Oh, the holidays are here, and it’s time to start thinking about those loved ones on the road, rails, and underneath the sails. So the team at Back The Truck Up and FreightWaves want to help you find the right stuff to make your loved ones time away from home a bit easier.
Having the proper equipment, clothing, and amenities in your rig is not only great for creature comforts inside that 8×8 box we call a truck cab, but also great for your survival in the harsh winter. No one should be without proper gear and supplies at this time of year.
A place for all that stuffing to stay fresh
We all know storage space, especially perishable food storage, is very important for a trucker. No one wants to constantly pay the premium for food at a truckstop all the time. Dometic is one of the best brands of DC powered coolers on the market.
If properly mounted and cared for, these coolers will keep your food fresh and ready whenever it’s time to feast. You can use this link to have a look at a 45-quart cooler/freezer that can ensure your food stays fresh and safe from spoilage.
We all love to take a nap after the Thanksgiving feast
With my 15+ years of experience living in a truck cab, I can say without a doubt that generic truck bunk mattresses suck. And boy, do those Twin XL mattresses demand a premium price.
A gel foam mattress topper works great to help soften those lumpy bunk mattresses and keep that one spring from rubbing your ribs at night. This Lucid 3-inch gel foam mattress topper listed on Amazon is perfect for helping you get a good night’s rest on the road or at home.
Snow removal laws are in effect, so use this tool to save on fines and service calls
Christine’s Law, the snow and ice removal law passed in Pennsylvania this July, is now in effect. Named for Christine Lambert, whose death in 2005 is attributed to a piece of ice dislodged from a vehicle and crashed through her windshield, drivers could face fines if they leave snow or ice on their vehicle more than 24 hours after a heavy snowfall. Fines start at $50 and can go up to $1,500 if a driver’s snow or ice build-up hits another car or person.
The new law has caused a surge of design and development of snow removal tools for tractor-trailers. A large amount of snow and ice can develop on top of trailers, making them easy targets. You can use this Avalanche snow roof rake listed on Amazon to clear the hazards from your roof top on your own, and not have to pay a hefty fee for a service truck to come out and do it for you.
An insulated and waterproof jacket is essential to winter comfort
Keeping dry and warm is essential in working out in the winter elements. Getting wet could cause hypothermia or frostbite to exposed tissue. So having a good quality jacket is a key part of your winter wardrobe.
Carhartt is a name brand with a great reputation for designing sturdy, weather resistant gear. This insulated hoodie jacket from Walmart is great as it can keep you toasty warm and stop the snow from soaking into your clothes. (Pro tip: a little duck oil can help boost the water resistance of all your clothing)
Having a good set of boots helps with keeping your grip on the winter terrain
Not all boots are made for working out in the snow and ice. Slick bottomed shoes can cause you to injure yourself when you slip on a slick surface.
A good pair of Muck Boots, like these listed on Amazon, can help keep your feet dry and your body safe from that little thing called gravity and that hard, ice covered ground.