Truck drivers spend most of their waking hours driving or tending to other tasks, meaning they essentially live in their truck. There are many truck driver essentials that can improve your comfort and safety. Here are the top 10 items and semi-truck cab accessories drivers say they need:


  1. Emergency Kit: Should include a flashlight, batteries, non-perishable foods, bottled water, and a first aid kit, as well as jumper cables, emergency flares, and hand tools.
  2. A Camera: Truck drivers need back-up and mirror-mounted cameras to see around them. Suburban Seating & Safety sells a few models, as well as LCD monitors to improve visibility and safety.
  3. Comfortable Clothing: When driving long distances, you need comfortable attire such as t-shirts and jeans. Always bring a jacket for higher altitudes and enough underwear to last between washes.
  4. Safety Apparel: As important as trucker comfort is, you want to consider safety items such as boots, a hard hat, safety glasses, and coveralls. A raincoat is good to have as well.
  5. Cell Phone Charger: Make sure the charger works in your truck. One of the most important semi-truck accessories, it will let you reach someone in an emergency.


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  1. Atlas or Map: If your cell phone battery dies or the navigation system fails, at least you’ll have a backup for reference, so you can get to your destination safely and on time.
  2. Personal Hygiene Items: A toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, deodorant, and a comb will ensure you have what you need to stay clean and fresh.
  3. Cleaning Supplies: After many hours, things get musty; bring along air freshening spray, a handheld vacuum, an all-purpose cleaner, disinfectant wipes, detergent, and paper towels.
  4. Something to Cook With: A small microwave will let you prepare food without spending money on eating out; a rice cooker is perfect for vegetables and other healthy foods.
  5. Cooler: Keeps perishable foods fresh and beverages cool; make sure the cooler is small, yet large enough for the fluids you need to stay hydrated all day.


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Browse Suburban Seating & Safety’s catalog for essential items and must-have gadgets for truckers from leading semi-truck accessory manufacturers, or call us at 844-727-7328 for assistance.


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