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Being a long-haul HGV driver can be a pretty demanding job as you will stay away from home for periods of time as part of your work. Before undertaking a long-distance driving assignment, it’s a good idea to plan early and have the tramping essentials ready, so that you can have everything you need along the way to make your journey safe and comfortable.

The seasoned long-distance lorry drivers will already have a cab full of useful tramping items that they’ve learned to take with them from years of driving, but for those who are new to the job, a tramping list will help you have a more enjoyable and organised journey.

In this article, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of ‘must-have’ tramping items to get you ready to hit the road.

Here is the complete packing list for your journey:


Make sure you pack enough clothes, and the right type of clothes according to your destination. if you are going to a colder location, you will need to have plenty of warm clothes. Always carry a change of everyday clothing and extra underwear, but also have a bag of ‘practical’ clothes to prepare for unexpected eventualities.

Everyday Wear:

  • Trousers
  • Underwear
  • Shirts
  • Sleepwear
  • Jacket

Practical Wear:

  • A thick woolly hat and gloves
  • Boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Thick socks
  • Waterproof trousers and jacket
  • Safety boots and gloves
  • A hard hat

Food And Drink

  • Fresh fruit
  • Vegetable
  • Healthy snacks
  • Nuts (if you have no allergy)
  • Easy to cook items such as tin soups or packet rice
  • Water and non-sugary drinks
  • Thermos flask to keep food and drink either hot or cold


Having a good night’s sleep can make or break the success of your long-haul trip, not to mention affecting your safety on the road. Most HGV vehicles will have a bed, but these can be quite uncomfortable, particularly in an older truck. Take some essentials to make you feel more at home when it’s time for bed:

  • Comfortable duvet.
  • Comfortable pillows
  • Lightweight inflatable mattress
  • Earplugs


Toiletries are useful for your journey; you can stay fresh and clean while on the road. Packing your own toiletries can save you some money, avoid buying from the truck stops as it can be pricey. The toiletries list includes:

  • Washbag
  • Shower shoes
  • Shaving cream
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Razor
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet rolls
  • Nail clippers

Emergency Supplies

As a long-distance HGV driver, getting to your destination safely is part of the job. Keeping some emergency supplies in your truck is a very good practice because you never know what is around the corner. Bad weather or an unexpected accident can delay your journey; having these emergency items can keep you safe, and help you overcome the worst situation caused by unforeseen incidents. This list includes:

  • De-icer
  • Torchlight
  • Spare blankets
  • First aid kit
  • Jumper cables
  • High-vis jacket
  • Safety cones or safety triangle
  • Foil blanket to keep warm
  • Medication – such as painkiller
  • Paper maps in case you have a problem with your satnav
  • A Shovel

Regardless of your mechanical knowledge, it’s always a good idea to take some basic tools on your journey. Even the inexperienced driver may be able to fix a simple problem with the help of someone else over the phone or a Zoom call. Consider taking the following as a bare minimum:


  • Pliers
  • Basic spanners
  • A hammer
  • Screwdriver set
  • Duct tape
  • Pen, pencils, and paper
  • Stanley knife
  • Tyre gauge
  • Allen key set

Cleaning Supplies

Keeping your truck cabin clean and tidy can help you to have a more pleasant driving experience. These cleaning supplies not only maintain hygiene during the pandemic but also contribute to a clutter-free and relaxing environment. this list includes:

  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Air Fresheners
  • Paper Towels
  • Bin Bags
  • Hand-held vacuum cleaner


HGV driving can be a hard and exhausting job. You can be driving your truck for a long period of time, so it’s important to take breaks and have enough rest before getting back on the road again. It is handy to have something to keep yourself entertained or to wind down before bed.

This list includes:

  • Magazine
  • e-reader
  • Puzzles books
  • Mobile phone and changer
  • Headphone
  • Tablet
  • Handheld games console
  • Spare chargers and cables

Other Equipment

Depending on the length of your trip, you may consider taking some other gadgets with you:

  • A camping stove and camping gas (to be stowed in the trucks outside storage.
  • Old carpet or floor mat to help if you are stuck in snow
  • A Satnav with maps for lorries
  • Lighter or matches

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and find it helpful as you prepare for your next long-haul driving journey. You may not feel you need every item on our list, but we hope it will help you prepare correctly for the type of journey you will be undertaking.

It can be easy to forget things, so make sure to make a note or print this out and use it as you need it!

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