Survival Gear: Preparing for the Worst While on the Road

March 7, 2024   |   Posted by: Truline News Reporter

No matter how experienced a truck driver you are, sudden road closures, unexpected delays and inclement weather can sometimes leave you stranded.

If this happens while you’re under the blazing southwestern sun, the situation can quickly become dangerous.

So, what’s a driver to do?  Follow the advice you learned back on grade school camping trips: Be prepared. We’ve put together a handy list to help you build your own truck driver survival kit. Stock your rig with the items below. They’ll get you through any unexpected stop, delay or unforeseen situation.

Dusty Landscape

We should note that this advice applies to all drivers, not just truck drivers. Stocking up your personal vehicle is never a bad idea!

Don’t feel silly or think you’re being overprepared, either. These items don’t take up much space in your rig and, if the worst happens and you’re stranded somewhere overnight, you’ll be in good shape once the situation improves or help arrives.

Here’s what every truck driver needs in their survival kit.

  • Bottled Water. This is the most essential requirement for any survival kit. Make sure you have at least one gallon of bottled water in your rig at all times. Consider investing in a reusable water jug that can be refilled at any truck stop.
  • Non-perishable food.  You likely already have healthy snacks in your rig. Make sure you stock enough in case you’re stuck somewhere on the road. Have non-perishable items on hand like:
    • Dried Fruit
    • Beef or turkey jerky
    • Nuts, such as almonds or walnuts
    • Canned fruits and vegetables
    • Canned soups (you may be stranded but still have power)
    • “Just add water” pasta cups
    • Protein bars and granola bars
    • Trail mix
  • Water purifying tablets. This might seem extreme. If you’re ever in a situation where you need to rely on questionable sources of water, though, then purifying tablets will prevent any waterborne illnesses. Plus, they come in a small package that takes up minimal space in your first-aid kit.
  • Sunblock.  This is also something you likely already have (especially if you’ve read our article on essential gear for the road). Nevertheless, make sure you’re well-stocked with a sunblock that has a strong SPF.
  • Sun hat. It goes without saying that the southwestern heat can be relentless. A well-made hat with a brim will help prevent heatstroke.
  • Good walking shoes. You may find yourself in a scenario where you need to walk some distance to shelter. If this happens, you may want to swap your work boots for a supportive, comfortable pair of walking shoes. Make sure you have a pair that’s easily accessible in your truck.
  • A good blanket. At Truline, you may encounter chilly mountain weather as well as blazing southwestern skies. A blanket will keep you warm if you’ve been forced to leave your truck or have no heat. With a little jerry-rigging, a blanket can also be used to create some shade in the daytime.
  • Backpack. This can be used to carry any and all of the above. If you need to walk somewhere to shelter for the night, a backpack is essential. You can also pack in some toiletries and a change of clothes.

The view of the road from the cab

A well-stocked survival kit is just as essential to your job as a properly maintained truck. Even the best truck drivers can encounter situations beyond their control. When that happens, a survival kit will get you through until help arrives. It might even save your life.

If you want to drive for a company that values your well-being as much as it values your driving skills, then Truline is the place for you.  Pop over to our careers page to see our current opportunities, and start your journey with us today.

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