Essential Travel Kit for a HGV driver

LGV HGV Driver Essential Travel Kit

Being a LGV / HGV driver means being on the road 24 hours. But this certainly doesn’t mean that you don’t provide yourself with the comfort you need for driving for such long hours. If you are a trainee LGV / HGV driver then you need to pack only the most important essentials kit that you’d need on the road.

Once you are out of the HGV training, obtain your HGV licence and start driving your own truck, you can carry as many things as you want. To help you with the brain block that you get while packing your bag, here’s a list of things which we advise during our HGV training which you need to carry with you on the road.

  1. Clothing items — you’ll need some comfy clothing for while you are driving and your off duty clothes for when you are taking time off.
  • Two pairs of jeans
  • 3 to 4 T-shirts
  • Jogging pants or shorts (whatever you are comfortable in)
  • A sweater or a jacket
  • A hat
  • 5 or 6 pairs of socks
  • Some clean underpants
  • A pair of shoes for when you are driving
  • A pair of flip flops for your showers
  • Off duty shoes for when you are not working.
  • Gloves
  • A scarf to keep you warm.
  • Sunglasses
  • A raincoat would be nice for those dark rainy days.
  1. Toiletries — while on the road, you need to take care of your hygiene the best way you can. You’ll need to pack things like:
  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth paste
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Sunscreen
  • Wipes
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Mouthwash
  • Floss
  • Cologne
  • Grooming scissors
  • Shaving gel and razors
  • Tampons (if you are a woman)
  • A comb or a hairbrush
  1. On the go food — you’ll need food or snacks that are good outside the refrigerator. Eating outside can get really boring at times and also doesn’t help in keeping you in a good shape. So you can carry things like:
  • Whole grain biscuits and crackers
    • Easy to make meals like instant soups and sandwiches
    • Fruits like bananas and apples.
    • Sunflower seeds (quite famous among HGV drivers because they keep you active)
    • Peanut butter
    • Nuts like peanuts and walnuts
    • Beef jerky
    • Granola bars
    • Candy bars
    • Chewing gums
    • water
  1. Absolute essential belongings — there are a few things that you just can’t drive without. These absolute essentials include:
  • Cell phone & a charger
  • GPS
  • Your prescribed glasses
  • Wallet with cash and debit/credit cards
  • Your license
  • A map
  • Laptop or tablet
  • Ear plugs
  1. Emergency kit — you should be well equipped to deal with unexpected emergency events. Some good suggestions are:
  • A first aid kit (that includes all your medicines, bandages and thermometers etc.)
  • A portable toilet
  • A pepper spray
  • Emergency phone numbers
  • An umbrella
  • Safety glasses
  1. Toolbox — being a HGV driver means being a bit of a mechanic as well. You’ll need a tool kit for sudden fixtures.
  • A flashlight
  • A screwdriver
  • A pocket knife
  • Road flares or cones
  • Chains for tires
  • Wrench kit
  • Work gloves
  1. Items to kill boredom — long hours of working with no one around can make you feel lonely and bored. Carry some entertainment stuff with you such as:
  • Some books or magazines
  • IPod or any other music player
  • Camera
  • Handy gaming gadgets

You can have a good time driving if you are taking care of yourself and have everything you need on you. The uncalled needs for the things lying in your house and not here with you can cost you extra money and trouble. Be smart when you pack. Don’t pack too much or too less. Just right enough to keep yourself comfortable. You can contact In Gear Driver training school to find out more about LGV / HGV training and how to pass your test first time to obtain your HGV licence.

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