If you own a truck, you know that it’s almost like a second home to you. You can’t imagine living life without it – nor would you ever want to. It provides you and your family with adventure, storage, and strength. Most of the time, those without a truck are usually asking to borrow yours. Take it as a compliment. Because a truck can be helpful in nearly all areas of life, it can get overwhelming deciding what to keep on deck at all times. To help you out, we broke down the most popular gear and tools you’ll find useful to store in your beloved truck.
A Light Source
Arguably the most practical tool to keep in any automobile is a portable light source, such as a flashlight, headlamp, matches, or lantern. A flashlight can aid in any outdoor emergency or repair situation. You want a brighter, more reliable source of light than your phone’s flashlight utility, and it’s wise to choose one that can withstand any weather. Since you’ll be storing a flashlight, it only makes sense to keep an extra pair of batteries in your truck as well. If you choose to store matches, they are great to start a fire whenever needed, for instance, when facing the worst-case scenario of being stuck in the middle of nowhere and needing a fire to keep warm. Having both a flashlight and matches will come in handy, and you won’t regret having them.
If you’re like most truck owners, you like getting into rough, dirty areas, so your truck’s tires may experience a lot of wear. To keep your tires rolling, make sure you have the proper tools to do any quick repairs. Owning a tire plug kit is worth the investment and will pay for itself the first time you use it. While a tire plug isn’t always a permanent solution, it aids in getting you to the nearest tire repair shop or back home. In addition, you also want to pack a lug wrench, car jack, and an extra tire in case you do ruin your tire completely.
First Aid Kit
Regardless of how safe you may think you’re being, accidents happen, so a first aid kit is a must-have. The kit doesn’t take up much room and can fit under or behind the seat. Many stores offer prepacked first aid kits, but it is usually best to pack your own. By packing your own first aid kit, you can select which items are most important to you and will suffice in most situations. Make sure to pack light but don’t miss out on any essentials — a compact bag or box that you can quickly grab at any given time works the best. The Red Cross provides a helpful list in guiding you to pack the essentials. Remember to replace anything you use and check the supplies yearly for any expiration dates.
Alexander Graham Bell said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” We agree! That’s why we believe it’s wise to travel with protection to keep your body prepared for all types of situations. Most people keep two pairs of gloves to fit different circumstances. Thick, sturdy gloves prove useful in rough construction projects, whereas thin, tight-fitting gloves are best suited for handling small wires or repairs. In addition to gloves, protective rain gear such as a raincoat or poncho is always wise to keep on deck in the event of unexpected weather. For added warmth during temperature drops, keep a sweatshirt within reach, and for protection from the hot sun, it’s always a good idea to store some spare sunglasses in your truck. Extreme sunlight can prove to be a danger when driving, regardless of the outside temperature.
Most truck owners tend to have a trailer to haul around on their adventures. In this case, you need to make sure you have all the proper equipment for trailer hauling. Many recommend keeping all three common-sized ball mounts: ⅞ inch, 2 inches, and 2-5/16 inches. Keep an adapter close by that converts a 7-way RV to a 4-way flat or vice versa. You’ll need a three-way plug mount and a plug adapter for the safety of your vehicles.
Having a truck is a blessing rather than a heavy burden as it allows you to travel freely and carry whatever weight life throws at you! It also gives you the space to carry the essential tools from this list. If you have trouble check-marking everything off your list, visit Tropic Outdoors. We offer a wide variety of clothing, trailer parts, safety tools, and much more. Prepare your truck now so that you and your guests can enjoy riding in peace and comfort.