In the spirit of having lived in my truck with my husband and pets for a time, I thought it might be fun to share a few truck-life related tips with all of you. It’s really random, but I hope you’ll like it.
Pack as lightly as possible. Do as I say here. Not as I have done. If you find you don’t need something in your travels, leave it behind. Someone else might really need and enjoy it.
Our clothing fits neatly into two duffel bags. Because we are freaks who dress up our dogs, the dogs have a shared duffel of their own.
We keep a toiletry bag up front, and a toiletry box (for the major things) in the bed.
We’ve learned that Gumout in a gas tank makes the gas stretch further.
We have washed our hair in rest stop sinks. Automated rest stop sinks. Simply keep one hand on the back of your head moving and the water will stay on.
Food is stored in our glove box; canned goods go in the center console. We eat light breakfasts and lunches and go out or have Dollar Menu for supper. All of our dishes are kept in the bed of the truck in a large bin.
We have a tent in case we ever need to sleep under the stars, and outside the truck.
We have learned that car batteries are free from Advanced Auto if you purchase the first one… buy one, get future replacements free. They also recharge batteries for free, and some locations will loan out tools in exchange for a copy of the borrower’s ID.
We learned that PepBoys has awesome discounts. Plus a military discount.
Bedding is awesome when packed into a back seat for pets to snuggle in. Just be careful that they don’t soil it.
Clothes can be refreshed (not washed, refreshed) by spraying deodorant / perfume on them… they can also be de-stinked by splashing a mixture of water and lemon juice on them. The lemon-water works amazingly. Lemon juice packets can be found at your local Subway sandwich shop. I use two of these packets to a bottle of water.
Most Barnes & Nobles bookstores offer free drinking water while you sit in their cafe area.
The founder of Wal*Mart stores put it in the Wal*Mart by-laws that the parking lots for his stores were to be a safe haven for truckers, campers, and other travelers to stop in and rest overnight. However, it is always good to call ahead and make sure that a Wal*Mart allows this.
Also an excellent idea, if you have a smart phone, to download apps such as Google Maps and Yelp. You can search your Android market for Travel and find many other helpful apps for your travels.
Keep card games in your glove box. We chose Uno and Phase 10. This awards you fun family moments while awaiting bedtime, waiting out weather, or waiting for a store to open. The downside is that at night, the cards reflect in the windows of the vehicle.
I recommend keeping an extra car battery in a storage bin in the back of the truck. It’s also a great idea to have a set of jumper cables.
I also recommend keeping a full gas can in case of emergencies. Again, do as I say, not as I have done.
We also keep pet snacks in the front seat in a container the dogs cannot open. This way, they can always have a cookie of their own after patiently waiting on us to feed them our food.
Let me know if you’ve anything to add to this list, or if you have an interesting or funny travel story. I look forward to the comments ~_<3