A Truck Driver’s Guide to Road Trip Planning

When you work and live on the road, planning out your trip is essential. A well planned trip will save you money and make life on the road much more enjoyable. Failing to plan your trip can lead to time and money wasted. Having everything you need in your truck limits the amount of stops you have to make each day. Your truck becomes your home away from home. It’s important to have everything with you before you hit the road. Check out our truck driver tips for road trip planning.

Plan Your Trip

Planning out the trip is crucial for truck drivers. It’s important to look at the total distance of the trip and map out truck stops, grocery stores, and places to sleep. Planning out your trip also gives you an opportunity to set destination stops. If you are driving across the country, you obviously will not be able to make that in one work day. So, it’s a good idea to know where you plan to stop and rest for the night.

Another way to plan for your trip is keeping track of the weather updates in the areas you are traveling. Bad weather can be dangerous and it can slow you down. Don’t get caught off guard and stay up to date on the weather.

Bring Necessities

Depending on the length of the trip, there are a few necessary items that every truck driver should bring with them. There is not a lot of space in the cab of a semi truck. So, it’s important to not overpack, but you definitely do not want to underpack. Take into account the length of the trip and consider these necessary items.

  • Toiletries
  • Work clothes and shoes 
  • Off duty clothes and shoes
  • Safety apparel

Check out our blog Essential Items to Keep in Your Truck: Personal Products for a more in depth look as to what truckers should bring.


Truck drivers need to be prepared for every situation on the road. Tools will come in handy while on the road and you never know when your truck might break down. Here are some tools professional truck drivers keep in their truck.

  • Flashlight
  • Pocket knife
  • Tire pressure gauge 
  • Adjustable wrench

For more tool ideas to keep in your truck, check out our blog Tools Every Truck Driver Should Have

Pack Food

Packing food to take with you on the road will save you time, money and it is a much healthier alternative to truck stop food. Also, having food in your truck is a good idea in case you break down on the side of the road or get stuck in traffic for hours. 

Check out our blog Essential Items To Keep in Your Truck: Food for ideas on what food to bring with you on the road.

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