Beginner truck drivers often ask themselves how to make their truck feel like home. At first it is normal to miss your home, and to feel uncomfortable in the new “living environment”. Also, during your travels, you won’t always be familiar with your surroundings. And even if you are, you can’t exactly take off and drive to the movie theater in your truck. So here are some tips on how to make your rig feel more like home:
First of all, rest is the most important- so sleeping in your rig makes immediately it feel like home. It would be nice to have a nice carpet which you can take out and wash. You can also take your shoes off in the sleeper, and keep it clean- have a trash can in front of the passenger’s seat which you will empty every day. You can deep clean it once a week or so, and also do the laundry to wash your clothes and bed linen. Another thing you can do alone is wash your mini-fridge (if you have one), have a storage area (ex. Under the bed), and also keep the outside clean.
Simple things like making your bed every time you get out of it can make it feel quite satisfying.
Of course, you have the old standbys: reading and writing or some sort of hobby. These are all tremendous ways to pass the time, and can be educational for you as well. Many truck drivers bring laptops and with the Internet now you can even stream TV programs. However, you can buy a small tv/vcr. Some drivers are gamers, and this can be a fun way to pass the time (and stay social via Internet connections), but you have to be careful to resist the urge to stay up all night playing.
Taking care of your health
We mention this a LOT throughout our blogs, but it’s the most important thing! And we will keep reminding you. There are ways to take care of your health, and prevent gaining weight or getting many health related issues. It’s all a matter of priorities. So when you acknowledge we only have one body to live in, maybe you will start taking better care of it.
Truck drivers really have a busy schedule, they work almost double than others, and they want to use their free time to relax, rest, or spend time with their families. But there are also ways to stay healthy and safe on the road! With just a little bit of effort you can prevent gaining weight.
Don’t be afraid to add some personality to your truck. We understand that space is precious when staying in a truck, but you can make the place feel like home without bringing in useless decorations. The easiest way to add some personality is by using your necessary items to bring in pops of color. For instance, your bedding, curtains, seat covers, and floor mats are already functional and in the cab, so why not buy ones in your favorite color or pattern?
Another way that truckers make their rigs feel cozier is by hanging things up on the wall. Banners, posters, and pictures don’t take up a lot of space but can help transform your rig from dull and dark to bright and cheery. Lastly, choose storage solutions that are nice to look at and that will help you keep all of your belongings in their place.
Living in a commercial truck has its challenges. You can have the truck feel like a home away from home by making a few simple changes. The extent that you decorate or personalize is totally up to you! A full transformation doesn’t have to have an outrageous price tag either.