Allie's road Survival Guide

Prior to my current adventures, I spent several years as a full-time OTR truck driver. Whether you're starting out fresh, or you're a seasoned salty vet, having a list of things you will probably need or want out on the open road never hurts.

Found something amazing that's not on this list? Let Me Know, I'll review it, and maybe you'll see it here next time. Thanks so much!



The Essentials

This stuff you really need.

Rand Mcnally 2017 Motor Carriers' Road Atlas Deluxe Edition - Spiral Bound
2017 Motor Carriers' Road Atlas Deluxe Edition - Spiral Bound - $34.95 Raney's Truck Parts
By Rand Mcnally
In case your GPS ever decides to die (ahem, Thomas)
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Milton S448 Tire Tread Depth Gauge
S448 Tire Tread Depth Gauge - $5.99 Prime
By Milton
An inexpensive tool that will save you a lot of hassle.
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WAYLLSHINE 7W 300LM Mini CREE LED Flashlight
7W 300LM Mini CREE LED Flashlight - $5.99
By WAYLLSHINE
Because you should always inspect your kingpin.
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C-Line 13-Pocket Expanding File
13-Pocket Expanding File - $5.84 Prime
By C-Line
It never hurts to keep all of your paperwork organized.
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Milton S986 Service Gauge
S986 Service Gauge - $20.13 Prime
By Milton
Super helpful if you need to know what your tire pressures are. Duh.
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CAT High Visibility Safety Vest
High Visibility Safety Vest - $19.95 Raney's Truck Parts
By CAT
Required at some job sites and vendors.
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Ziploc WeatherShield Storage Box Set
WeatherShield Storage Box Set - $46.87
By Ziploc
The locking covers make these fantastic for a moving vehicle. They're also waterproof.
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Rand Mcnally TND730 IntelliRoute GPS Truck Navigator
TND730 IntelliRoute GPS Truck Navigator - $282.99 Prime
By Rand Mcnally
Thomas.
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Apex Tool Group Xcelite Lightweight Tin Snips
Xcelite Lightweight Tin Snips - $31.20 Prime
By Apex Tool Group
Unless you know of another way to cut metal seals.
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The High rollers

These items are great to have, but you could make it without them.

Zojirushi EP-PBC10 Gourmet d'Expert Electric Skillet
EP-PBC10 Gourmet d'Expert Electric Skillet - $96.88 Prime
By Zojirushi
Best portable cooker I have ever used. Versatile and really easy to use.
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Scrubblade Rain B Gone Windshield Treatment
Rain B Gone Windshield Treatment - $7.95 Raney's Truck Parts
By Scrubblade
Helps keep bugs from smearing up your windshield.
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Minimizer Peterbilt 579 Floor Mats
Peterbilt 579 Floor Mats - $214.99 Raney's Truck Parts
By Minimizer
These things have saved me so much trouble
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Erickson 2
2" x 20' Ratcheting E-Track Logistic Strap - $11.79 Prime
By Erickson
Better than load locks. Unfortunately, there is no way to clip these in for reefers.
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Bell Automotive Memory Foam Seat Belt Pad
Memory Foam Seat Belt Pad - $4.92 Prime
By Bell Automotive
For people like me that have a seatbelt cut into their collarbone.
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Utility Pro Polyester High-Vis Ladies Jacket with Storm Cuffs
Polyester High-Vis Ladies Jacket with Storm Cuffs - $127.50 Prime
By Utility Pro
Fantastic for high visibility in winter weather.
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Nonda Smart USB Car Charger and Car Finder
Smart USB Car Charger and Car Finder - $29.99 Prime
By Nonda
Super-fast USB charger plus an app if you lose your truck at the Iowa I-80.
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Dyson DC34 Handheld
DC34 Handheld - $153.78 Prime
By Dyson
Best. Freaking. Vacuum. Ever.
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ThruNite Archer Series 2A V3 Tactical LED Flashlight
Archer Series 2A V3 Tactical LED Flashlight - $36.97 Prime
By ThruNite
Pricey, but this thing is wicked bright and very durable.
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