How Do I Keep Clean While On The Road?

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Jonathan R.'s Comment
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Hello!

I'm thinking about starting an OTR driving career. Just curious, while out on the road for weeks at a time, how does personal hygiene work, like showering/brushing teeth and so on? Also, is it difficult to eat healthy while out on the road?

Thanks! :)

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.

Mariah F.'s Comment
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Well I'm just starting to prepare myself lol, but I'm pretty sure someone had told me about truck places having showers and different ways of paying for it, possibly a rewards card, or no, I think there's a way to earn tokens from getting gas. O.o

I'm not entirely sure, bit look a forum up on the tabs page possibly, I remember seeing a thread about it on here before :3 Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

Be safe!!

Jay R. R2-Detour 's Comment
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You earn shower credits for fueling. I see lots of people brushing their teeth in the public restroom. I'd rather do it in my truck and shoot it the window. Eating healthy can be done, just really depends on your will power.

Max E.'s Comment
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You get credit at truck stops for showers by fueling and buying other things.. typically 50 gallons gets you a free shower (Not hard to get to 50 gallons.. you easy burn threw that in a day if you are running hard.) So you should not really have to worry about paying for a shower. The Showers at most major truck stops are pretty clean to. They want your business.. dirty showers is a real fast way to lose business.

As far as brushing your teeth etc.. I usually brush my teeth next to the catwalk. I'll wake up run into the truck stop go to the bathroom buy anything I may need. (Avoid buying stuff at truck stops if you can.. prices are way high.) after that ill go out to my truck grab my tooth brush a bottle of water walk out in between my truck and trailer and brush my teeth. I don't really like doing it in the public bathroom. Just me.

As far as eating healthy.. it can be done but does require work. It is a lot easier to buy that burger and fries at the truck stop. Eating healthy requires you to go out of your way to buy fruit/vegetables and other things. Some Walmart or other stores will allow you to park your truck there but not many. Most of the times it requires you to walk to a store away from the truck stop. Its work.. especially when you have been going for 14 hours already that day and have to be up at 3am to make your delivery. But it can be done.

Mariah F.'s Comment
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Ah see I knew it was something like that. Personally I am the kind of person to stock up on everything lol so the few times I could go to a Walmart I'd just buy anything I'd need for a good long while lol.

Also, my personal preference is having a sink to brush my teeth, i do why haha.

Jared McClure's Comment
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I thought you were just supposed to wear sweat pants and not shower for two or three whole weeks at a time..... embarrassed.gif

Chris L.'s Comment
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Don't forget shower shoes, flip flops work for me. I wouldn't put bare feet in the truck stop shower. Also baby wipes are a necessity.

Magoo's Comment
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But I don't have a baby?!?

What would I wipe?

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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But I don't have a baby?!?

What would I wipe?

Your butt, when that burrito you ate from that food truck an hour ago suddenly catches up to you and there's nowhere to stop for miles and you have to pull over on the shoulder and pop a squat on the side of the highway...

Errol V.'s Comment
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But I don't have a baby?!?

What would I wipe?

Seriously, without wash water on board, wet wipes can wipe most anything. I use the "fragrance free" variety so my sleeper doesn't smell like a (fresh) diaper. Wet wipes work for wiping up your eating area, your fingers, whatever.

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