10 gift ideas for a trucker dad
Looking for a practical gift for your favorite truck driver? If your dad spends a lot of time on the road, you can treat him to something that will make his job even more enjoyable.
Here are 10 Christmas gift ideas that are perfect for truckers.
1 – Heated blanket
While many drivers leave their trucks to spend the night in roadside hotels or motels, some sleep in their cabs. The cab can become very cold at night, especially in winter. An electric blanket can be a great help in these situations.
Look for a blanket with a long cord so your dad doesn’t have to struggle to plug it in.
2 – Complete shower kit
A complete shower kit, including a quick-drying towel, shower shoes and a bathrobe, is the perfect gift for a driver who sometimes sleeps in the cab of his truck.
A shower kit with shower gel and shampoo can make rest area showers much more pleasant to use. Any father who works in truck transport will certainly appreciate this gift.
3 – Audiobooks
You want your father to be more cultured, but you don’t want him to be reading a book while he’s transporting explosives! That’s why audiobooks make great gifts for a truck driver.
They allow truckers to listen to language courses, novels or even books on business management while remaining focused on their journey.
4 – Paper map designed for truckers
While GPS devices and smartphones can be very useful for orientation, they are not always totally reliable, especially in the most remote areas. This is especially the case in some parts of Canada and the United States, which nevertheless have to be navigated for LTL transportation.
A specially designed map, created specifically for truckers, could help your dad navigate in areas that GPS systems don’t cover.
5 – Compact portable fridge
Crossing food deserts is something truck drivers are used to. So it’s not surprising that some have a diet based on products available at gas stations.
A portable refrigerator that can be plugged into a truck can allow your dad to store healthy snacks and drinks right in his cab.
6 – Inverter or USB converter
Few trucks used for transportation are equipped with USB or power outlets, so charging a smart phone or other mobile device can be difficult.
An inverter or USB converter can quickly and easily use the truck’s battery to charge a tablet or phone. Your dad will no longer be able to use the excuse that his battery was dead when he doesn’t answer your calls!
7 – Orthopedic cushion
Truck drivers sit for incredibly long periods of time. Staying in the same position for hours can cause discomfort and even pain.
An orthopedic cushion designed specifically for people who spend their days sitting behind the wheel could help your truck driver dad improve his posture and even prevent back problems.
8 – Small vehicle safe
Some truckers have to carry cash, money orders or company cheques when making home deliveries. Others carry cash for emergencies.
If a driver stops for a break, a shower or breaks down for a period of time, they may not want to take all their valuables with them when they leave the truck. However, leaving them in the vehicle unattended can be risky.
A small vehicle safe will allow your dad to leave his valuables in his truck without fear of having them stolen.
9 – Satellite radio antenna
The road can become boring pretty quickly. And radio stations don’t always have an antenna that can cover all the roads truck drivers take.
A satellite radio antenna is the perfect gift to keep your dad entertained and alert during the long hours he spends behind the wheel.
10 – First aid kit
Truck drivers are usually alone and may not always be able to get to a medical facility in a timely fashion. A first aid kit may be useful in the event of a minor cut or burn.
The most important items in a first aid kit include an antiseptic, gauze, medical tape, burn ointment, bandages and common medications such as acetaminophen. This will keep your dad safe and sound.
No matter what gift you give to your trucker dad, he will appreciate it
In conclusion, you probably know your father better than anyone else and the best gift for him may not necessarily be on this list. However, if you run out of ideas, rest assured that your dad will be pleased with any of these ten suggested gifts.