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Great Gifts for Truck Drivers

By Heather Hogeland & Kim Grimm

Great Gifts for Truck Drivers- Christmas will be here before we know it and it’s never too early to start shopping for that perfect gift for those important people in your life. In fact, it’s a good idea to get started earlier rather than later so your budget can withstand the extra expense of the holiday.Christmas will be here before we know it and it’s never too early to start shopping for that perfect gift for those important people in your life. In fact, it’s a good idea to get started earlier rather than later so your budget can withstand the extra expense of the holiday.

If the one you love is a new driver the list of things that would make useful gifts is long.  It takes some time to get organized and figure out what you need when you are new in this business. For the old hands out here, new things are coming down the pike every day. If you look, you can still find something that will be a thoughtful and appreciated gift.

Let’s start with the new drivers, for years I carried an over the shoulder shower bag, now I have found that a duffle bag with wheels is greatly appreciated. I woke up one day, older, and said to myself, “hmmm, I suppose trucking hasn’t always been as kind to my body as I would have liked” and realized  that, just maybe, a shower bag on wheels might make my life a little easier, which it does. Try to find a bag with all the little cubbies to hold your shower necessities.  A fun pair of shower shoes might be another idea.  Everything can’t always be strictly practical, personalize whenever you can, for example if your loved one likes dogs, get something dog-inspired.

Great Gifts for Truck Drivers- Christmas will be here before we know it and it’s never too early to start shopping for that perfect gift for those important people in your life. In fact, it’s a good idea to get started earlier rather than later so your budget can withstand the extra expense of the holiday.If you get a chance, wander the aisles at a chrome shop like Iowa 80 to see all the latest must haves on a truck. There are many ideas there for drivers! If you can’t make it to one of their store locations you can call toll free for a catalog or you can go to IOWA80.com and look online.

An extendable back scratcher is a nice idea and an extendable fly swatter is always welcome.  An over the seat organizer helps keep things in easy reach and put away so they aren’t cluttering up the dash.  Office supplies like a cute calculator, fun paper clips, scissors, dash duster, a nice ink pen, can take away some of the boring in your work space. A good sized thermos or thermal coffee mug could be great gifts for your driver as could a pair of polarized sunglasses or warm gloves. A shaving kit bag for a man or a make-up bag for a woman as well as a warm, comfy blanket throw for either gender would all make good gifts.

There are lots of things you can buy in pink or purple now, tool boxes with pink handled tools, your every day coffee cup… you can even find things with a bit of bling on them for us ladies! You don’t have to give up being a girl to drive a truck.

For a driver who has all the necessary stuff, finding something personalized is extra special.  A t-shirt from a favorite OEM or apparel company is always a favorite. Then there are the staples that may need to be replaced, anything from work gloves to a bluetooth headset. A favorite is always something to make the truck smell good, being closed up inside for so many hours without being able to have fresh air circulate creates a real need for it, so air fresheners, in many different scents, would be a nice gift. Especially if it could last longer than a day!

Gifts given to us from the ones we love mean a lot when you are gone from home, and if you are just getting into this crazy business, I think they might mean even more. Merry Christmas!

Stay Safe Out There And Keep It Shiny!


Heather Hogeland and Kim Grimm are CDL holders and longtime friends with a combined 75 years and 7 million miles of driving experience. Both are writers and have a love for everything trucking, as well as, furry, four-legged friends. Kim is currently a full-time owner-operator and part-time writer. Heather writes for various trucking publications and enjoys traveling with her husband Roger.


Pet Safety

Advice for a Happy & Healthy Furry Friend

By Heather Hogeland and Kim Grimm

There are many drivers out there who have a furry kid on board these days, and many more that are considering getting one. Having a pet along for the ride can be a very rewarding experience. Neither of us would ever leave home without ours! That being said, you need to be a responsible pet parent, taking all necessary precautions to protect your furry little sidekick. Like a good boy (or girl) scout, be prepared!

First of all, if you drive for a company, find out their pet policy since some companies do not allow pets in the truck. Be sure to get your pet vaccinated against all diseases required by law, as well as vaccinated against anything that your pet may be exposed to simply by location. There are parts of the country where certain things may not be an issue. For example, I live in Arizona where Dixie would not need to be vaccinated against the Leptospirosis virus, but since we travel and spend a lot of time in upstate New York in rural wooded areas, my vet advised that we needed to do it. It is very important that your vet understands your pet is going to be all over the map, literally, so that they can protect accordingly.

Keep copies of vaccination and license records with you in the truck, making sure they are always up to date. You may also want to have your pet micro-chipped by your vet for your pets’ safety, as well as for your own peace of mind. Keep these copies, along with a photo of your pet, within easy reach of the drivers seat in case of emergency. Putting them in your permit book works well and keeps them safe. If you are involved in an accident you can provide first responders with vital information immediately to help them treat and or locate your pet right away.

While rolling, I have gotten into the practice of tethering my dog to my seat belt. It’s a simple task, I just attach a 6 foot leash to her collar and loop the other end over the hard part of my seat belt before buckling it up. This gives her plenty of room to move around, get a drink, etc., but still keeps her close and keeps her from bolting ‘just in case’.

Always leash your pet. Just because your dog is friendly does not mean every dog is friendly! Carry a plastic bag to pick up after your pet, especially when you are at a customer’s dock. Not all of these places even allow you to walk your animals while there, so when they do it is important to respect them and pick up after your pet.

Carry plenty of supplies for your pet. If your pet needs special food or medication, make sure you have enough before leaving home or make arrangements to get it while on the road. Heartgard and flea and tick protection are both monthly, year-round applications when traveling nationally, so keep these in stock as well. We carry bottled water for our dogs so that we can be sure there is consistency in what they drink. This way we are sure there aren’t any gastric problems for our ‘babies’.

Iowa 80 offers a pet wash, the Dog-O-Mat, so any time you can get your truck washed Rover can get cleaned up too! This do-it-yourself facility is out in front of the Truckomat and works really well. It’s a separate building from the Truckomat that is specially built just for you and Fido. It is a protected and clean facility for drivers and their fur babies!

Advice for a Happy & Healthy Furry Friend- There are many drivers out there who have a furry kid on board these days, and many more that are considering getting one. Having a pet along for the ride can be a very rewarding experience. Neither of us would ever leave home without ours!
Iowa80.com’s chrome dog, Andy, loves to sniff out doggone good deals for you.

Exercise is always difficult for us when we drive, but having a dog on-board helps motivate us to move. We have to get out and walk when we have a dog, and it’s good for both of us. Some truck stops now even have walking paths. If you use these, please be sure to clean up after your dog so the privilege is not lost to others because of a few.

Last of all, keep all food (dog and people) out of reach from your pet or behind latched doors, and empty the garbage often. This can keep you from having to hunt an emergency veterinarian clinic someday, I promise! Although there is work involved, having these furry little critters with us have far greater rewards than we could ever explain.

Stay safe out there & Keep It Shiny!


Heather Hogeland and Kim Grimm are CDL holders and longtime friends with a combined 75 years and 7 million miles of driving experience. Both are writers and have a love for everything trucking, as well as, furry, four-legged friends. Kim is currently a full-time owner-operator and part-time writer. Heather writes for various trucking publications and enjoys traveling with her husband Roger.