what truck drivers take to work

What a Truck Driver Takes to Work

Firstly there are many types of truck drivers, driving trucks is a way of life for most lorry drivers and having the best equipment helps a driver perform his or her driving duties, in this article, we will discuss some examples of what a truck driver takes to work.

What a truck driver takes to work - Plus Great Product Choices

A truck driver can work up to 15 hours a day with a driving time of 9 hrs or 10 hours twice a week, this is a long time to be in a truck, Rest breaks are essential to make sure a driver is not tired when at the wheel of an HGV truck.

A truck driver must pack his or her bag before a shift with items to get them through the day.

With this in mind, a good work bag is important for truck driving, a holdall work bag that is wide enough to stay where you place it, plus plenty of internal space and pockets for items you need to keep separated like tacho printouts, gloves, keys or a wallet.

So let’s take a look at British Trucking’s top choices for What a truck driver takes to work!

Work Bags

Choosing a work bag really depends upon the type of truck driving you have, a driver who drives a truck but goes home after his or her shift would prefer a smaller work bag than a truck driver who travels long distances possibly sleeping in the cab on nights out.

Choosing a work bag really depends upon the type of truck driving you have, a driver who drives a truck but goes home after his or her shift would prefer a smaller work bag than a truck driver who travels long distances possibly sleeping in the cab on nights out. A driver who frequently has to take clothes, personal hygiene kit, as well as general trucking items with them may require a larger bag, something like a duffle bag.

A bag that has multiple pockets has its advantages, one, it keeps you organized and two, it allows you to access items quickly without having to search through the entire bag. A work bag should also be comfortable to carry, having a shoulder strap is a plus.

We have selected some amazing bags that would be perfect for all types of truck drivers.

Great Choice
*New* Kombat Tactical Saxon 35 Litre Holdall Black - Police Security Special Forces Car Patrol Bag...
Large Capacity
Roamlite Extra Large XXL Holdall - X-L Size Very Big Travel Bags - Huge Duffle for Storage,...
Extra Large
foolsGold Extra Large 120L Holdall Travel Duffle Bag in Navy
Description
Saxon Tactical Holdall
Roamlite Holdall Large
foolsGold Holdall Extra Large
Capacity
35Ltr
100Ltr
120Ltr
Storage Pockets
Shoulder Strap
Lockable
Great Choice
*New* Kombat Tactical Saxon 35 Litre Holdall Black - Police Security Special Forces Car Patrol Bag...
Description
Saxon Tactical Holdall
Capacity
35Ltr
Storage Pockets
Shoulder Strap
Lockable
Find out more
Large Capacity
Roamlite Extra Large XXL Holdall - X-L Size Very Big Travel Bags - Huge Duffle for Storage,...
Description
Roamlite Holdall Large
Capacity
100Ltr
Storage Pockets
Shoulder Strap
Lockable
Find out more
Extra Large
foolsGold Extra Large 120L Holdall Travel Duffle Bag in Navy
Description
foolsGold Holdall Extra Large
Capacity
120Ltr
Storage Pockets
Shoulder Strap
Lockable
Find out more

Last update on 2022-07-01 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Hot Drinks Flask

A hot drink is very welcome for most truck drivers when taking a break, having a good quality storage flask that will withstand the rigors of a working day is a must. Depending on your truck driving day will determine the size of flask you will need, for example, a driver who only does local deliveries during the day may only require a small flask. A driver who travels long distances overnight will need a larger flask to keep them going through the night.

We have a great selection of drinks flasks that will be perfect for a truck driver.

Keeps Hot Longer
Hangrow Drink Flasks Vacuum Flask 1L, Double-Layer Pure Stainless Steel No Plastic, Keep Warm for 30...
Most Popular
Thermos 81092 Flask, Stainless Steel, Raspberry, 1.2L
Stylish
Flasks 2L, Flask for Hot and Cold Drinks Stainless Steel Thermal Flask, BEYONDA Double Walled Vacuum...
Description
Hangrow Double Layer Drinks Flask
Thermos Drinks Flask
Beyonda Insulated Drinks Flask
Capacity
1Ltr
1.2Ltr
2Ltr
With Cup
Keeps Hot Upto
30 Hours
24 Hours
12 Hours
Keeps Hot Longer
Hangrow Drink Flasks Vacuum Flask 1L, Double-Layer Pure Stainless Steel No Plastic, Keep Warm for 30...
Description
Hangrow Double Layer Drinks Flask
Capacity
1Ltr
With Cup
Keeps Hot Upto
30 Hours
Find out more
Most Popular
Thermos 81092 Flask, Stainless Steel, Raspberry, 1.2L
Description
Thermos Drinks Flask
Capacity
1.2Ltr
With Cup
Keeps Hot Upto
24 Hours
Find out more
Stylish
Flasks 2L, Flask for Hot and Cold Drinks Stainless Steel Thermal Flask, BEYONDA Double Walled Vacuum...
Description
Beyonda Insulated Drinks Flask
Capacity
2Ltr
With Cup
Keeps Hot Upto
12 Hours
Find out more

Last update on 2022-07-01 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Food Cool Bag

Food cool bags are a great item for keeping food and drinks cool, especially in a hot truck cab, many truck drivers become ill each year from food poisoning simply because their food was not stored correctly. Having a food cool bag is a great investment to keep your food safe to eat plus it tastes much nicer too!

Food bags come in different sizes and require ice packs to keep them cool, depending on what type of truck driving you do will determine the size of food bag you will need.

See our great selection of food cool bags.

Great Choice
Lifewit 15L 24 Cans Insulated Picnic Lunch Bag Large Soft Cooler Bag for Outdoor/Camping/BBQ/Travel,...
With Ice Packs
arteesol 20L Cool Bag Insulated Lunch Bag,Camping Bag, Portable Outdoor Picnic Bag,Food Delivery...
Large Capacity
Cool Bag Large, Picnic Cooler Box 28L(48-Can) Big Capacity Waterproof for Camping/BBQ/Family Outdoor...
Description
Lifewit Cooler Bag
arteesol Insulated Cool Bag
AYAOQIANG Cool Bag
Capacity
15Ltr
17Ltr
28Ltr
Side Pockets
Carry Handle
Shoulder Strap
With Ice Packs
Great Choice
Lifewit 15L 24 Cans Insulated Picnic Lunch Bag Large Soft Cooler Bag for Outdoor/Camping/BBQ/Travel,...
Description
Lifewit Cooler Bag
Capacity
15Ltr
Side Pockets
Carry Handle
Shoulder Strap
With Ice Packs
Find out more
With Ice Packs
arteesol 20L Cool Bag Insulated Lunch Bag,Camping Bag, Portable Outdoor Picnic Bag,Food Delivery...
Description
arteesol Insulated Cool Bag
Capacity
17Ltr
Side Pockets
Carry Handle
Shoulder Strap
With Ice Packs
Find out more
Large Capacity
Cool Bag Large, Picnic Cooler Box 28L(48-Can) Big Capacity Waterproof for Camping/BBQ/Family Outdoor...
Description
AYAOQIANG Cool Bag
Capacity
28Ltr
Side Pockets
Carry Handle
Shoulder Strap
With Ice Packs
Find out more

Last update on 2022-07-01 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Work Gloves

You may be in the privileged position of driving the same truck every day, in which case a pair of work gloves are more likely to be kept in your truck, but some drivers have to drive a different vehicle each day or may not be able to store gloves in their vehicle if it is being serviced or maintained.

A good pair of truck driver gloves will provide protection to your hands from cuts, scrapes, and also chemicals that may be on the truck. They should also be comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

We have selected some great trucking gloves that any truck driver would be proud of.

Top Choice
Unisex Leather Work Working Driving Gloves - Premium Quality - Driver/Lorry/Car Truck - Slick Fir -...
Popular
Himalayan H310 Fleece Lined Leather Winter Thermal Cold Work Drivers Gloves PPE (Size 10 - X-Large)
Comfortable
Town and Country Tgl409 Mens Leather Palm Gloves
Description
HAWK Work Gloves
Himalayan Driver Work Gloves
Town & Country Work Gloves
Material
100% Leather
Leather
Leather Palm
Lined
Top Choice
Unisex Leather Work Working Driving Gloves - Premium Quality - Driver/Lorry/Car Truck - Slick Fir -...
Description
HAWK Work Gloves
Material
100% Leather
Lined
Popular
Himalayan H310 Fleece Lined Leather Winter Thermal Cold Work Drivers Gloves PPE (Size 10 - X-Large)
Description
Himalayan Driver Work Gloves
Material
Leather
Lined
Comfortable
Town and Country Tgl409 Mens Leather Palm Gloves
Description
Town & Country Work Gloves
Material
Leather Palm
Lined

Last update on 2022-07-01 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Work Torch

Every truck driver should have a good work torch, truck drivers generally work part of a shift during dark hours either early in the morning or late at night getting back to the haulage yard. There are many types of torches that will suit the truck driver, from a small key ring torch to a large head torch.

A work torch is a must-have for seeing in tight spaces and also for checking fluid levels on the truck. They should be durable and long-lasting as they will be subjected to a lot of wear and tear.

Torches with different brightnesses and functions can be beneficial, but a work torch that is rechargeable via USB is a great option as you will not have to worry about buying new batteries all the time.

We have selected some great work torches that would be excellent for truck drivers.

Hads Free
Head Torch, LETOUR LED Head Torch Rechargeable, 2500Lumens Super Bright Head Torch Waterproof USB...
Popular
OLIGHT i3E EOS Pocket Torch 90 Lumens EDC Flashlights Compact Keychain LED Mini Torches Single AAA...
With Case
Lumitact G700 Led Torch Rechargeable Super Bright CREE Led Tactical Flashlight 6000 Lumen Zoomable...
Description
LETOUR LED Head Torch Rechargeable
Olight i3E EOS Pocket Torch
Lumitact G700 Led Torch Rechargeable
Lumens
2500 Lumens
90 Lumens
2000 Lumens
Adjustable Focus
USB rechargeable
Hads Free
Head Torch, LETOUR LED Head Torch Rechargeable, 2500Lumens Super Bright Head Torch Waterproof USB...
Description
LETOUR LED Head Torch Rechargeable
Lumens
2500 Lumens
Adjustable Focus
USB rechargeable
Find out more
Popular
OLIGHT i3E EOS Pocket Torch 90 Lumens EDC Flashlights Compact Keychain LED Mini Torches Single AAA...
Description
Olight i3E EOS Pocket Torch
Lumens
90 Lumens
Adjustable Focus
USB rechargeable
Find out more
With Case
Lumitact G700 Led Torch Rechargeable Super Bright CREE Led Tactical Flashlight 6000 Lumen Zoomable...
Description
Lumitact G700 Led Torch Rechargeable
Lumens
2000 Lumens
Adjustable Focus
USB rechargeable
Find out more

Last update on 2022-07-01 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Sunglasses

Driving in bright sunshine can be difficult without a good pair of sunglasses in your kit, protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays plus allowing you to see the road ahead much more clearly.

Sunglasses should also be comfortable to wear for long periods and have a good wrap-around style that will protect your eyes from side glare.

See our selection of quality sunglasses that will perform well for all truck drivers.

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Truck Sat Nav

A truck sat nav is something many truck drivers take to work each day, they are too expensive to leave in the truck on a permanent basis unless, of course, a driver is lucky enough to have a company truck sat nav installed.

A truck sat nav is a great item to have in your kit as it can be used for more than just finding your way to the next job, they also have many other beneficial features:

  • Dedicated Truck routing – avoids unsuitable roads for trucks
  • Truck Points of Interest – includes truck parking, fuel stations, and restaurants
  • Customizable routing – add your own personal waypoints
  • Lifetime Traffic Updates – always up-to-date with the latest traffic information
  • Speed camera alerts – receive warnings of fixed and mobile speed cameras
  • Pre-loaded maps – no need for an internet connection
  • Truck Weight Restriction – avoid unsuitable roads and bridges

Take a look at the British Trucking selection of truck sat navs.

Image
Best Choice
TomTom Truck Sat Nav GO Professional 6250 with European Maps and Traffic Services (Via SIM), Updates...
Great Option
Garmin dēzl LGV700 MT-D Truck Sat Nav with 7-Inch Display and Custom Truck Routing, Black
Star Performer
Aguri Truck TX740 Pro Truck Sat Nav 7" LCD, Mag Mount, Built-in Dash Cam, Wi-Fi, Free Lifetime Map &...
Description
TomTom Truck Sat Nav GO Professional 6250 with European Maps and Traffic Services (Via SIM), Updates...
Garmin dēzl LGV700 MT-D Truck Sat Nav with 7-Inch Display and Custom Truck Routing, Black
Aguri Truck TX740 Pro Truck Sat Nav 7" LCD, Mag Mount, Built-in Dash Cam, Wi-Fi, Free Lifetime Map &...
Best Choice
Image
TomTom Truck Sat Nav GO Professional 6250 with European Maps and Traffic Services (Via SIM), Updates...
Description
TomTom Truck Sat Nav GO Professional 6250 with European Maps and Traffic Services (Via SIM), Updates...
Find Out More
Great Option
Image
Garmin dēzl LGV700 MT-D Truck Sat Nav with 7-Inch Display and Custom Truck Routing, Black
Description
Garmin dēzl LGV700 MT-D Truck Sat Nav with 7-Inch Display and Custom Truck Routing, Black
Find Out More
Star Performer
Image
Aguri Truck TX740 Pro Truck Sat Nav 7" LCD, Mag Mount, Built-in Dash Cam, Wi-Fi, Free Lifetime Map &...
Description
Aguri Truck TX740 Pro Truck Sat Nav 7" LCD, Mag Mount, Built-in Dash Cam, Wi-Fi, Free Lifetime Map &...
Find Out More

Last update on 2022-07-01 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Dash Camera

A truck dash camera is an important piece of kit for any truck driver, they provide evidence in the event of a collision and can also be used to capture footage of the road ahead.

Dash cameras should be mounted securely to the windshield and be durable enough to withstand the vibration and movement of a truck.

A dash camera that will accept a larger memory card is also a good option to ensure that any footage captured will not be lost in the event of an accident.

See some great choice Dash Cameras for Trucking below!

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Compact Size
Garmin Dash Cam Mini Key-Sized Dash Camera with 140-degree Wide-angle Lens and Recording in 1080p HD...
Built in Wi-Fi
Snooper DVR-Pro Dash Cam - Professional Commercial Dash Camera, WiFi, GPS & Lockable SD Card...
Good Value
Vantrue N1 Pro Mini Dash Cam Full HD 1080P Dashcam for Cars 1.5" Car Dash Camera Video Recorder...
Description
Garmin Dash Cam Mini Key-Sized
Snooper DVR-Pro Dash Cam
Vantrue N1 Pro Mini Dash Cam
Max Memory Card
256GB
128GB
256GB
Wide Angle
HD Recording
Compact Size
Image
Garmin Dash Cam Mini Key-Sized Dash Camera with 140-degree Wide-angle Lens and Recording in 1080p HD...
Description
Garmin Dash Cam Mini Key-Sized
Max Memory Card
256GB
Wide Angle
HD Recording
View On Amazon
Built in Wi-Fi
Image
Snooper DVR-Pro Dash Cam - Professional Commercial Dash Camera, WiFi, GPS & Lockable SD Card...
Description
Snooper DVR-Pro Dash Cam
Max Memory Card
128GB
Wide Angle
HD Recording
View On Amazon
Good Value
Image
Vantrue N1 Pro Mini Dash Cam Full HD 1080P Dashcam for Cars 1.5" Car Dash Camera Video Recorder...
Description
Vantrue N1 Pro Mini Dash Cam
Max Memory Card
256GB
Wide Angle
HD Recording
View On Amazon

Last update on 2022-07-01 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Conclusion

As shown above, there are many items that a truck driver takes to work each day, some are essential and others are more optional. Having a good kit that is tailored to your needs will help make your job easier and safer. If you are just starting out as a truck driver, many of these items can be built up gradually to enhance your truck driving day, start off with some less expensive items to get you going then upgrade to better items as the money starts to roll in to make the job much easier and more pleasurable.

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