Never in a million years did I think I would wake up one day and be living in a semi-truck! Here I am though, married to a truck driver. Do I actually drive the truck? No. I do however go along with my husband and take care of our little “home”. By “home” I of course mean our semi-truck.
The first time I stepped into the truck I wasn’t exactly impressed. All I could think about was “We actually have to live in THIS”. The bed was only a little bigger than a twin, definitely, a change from the queen size bed my husband and I were used to. There was very limited storage space ( how was I going to fit all my clothes and shoes in here?!).
The biggest thing that I noticed was there was no refrigerator, microwave, or any other form of cooking! Needless to say, our truck needed a lot of work! So, if you live in a truck and want to make it into a home, here are some tips to do just that.
Your Home Away From Home…
Being a truck driver is a hard job. I know because I watch my husband do it every day. At the end of the day, you want to be able to kick back and relax, just like you would do if you had a job that allowed you to be home every day. While a lot of truckers don’t have that privilege, there are things you can do to make your truck a home away from home…
1. First Things First
Buy a refrigerator and a microwave. Many companies make small appliances like this. No one wants to have to eat fast food every single day, especially if you’re trying to eat healthily. A refrigerator and microwave are the first two items we bought for our truck.
You will be amazed at the number of healthy foods you can cook in a microwave! And by having a refrigerator you can stock up on fresh fruits and veggies, yogurt, sandwich items, and the list can go on and on.
2. While We’Re On The Subject Of Food
here’s another item that we have found to be a must-have: A CROCKPOT! Crockpots are great for cooking meals with minimal mess. Stock your refrigerator with your favorite meats and vegetables, throw in a can of soup ( I’ve found that cream of chicken or cream of mushroom is both great to make a sauce) and you’ve got a home-cooked meal waiting for you when you pull into a truck stop for the night.
Our crockpot even has a lid that clamps shut (definitely recommend) so if it ever did turn over while were driving down the road you won’t have a big mess to clean up. You can even buy crockpot liners so when you’re done with your meal you just throw the liner away and there’s no mess to clean up in the actual crockpot itself.
3. Sleeping Arrangement
In our truck, we now have two bunks which have been a big help. Two adults trying to sleep comfortably in a twin-size bed is just not gonna happen. Here are some things that will help make your bed more comfortable:
- COMFORTABLE pillows. They may cost more, but they are WORTH it.
- A nice comforter SET. You have to have blankets, sheets, and pillowcases anyway, so why not buy a comforter set and have them all match? Having matching bed linens really will make your truck feel more like home.
- Accent pillows, not only look nice but are great for propping up your head or feet if you are watching TV.
4. A TV Is A Semi Truck Necessity
Since I’m on the subject of TV, if you can afford one for your truck it’s definitely nice to have. Some people even have cable. We don’t currently have cable, but we do have a TV mounted to the wall at the end of the bottom bunk.
If you have a laptop you can even hook it up to the TV and use it to watch DVDs and to get on the computer. Another good idea (well my husband thinks so anyway) is an XBOX. I personally am not a video gamer, but my husband loves that thing (possibly more than he loves me) and it provides him with hours of entertainment and a break from his stressful career.
5. Let’S Talk Storage
When we first started trucking, I honestly tried to bring my entire wardrobe and every pair of shoes I own with me. My husband thought I was crazy. He packs 7 pairs of jeans and 7 T-shirts, one for each day of the week. I quickly realized I was going to have to downsize BIG TIME.
After an emotional goodbye, I put the majority of my clothes and shoes back in my closet at home and only packed what I really needed. My husband and I have completely different definitions of the word “need”. He says I only “need” one shirt and one pair of pants for each day of the week. I say I “need” at least two.
I mean come on, I’m a woman, we all know you have to try on at least 2 to 3 outfits before you find the one you really want to wear. Ok, so I may be exaggerating a little, I’m really not THAT high maintenance. The moral of the story is: my husband was right, only bring what you really need! If you want your truck to feel like a home the last thing you want is clutter. Too much stuff = a lot of clutter.
This is the last and possibly one of the most important items on my list: A portable toilet. While most of the time you are able to sleep at truck stops and they obviously have restrooms, this is not always the case.
What if you run out of hours on your logbook and have to sleep somewhere with no restroom at all? This is where a portable toilet comes in handy. It’s just a small toilet that has 3 legs that fold in and out for easy storage. Along with the toilet you have to buy toilet bags. They fit right into the toilet and you don’t have to worry, they don’t leak.
While I could go on and on about things to make your semi-truck a home, this should at least get you started. Were all different and have different tastes, so get creative. Come up with your own personal touches that remind you of home.
Especially if you have to be away from your family for extended periods of time. Why not have a quilt made for your bed with pictures of your loved ones on it? Get your creativity flowing and see what you can come up with. And don’t hesitate to leave me comments with your own ideas, as I too am constantly looking for ways to make our semi truck a home away from home.