OTR: What Tools/Supplies should I take on the road?


  • 2” X 6” Piece of Plywood about 1’ long (To place under tire to get you out of a jam is some situation)
  • 5th Wheel puller
  • Air Hose that connects to air lines, to air up tires 
  • Air Line Spacers or large wire ties 
  • Anti-gel fuel additive 
  • Baby Wipes
  • Bath towel 
  • Bed Sheets
  • Black Strong Bungy Cords (8) 
  • Blankets: I have 3 blankets and layer them for   any particular weather situation 
  • Bolt Cutters 
  • Broom, Large about 3' wide for sweeping out trailer 
  • Broom, Small Miniature for cleaning inside truck 
  • Calculator   if you do not have one on your phone
  • CB  and 2 CB Antennas 
  • Cellphone 
  • Cleaner, Scrubbing Bubbles 
  • Cleaner, Simple Green 
  • Credit Card (In case you run out of cash) 
  • Crow Bar (To take nails out of trailer floor) 
  • Driver’s License (Current Commercial Driver’s License)
  • DOT Safety Regulations Book – To stay current with the laws in reference to truck   driving
  • Duct Tape & Black Electrical tape 
  • ELD  (Electronic Logging Device)
  • ELD  User Guide (DOT officer may ask to see it) 
  • Emergency Cash ($100-$200)  
  • Emergency Food and Water 
  • Emergency Medical Kit 
  • Fifth Wheel Puller 
  • Flashlight and extra batteries (heavy duty) 
  • Fuel filter 
  • Fuses (All the ones your truck requires) 
  • Gloves (Winter and Summer) 
  • GPS Device
  • Grease   or grease packets to grease fifth wheel (Sometimes you can simply take some   grease from the center of the fifth wheel to grease the flap part of the  fifth wheel.)
  • HAZMAT book – Even if you do not have hazmat endorsement in case you pull   non-placarded hazmat loads
  • Jumper Cables – Heavy Duty cables
  • Kingpin Puller 
  • Load Locks or straps to secure to inside of your trailer. Load Locks work good for   wooden interiors and straps work good if trailer is equipped with strap   holders.  
  • Medicine, For Allergies or Prescriptions or other over-the-counter you regularly take
  • Medical Card (Make sure it is not expired)
  • Map: Rand McNally Motor Carrier Road Atlas 
  • Medicine (prescription and non-prescription)
  • Microwave (Lowest Watt possible)
  • Oil, Motor Oil (2 Gallons) and Wheel Hub Oil 
  • Padlock (To lock your trailer)
  • Paper Towels
  • Paper Logbook (In case your ELD goes out) 
  • Parking Guide: The Ultimate Truck Parking   Guide by ParkMyRig.com 
  • Pens 
  • Pillows: I have 4 pillows depending on which softness   I want any given night. 
  • Rags 
  • Refrigerator (small college student size) (to save money on food)
  • Reimbursement Forms 
  • Road Atlas (Motor Carrier version) (Brand: Rand McNally)
  • Power Inverter (1500 Watts minimum) to power A/C appliances you buy
  • Rubber Grommets (Used on Air lines where   Tractor and Trailer connect) 
  • Rubbing Alcohol (During winter for air lines) 
  • Safety Hat and Safety Glasses and Safety Vest
  • Seals (Plastic or Metal) (Bolt Seals if you go to Canada) 
  • Shower Bag
  • Shovel, Portable 
  • Spare Fuses 
  • Spare Lights: Headlight, Tail light, Belly Light
  • Stamps and Envelopes 
  • Stapler (To keep paperwork organized)
  • Thermometer: to monitor outside temperature (If your truck doesn’t have one built in) 
  • Toilet Paper, Kleenex’s, and Paper towels 
  • Tool Box 
  • Tools: Allen Wrenches, Crescent wrenches (Standard & Metric) 
  • Tool: Hammer 
  • Tool: Needle Nose Pliers 
  • Tool: Screwdrivers (Straight & Phillips)
  • Tool: Extra Large Straight Screwdriver) 
  • Tool: Socket Set (Standard & Metrics) 
  • Tool: Tire Gage 
  • Tool: Vise Grips 
  • Trash Can and Trash Bags 
  • Trailer Permit (Make sure your permit matches your trailer License Plate
  • Truck Permits: Registration (Make sure it matches your License Plate), IFTA, and   Insurance Card. (Make sure they are all current) (Oregon, Idaho, and Vermont   may require an additional Permit) 
  • Windshield Washer Fluid  
  • Windshield Wipers (Replace every month or two.
  • Zip Ties

 *Article Written by LeRoy Clemmer - Founder of ParkMyRig LLC