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16 trucker accessories to improve your life on the road

A 12-volt portable stove inside a semi-truck cab.

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Whether you’re a regional or over-the-road driver, it’s important to follow a truck driver packing list to make sure you don’t leave home without any must-have items. 

If you’re looking for some new gadgets and additions to your cab, check out our list of trucker accessories that will improve your life on the road.  

16 truck driver accessories to add to your packing list 

Cleaning accessories 

1. Air seat blowgun kit.

Air seat blow guns can be used to efficiently clean out your cab. They’re typically easy to install and can quickly clean floors, vents, controls and other nooks and crannies on the dash. 

2. Waterproof car trash can.

Instead of using a plastic bag as your trash can, purchase a waterproof trash can specifically invented for cars and semi-trucks. Not only do waterproof trash cans look neater, but they are sturdy and prevent liquids from leaking out. Plus, they can be strapped to the passenger seat and carried like a backpack.

3. Handheld vacuum.

A handheld vacuum is an essential cab accessory for truckers who want to keep their truck clean. It's portable, easy to use and can reach all those tricky corners where dirt and dust tend to gather.

Organizational accessories 

4. Front seat organizer.

This caddy-style bag can attach to your passenger seat and store things like your cellphone, pens, reading glasses and sunglasses, your laptop and more. With this organizer, you’ll never feel tempted to just throw stuff on your seat again, and the items you need most will be within an arm’s reach. 

5. Toiletry bag.

Organization is key when living on the road, and a toiletry bag is a great way to keep all your personal care items neat and easily accessible. Look for a bag with multiple compartments to hold items like your toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap and other essentials. Some toiletry bags even come with a hook so you can hang them in the cab for easy access. 

6. Cargo box organizer.

A cargo box organizer can help keep everything in its place, making it easier to find what you need when you need it. These organizers come in various sizes and designs, including options with adjustable compartments and secure straps to keep items from shifting during transit. 

7. Cargo nets/bungee cords.

Cargo nets and bungee cords can help drivers maintain organization and secure items within the cab. Offering versatility and reliability, they not only secure cargo but also help keep personal items and equipment organized, making them a must-have for every trucker. 

8. Laundry bag.

Keeping your cab tidy is a crucial part of maintaining a comfortable living space on the road, and a laundry bag is an essential tool in achieving this. 

Comfort accessories 

9. Seat cushion.

With the amount of time spent sitting as a truck driver, you owe it to yourself to invest in a high quality, comfortable seat cushion

10. Sunshade cover for windshield, side windows and rear windows.

Shade the interior of your truck with sun visors that go over the windshield, side windows and rear windows. If you tend to drive at night and sleep during the day, this is the perfect solution to help keep your truck dark and cool. 

11. 12-volt fan with mounting clip.

When you need a little extra air circulation in your truck, a fan that can plug into the 12-volt power source and clamp to just about anywhere, is the perfect solution. 

12. Portable TV antenna.

Relax after a long day of driving by watching TV in your cab. To get local channels, a portable TV antenna is a must. Most portable TV antennas can pick up local broadcast channels from 50+ miles away and require little to no assembly. 

13. Heated blanket.

When the temperature drops, a heated blanket adds an extra layer of comfort on the road. Electric blankets provide the right amount of warmth during chilly nights.  

14. Noise-canceling earbuds.

After a day on the road, you may want to unwind with some music or your favorite podcast. Noise-canceling earbuds are a great way to do this without disturbing your sleep schedule. 

Cooking accessories 

15. 12-volt portable stove.

When it comes to eating on the road, a 12-volt portable stove is indispensable. It allows you to heat up food right in your cab, saving you from relying solely on fast food or truck stop meals. This gadget plugs into your vehicle's 12-volt power source and heats up your pre-cooked or canned meals to perfection. 

16. Coffee maker.

For early morning starts or late-night hauls, a coffee maker is an essential trucker accessory. Look for a 12-volt model that can plug into your truck’s power source.  

Need some tips for organizing your cab?

Check out these truck tours by Schneider drivers Kayleigh and Wes for practical suggestions on maintaining a neat and organized cab interior. 
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