The Basics; Essential Items for the Over the Road Trucker

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That which is necessity to one is simply clutter to another. For this reason, I wonder a bit about the intelligence of compiling a list entitled "essentials". Still, I suppose it'll serve a purpose if something is included that might have otherwise been overlooked.

Navigation Aids

Regardless of whether you're driving locally or over the road you'll benefit from navigation aids of one kind or another. So, what's best for you? I haven't a clue. Additionally, there are so many choices, ranging from low-tech to high-tech, I don't have a hope of listing them all. But there are a few that I think are worth your consideration.


If you're driving over-the-road, regardless of your electronic map choices, I believe you should own a Road Atlas.


I'm not absolutely certain whether Electronics fall under the category heading of "Work" or "Play". I guess they're a little of both but, regrdless, a few of these items might easily be considered essential.

Internet Access

Without doubt, you'll want a laptop computer, tablet, or some such device. Years ago, when I decided to bring a laptop along on the road, my choices were quite limited. Now, however, a wide array of good choices exist. All you've got to do is decide which features are most important to you!

Printing Capability

Additionally, and for various reasons, you'll want to have a portable printer at your disposal. Again, there are several choices available. I do like the Canon PIXMA MG2420 Inkjet Photo Printer.