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A New Driver’s Packing List


By Heidi O.

If you’re a new driver, and about to head out on the road for the first time, it may be difficult to think of all the basic things you’ll need. Here’s a packing list to make the process a little easier!


Clothing (At least 10 days’ worth if going OTR – and something to store your clothing in.)

Coats (Fall/Winter Coat and Spring/Summer Jacket)

Gloves (2 pairs – always have an extra pair)

Bedding (Sheets, Blanket, Pillow)

Cell Phone & Charger

Bluetooth Headset


Paper Atlas

Extra Paper Log Book (Even if you’re on E-Logs the DOT requires you to have a “Back-Up Log Book.”)

CB Radio

Small First Aid Kit (Can be purchased at Walmart for less than $15)

Adult Bath Wipes (Assurance Wipes can be found in Incontinence Section at Walmart)

Baby Wipes

Shower Shoes

Disinfectant Wipes

Glass Cleaner

Paper Towels

Laundry Supplies (Detergent/Fabric Softener/Laundry Bag)

Small Garbage Can

Garbage Bags

2 Towels

Thermos (If you drink coffee or use ice in drinks.)

Slip-On Shoes To Drive In (Optional)

Gallon Of Water

Aspirin (and any other medications you may be taking.)

Basic Tool Kit (Flashlight, hammer, screwdrivers, crescent wrench, etc.)

Small Notebook

Black, Blue & Red Pens

2 Envelopes for Receipts (One for Truck Receipts/One for Personal)


– Laptop (For Games, Movies, Internet)

Lunchbox Cooker





Food (If the truck has a refrigerator.)

And most Important of All, a Picture of your FAMILY!


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