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Emergency Kit That Every Trucker Should Have

Updated on July 6, 2017

It Can Happen To Anyone At Anytime

Emergencies are defined as a situation that poses an immediate risk to health, life, property or environment. No matter the severity of the situation, there are key items people should have. What you carry depends on where you are and what you assume you'll be doing during the time of the emergency. If you're a trucker, you'll most likely be on the road.

Truckers, at any capacity, are in all types of areas during their working hours, whether that be an urban or rural environment, the roads can be hazardous, especially during bad weather or accident. Long-haul truckers will often find themselves in remote regions, miles away from help or civilization. So more supplies and materials would be required in order to be safe and get on your way home.

Items You Should Have If Your A Local Daily Driver

This list isn't meant for long-term survival and usefulness. It's designed only to be efficient for two days at the most.

The list is as follows:

  • One gallon of water
  • Enough food for two days
  • Protein bars
  • Cellphone/Charger
  • Credit Card
  • $200 Cash
  • Multi-tool
  • Pepper Spray
  • Spare Undergarments
  • Trucker Atlas
  • Small medical supply: pain relievers, bandages, wipes
  • Adjustable clothing
  • Emergency contact info

Long Haul Drivers

In the case of a long haul, where a breakdown, weather disaster or accident could leave you stranded and without help, it's better to carry additional supplies and materials because you don't know how long you could be stranded.

This list is meant to last for about 5 days:

  • 3 or more gallons of water
  • Five days worth of food
  • Can opener
  • Cooking device
  • Inverter
  • Utensils
  • Soap
  • Towel
  • Dish towel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Appropriate clothing
  • First aid kit
  • Basic tools
  • Flashlight
  • Truck stop directory
  • CB radio
  • $400 Cash

Again, this list isn't meant for a long term situation. To extend it, add more food and water, as well as batteries for the radio and flashlight. Also, don't panic over getting this done in a day. It can be done over a period of time depending on the budget.

Don't Be Caught

It's better to be prepared for a tough time on the road than to be unprepared for an emergency of any magnitude. With the items in this list, you can be confident that you will be able to hold out until help arrives, or until you make contact with somebody. Hundreds of accidents happen every day, and all it takes is you, the driver, to be in the wrong place at the wrong time to have a very tough experience during your working hours.

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