There is no denying that the lifestyle of a truck driver can be difficult. Many new driver’s don’t even realize that finding your next meal can be a chore at times. There are many appliances and accessories available on the market today that can help truck drivers maintain a healthy diet and prevent drivers from spending their hard earned money on truck stop food.
Start with a Fridge or Cooler
Many of the late model trucks that trucking companies are equipped with will have a fridge unit built in, however this isn’t always the case. If you are driving a truck that does not have a fridge we suggest picking up a small fridge unit, Coolatrons are great for the truck, or, at the very least, a cooler. You will be able to keep a variety of fresh foods like sandwiches, salads, fruits and vegetable in the truck for quick easy meals.
A Microwave is a Big Benefit to Any Truck Driver
Having the ability to make hot meals in the truck will make the biggest difference in your life on the road. Just about anything can be cooked in a microwave. Probably the biggest benefit of having a microwave is that you now have the ability to prep and freeze meals at home. Prepping meals at home is quick and easy, especially if you just make a little extra with each meal that is already being prepared. It also reduces the mess and the amount of tools and ingredients you have to take with you in the truck.
A Portable Stove, Grill or Crock Pot
There isn’t a lot of room in the sleeper and depending on what you take with you on a regular basis, finding room for a microwave can be a little difficult. Plus the fridges are small and if you are going to be out on the road for longer periods of time you just may not have room to take enough food with you.
Portable stoves, grills or a crock pot offer additional options for you to cook in the truck. They are smaller than a microwave and may be easier for you to store. Getting into a grocery or Wal-mart to purchase groceries on a regular basis shouldn’t be too difficult. A lunch box stove and a crock pot can be set up to cook your meals while you drive so that your meal is ready when you are.
Portable camping BBQ & 12v electric gills are cheap and can be stored in a jump box. Even if you have a microwave, BBQ and grills will allow you to make great healthy meals; think skinless chicken breast, fish, and corn on the cob. Throw a couple of peppers on there and laugh those drivers eating mystery meat at the truck stop!
Single Serve Coffee Maker is a Must of Coffee Drinkers
If you’re a coffee drinker than you probably spend a lot of time getting coffee, not to mention the amount of money you spend on mediocre truck stop brew. Save yourself some money and drink good coffee by getting a single serve coffee maker. Generally you can get a cup of Jo in less than five minutes, which is easy to do while you’re being loaded or unloaded. Plus you really have better things to do with your time besides stand in the fuel desk line waiting, waiting and waiting to pay $2 for a cup of Jo that tastes like it was strained threw a sock.
Once you get your small appliances for the truck you will notice a big difference in your lifestyle. You’ll be eating betting, spending less money, and you’ll even have more time to sit back and relax. Just remember that along with your new appliances you’ll want to get a few small utensils to make sure you can get the job done. Wooden spoons, spatulas, a can opener, a wooden carving board, a knife, plastic bowls for prep and serving, cutlery. Take two good sized plastic containers and some water. One container stores your supplies; the other is a wash basin. Stack the storage container into the wash container to conserve room.