Going OTR With My Husband

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Anna S.'s Comment
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So my husband wants me to go on the road with him this summer, he typically stays out between 6 to 8 weeks and this would be my first time going with him. What all do I need to know or what should I bring with me?

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Sorry... I usually hang out in the general forum. Then I had to hit the bunk so I could unload at 4:00 a.m. my time. Before I crawl back into the bunk I wanted to answer your post before I forgot again.

You will need to talk with your husband to see if he runs on recaps (driving roughly 8.5 to 9.5 hours) or if he runs his full clock of 11 hours of drive time. If he is running recaps, other than days of loading and unloading, you should have plenty of time to do laundry somewhere. Otherwise, if he has to sit to do his 34 hour reset, that's when you would do laundry.

Bring enough clothes to last you two weeks. If he stops and showers everyday, that's when you grab a shower or every other day. You shouldn't have to change clothes everyday but every two or three days should suffice. Bring enough pads or tampons for your periods if you still have them. I haven't in years, but see the price of those items at truck stops and glad I don't have that issue anymore.

Anymore people use their phones for entertainment and pretty much everywhere has cell service or Wi-Fi. So you should be good there.

Hate getting up before the crack of dawn. My brain isn't fully engaged yet. If I think of anything else when I get up before I head out, I'll post some more. If you have specific questions, just ask them.

Have fun with your husband out on the road.

Laura

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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So my husband wants me to go on the road with him this summer, he typically stays out between 6 to 8 weeks and this would be my first time going with him. What all do I need to know or what should I bring with me?

Hi, Anna!

I've been OTR with my guy in the past, as well.

In addition to what Ms. Laura posted, you may want to look into getting a camping commode. Men have it easier, when it comes to the 'forces of nature.'

Second, bring socks! Even though you are going in the summer, you'll be SO glad to have a 12 pack of those 'footie' style socks. Get the cheap ones, and almost consider them 'disposable,' if need be. Sandals just don't cut it when you're bummin' in the bunk, or sitting cross legged in the passenger seat.

Books! If you are a reader (like me) you'll find it MUCH easier to read a paperback book, as opposed to a 'kindle' type, in the moving rig. Puzzle books, such as crosswords, are fun to do with the other half, as well.

If you knit or crochet, bring it! It's a great 'time passer' as you're plunking on down the highway, when the scenery becomes sparse.

As Laura said as well, I'll add more as / if I think of it. You'll have a blast; I know I sure did! Ended up getting my permit, and driving 'with' him, after the 1st journey!

Have fun!

~ Anne ~

OTR:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Hello.

I get Assurance brand wipes from Walmart. In the incontinence aisle. But they are huge cloth like wipes great for body and dusting the truck. Makes quick clean ups easy

No hair dryer on the truck cause mine blew out my inverter. Some of my make up melted or the powder blush/eye shadows broke and crumbled

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