What To Bring Along As A Trucker Wife

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Parish Rich-Wilmot's Comment
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My husband asked me to ride along with him although I may not be leaving for four months I was just wondering what should I take with me to enjoy everything like books journals etc.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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How long are you going to be out with him? It would make a difference if out for 1 week up to 4 weeks or more.

Does he run on recap time or park somewhere for his 34 he reset?


Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Warm and cold clothing. being in Miami 80 degrees then Chicago 20 degrees is normal

Pagen's Comment
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I've been wondering the same thing. I plan to ride with a male friend for at least a week before starting company training. A big challenge for me is not taking too much stuff! JJ would probably take off without me if he saw me coming with the amount of stuff I usually pack! The other thing I'm worried about is trying to remain low maintenance, so I don't slow him down. I think that means no long showers, less makeup, and no drying/straightening my hair. Maybe one of you has more to add to this list, since I assume there will be many inconveniences that I don't expect!

This will prepare me for spending weeks on end with a trainer, I am hoping!

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IDMtnGal 's Comment
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I got a black bag at Harbor Freight or Ace Hardware. In it I carry like items in ziploc bags. For example, toothpaste, tooth glue (dentures), face moisturizer in one bag. In another, hair items: shampoo in a smaller bottle, ponytail bands, hair goop). Another bag holds q-tips, cotton balls, etc. I'm well beyond menopause, but bring plenty of your favorite product as those are beyond expensive at a truck stop, if they stock those items. My wonderful homemade goat milk soap does my body and face. It did my hair til it got too long.

Since you are riding along, you won't need to shower every day, every other day is good....unless he showers daily. If every other day, change clothes then. So find out how long he plans on being out and take enough to cover those days. If out longer and know ahead of time, you stretch your wear days to a 3d day or find a t.s. with laundry facilities. I can be in and out of the shower in 30 minutes, but 45 is a nicer, longer, muscle soothing shower. :-D

Hair takes awhile to dry and do things with. If he is going to sit down to eat, then you can stay longer in the shower room and take care of it. Mine is long now and only time I've had it this long was on active duty in the Air Force, where it was not allowed to go below our collar....so, it was in a ponytail and held to the back of my head with barettes. So, I don't wash it just before bed....I'll take a morning shower if I can or 3-4 hrs before parking for my 10 hrs bunk time because I air dry my hair and it takes a good 3hrs.

I don't wear makeup, but have watched "What Not to Wear!" and Carmody has a 5 minute makeup routine that looks pretty simple.

When you are running team, whether you drive or not, it's a give and take, learning situation.



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Rubber Duck's Comment
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In four months it might start getting pretty warm. Since its illegal for us to idle for more than a few minutes I'd suggest taking a fan. With the two of you in the bed its going to get pretty hot.

Snacks are another thing i would say to take a bunch of. Truck stops are expensive. Strawberries and whip cream would be a good one.

Driving and being a passenger in a truck for 11 hours a day can really make you pretty stiff. To stay healthy and happy I also recommend you take some high quality massage oils that you could use on each others neck, shoulders and back after a long day. . Lastly and again because it will be warm while you sleep id suggest taking some comfortable and high quality night clothes.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Theres some good info here.

Women OTR and hygiene


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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