The Must Have Packing List For All New Truck Drivers

Posted in Blog, News  
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

One of the most difficult parts of being a new truck driver, or even a driver in training at a CDL school, is the unknown. While many schools and companies make sure to thoroughly prepare drivers for what they can expect from their first trip, there is a big difference between learning it and experiencing it.

Packing is something that can be a challenge for many new drivers. There is a fine line between over packing, under packing, and packing the right items. Even experienced drivers do not always remember to bring the necessities. As a new driver, it is more difficult to know what you may need.

To help combat this problem, NTB has prepared a list of essential items to pack that all drivers should have, new or experienced:

  • Shower supplies (towel, washcloth)
  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving kit, etc.)
  • Small laundry bag for dirty clothes
  • First aid kit, including medications
  • Bedding
  • All required credentials (proper license with endorsements, current physical card, etc.)
  • Cell phone, including charger and hands free device
  • Cash/credit cards in case of an emergency
  • Food/healthy snacks
  • Plenty of water
  • Road Atlas
  • Small tool kit (hammer to hump tires/free frozen brakes, duct tape, pliers, screwdriver, utility knife, adjustable wrenches)
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • 5th wheel puller

Here at NTB, we are always looking for new, motivated drivers to join our team. If you are interested in learning more about driving for NTB, click here!