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Must Have Items Every Trucker Needs In Their Cabin

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1. Dash Cam

BREAK CHECK! Yet another foolish driver playing games with a semi-truck. Seriously where do people get these ideas from?

In a world, with road rage, bad luck, and cargo thieves it's important to have a way to prove your innocence. Insurance for semi-trucks is very expensive which is why hard cold evidence can be a lifesaver.

Dash cams are great ways to protect you and your wallet. It's can capture any criminal or fraudulent behavior while on the road or even parked in a lot. If something, were to ever happen to you or your truck a dashcam, provides video evidence for your employer or insurance company of the incident. We highly recommend the Street Guardian because of its many features. Great night vision recording, great quality video, and built-in GPS. It knocks a few birds with one stone.

Street Guardian SG9665GC v3 Edition

  • 1080p recording quality at 30fps
  • Great night vision
  • GPS tracking built-in
  • Supports microSD cards up to 256g
  • 1-year warranty included

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2. GPS

SH*T, you missed a turn, the road is closed, or that bridge is too low. Now all the 4 wheelers are honking at you while you're trying to figure out your next move. Not all roads are very accommodating to semi-truck drivers. Which doesn't make our life any easier. We know a guy who can help you out in those stressful situations.

A GPS designed specifically for semi-trucks is just the friend you need. Stop worrying about roads that are not suited for your truck. The right GPS can help track road fit for your truck, down to the height, weight, size of your truck. Know the speed limits and bridge heights so you never get caught in an unwanted situation. This is one of the top-rated GPS's that we highly recommend getting your hands on.

Rand McNally TND740 GPS

  • 7-inch Touchscreen
  • Truck-specific navigation
  • specialized routes according to height and weight
  • logging feature (track fuel, hours, etc.)
  • Real-time weather updates
  • Clear navigation system
  • Lifetime map updates
  • Points out weight stations, truck stops, and rest stops

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3. Good Mattress

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration 100,000, semi-truck accidents happen per year due to drowsy driving. 1,500 of them lead to death. That's a lot of accidents that can be avoided with proper sleep.

It's very important to have a comfortable mattress so you can sleep through the night without waking up to back pain. We found one of the most top-rated mattresses with a dual-sided design (soft and firm). Good sleep will increase your alertness and decrease the chances of falling asleep behind the wheel.

Dual Duty Dual Side Firm/Soft Foam Truck Mattress

  • Lightweight truck mattress
  • Dual-sided design with two built-in firmness
  • Conforming foam layers relieve pressure
  • Removable, machine-washable polyester cover
  • Veteran Owned

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4. Seat Cushion

On average a truck driver will drive 11 hours straight. Chiropractors all over the world just shivered in disgust from that sentence. Back pain is nothing new to most experienced semi-truck drivers and it's time to change that. Every trucker needs this in their cabin.

Going 11 hours in an uncomfortable seat that doesn't support your back is not ideal. It's important to have proper back support as to not hurt your back. This cushion could be a life-changer for most drivers. It's cut out to maximize back and tailbone support and back pain relief.

Aylio Coccyx Orthopedic Comfort Foam Seat Cushion

  • Rear cutout that provides back pain relief
  • Easily removable cover for cleaning
  • Contour-designed for healthy posture
  • Lifetime replacement guarantee
  • The 3-inch cushion can be high for drivers with shorter legs

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5. Crock-Pot

Rest/truck stop food can often be unhealthy or taste poorly and from what we know most semi-trucks don't come with a full kitchen. The future is now and you can bring some of the kitchen with you on your drives. Some drivers will bring a portable stove and mini-fridge, but that can be overbearing, and being on the road all day makes it hard to find time to cook full meals.

Truckers can benefit greatly from the convivence of a crockpot. Thankfully they design crock pots specifically for truckers, like the RoadPro slow cooker. Start cooking in the morning and it will be ready for you at dinner time. Here are some great crockpot recipes to try.

RoadPro-RPSL-350 Quart Slow Cooker, Auto Travel, 12V, White, 1.5 Quart


  • Plugs directly into the 12-Volt power port
  • Stoneware crock is removable and dishwasher safe
  • Black cooker base with easy-grip handles
  • Glass lid with stretch cord to keep lid secure while traveling
  • Warms/cooks between 140° and 170° F

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6. General Items

Here is a shortlist of must-have general items that can be found in most convenience stores. These are the basics of whatever trucker needs in their cabin. Some of these items are great for emergency situations or just comfort.

  • Shower kit
  • First aid kit and flashlight
  • Reflective safety clothing
  • Work gloves
  • Device dash mounts
  • Semi-Truck gauges

Those are items that every trucker needs in their cabin. Being a CDL driver is not an easy job. Hopefully, these items will make your day to day much 

Must Have Items Every Trucker Needs In Their Cabin
Vanessa Kuras