Many NTB drivers prefer a neat truck cab with few items inside. Comforts might include fresh bedding every week, an extra pair of socks in case of rain, and a good book to read before nodding off during a sleep break.
We have a few suggestions that can make a truck cab, which acts as a driver’s office and home, a bit more comfortable and homey.
Have Garden, Will Travel
Do you have a garden at home? Prepare some of those wonderful fresh vegetables to enjoy on the road.
A good Greek Salad can be made using fresh diced tomato and cucumber, a bit of fresh basil, oregano or thyme, a few kalamata olives, and some feta cheese. Toss with a dressing of olive oil, red wine vinegar, and a squeeze of lemon juice. This salad will last a few days refrigerated, and it goes great with the meat of your choice.
If you grew potatoes in your garden, take some along. Potatoes are great when microwaved for a few minutes and can be enjoyed so many different ways. One favorite prep for potatoes is to smash a cooked potato with a fork and fry it in some olive oil when you’re prepping at home for the week. Later, you can just pop it in the microwave and add a dollop of goat cheese on top. This is delicious for breakfast with eggs.
Didn’t grow a garden this year? Plan one for next year and, in the meantime, pick up fresh produce at a local farm market before heading out for your week of driving.
Do You Cook on the Road?
NTB’s trucks are supplied with a small refrigerator and a microwave oven. For some drivers, that’s enough, but for those who like a bit more, something to cook a home-made meal in can come in really handy.
Which to choose? Slow cooker or instant pot? A slow cooker can be filled with the day’s ingredients before a drive begins and by the time the workday or night is over, a hot meal is ready for consumption, while an instant pot can be used to quickly cook a meal after the workday is over. It really depends on preference, but to have one of those as an option for a home-cooked meal on the road can help make the truck feel a little bit more like home.
Reminders of Friends and Family
For being in a period of time when everyone has a million photos, very few photos get printed anymore. Take a look through your digital photos on your phone or device and select a few favorites to print and take along with you on the road. Having a photo you can hold in your hand or use as a bookmark can spark a certain type of joy. Photos help keep us grounded to those we love and memories of happy times.
Bring a memento or two to that makes you think of your family and friends—an awesome rock your kid found on the beach, a card from your significant other, your parent’s favorite bible verse, or a book passed on by a friend can bring a smile to your day.
A Few Other Items
Driving for many hours every day can make a body a little stiff and sore. Check out some car seat massagers to help loosen up muscles while you drive. It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving. There are several different types of massagers from vibration to shiatsu and some have heat that will help relax tight muscles.
A couple of good reflective coats, one for rain and another for winter, can be worth their weight in gold. When you need to exit your warm cab to hook or unhook your trailer, having the right coat for the job will make it a much more pleasant experience.
Finally, make your blanket and pillow a duplicate of your favorite at home to keep your cab cozy and familiar.
Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook Page what you like to have in your cab that makes it more like home.
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