Comment
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Bumping this one up again.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Several 5 gal. buckets. Unlimited uses.

Don's Comment
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#10 really should have been #1, along with some Buck Owens.

10) A Merle Haggard C.D. - no self-respecting truck driver hits the road without taking the Mighty Merle along for the ride!

Chuck S.'s Comment
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I am going to take a crack at this top ten list

cb radio


half a dozen work gloves, boots, heavy coat, stocking cap

cooler 12 volt

2 weeks of clean clothes

back pack for all your personal items to take to the shower (not a walmart bag)

2 weeks of food non perishable

small tool box with assorted small tools

a good phone with a good network with GOOGLE MAPS

lots of trash bags ... walmart bags are perfect

I know I added a few extras

Dave Reid's Comment
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#10 really should have been #1, along with some Buck Owens.

10) A Merle Haggard C.D. - no self-respecting truck driver hits the road without taking the Mighty Merle along for the ride!

just make sure it has "Ramblin' Fever" on it dancing.gif

PackRat's Comment
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Bump up again

Jeff J.'s Comment
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All great lists. Heavy duty hand wipes (tub of towels), kitty litter & bleach can help you get unstuck from ice after a cold night, stop eating truck stop crap- get a crock pot!

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