6 Laundry Tips for Truckers
Probably one of the last things on your mind before hitting the road is your laundry. It may seem like a trivial topic, but it’s something ever trucker will face at some point. For truckers, space is limited so you really can’t pack a ton of clothes. You also can’t afford to spend 2+ hours doing laundry.
Being on the road brings many challenges and one of the most overlooked challenges is how to manage laundry. So, here are some practical tips to help truck drivers manage their laundry.
What to pack:
Generally most drivers can get away with not changing jeans and shirt everyday, but only when they shower. Try packing 4 pants and 4 shirts – jeans and shirt usually don’t need to change every day. This takes up much less room when storage is limited. Since socks and underwear get changed daily you probably need to pack more, figure on 8-10 pairs of each. It may seem like a lot, but just in case you get stuck on a run and can’t do laundry, it’s nice to have them. Ladies typically change clothes more often, but just like the guys, change jeans every 2-3 days, but shirts more frequently.
A good idea for workout clothes is to buy workout clothes made with moisture-wicking material – they tend to stay fresh a little longer. If you like to workout, it’s important to wash up after working out, you can use a washcloth and bottled water or baby wipes. There’s no point in washing your workout clothes every time you use them though, rinse and wring out workout clothes and hang dry overnight when possible.
If you have a gym membership with a national or regional gym, that will provide a place you can shower and hand wash workout clothes.
Where Do Truckers Put Dirty Clothes?
Keep dirty laundry in a canvas or net laundry bag – you can get these at most truck stops or at Walmart. You can store your laundry behind the drivers seat. Laundry baskets are helpful but can take up a lot of space, so unless you drive solo and use the top bunk as storage you many need to be creative in your packing and storage of clothes.
Foldable hangers are a good item to have because they take up less space and are useful for hanging clothes to dry overnight. Again, it really varies regarding storage space and depends on how many people are in the truck, your available space and type of truck you have but if you are resourceful and creative you can make it work.
We’ve seen trucker’s get very creative, using adjustable hanger poles, string/cord stretch across the cab, held tight from the windows and some even hanging laundry from the mirrors to air out while sleeping.
How To Do Laundry As A Trucker
Many truck stops have laundry facilities so you can do laundry there, usually at the end of the workday or whenever time allows. If you have errands or need to pick up a few things along the way, many Walmarts and other large chain stores will have space for truck parking so you can do necessary shopping.
6 Laundry Tips to Help Truck Drivers Manage Laundry
So, here is a recap of some of the tips you can use on the road to manage your laundry:
- Pack light! Learn to wear your clothes for longer before doing laundry.
- Air out workout clothes and reuse them before laundry day.
- Keep dirty laundry in a space-saving bag.
- Park as far away as possible
- Less chance of an inexperienced driver running into you (most drivers park as close as they can to the truck stop and spaces are tight)
- You can get some extra exercise. Sitting for long periods of time can take its toll on your body so try to eat as healthy as you can and get exercise where and when you can.
- Multitask and do laundry along with other “chores” and errands.
- Be creative. Shower and hand wash items at gym if possible
The biggest and easiest thing you can do is to wear our clothes longer so you have less laundry. Get it down to doing it only once a week and be efficient with your time. Make the most of that two hours by running other errands if possible or get a workout in.
Hope these tips will help make life on the road a little easier to manage. Remember, be resourceful and creative. Ask and share ideas with other truckers.