Driving can be lonely, tough work, especially over the holidays when most people expect to celebrate with family. Any chance, then, for truckers to add a little more cheer to their vehicle is always a welcome opportunity, especially for those operating sleeper-cabs over long hauls. Here are 12 ways to feel at home in your cab over the holidays:
1. Holiday Decorations: Put up lights, hang up a stocking, fix a wreath to your cab door or grill, set up a small artificial Christmas tree, or display a menorah to keep yourself in good spirits. Maybe even hang some mistletoe!
2. Food from Home: You can store home-cooked meals in the mini-fridge/freezer to reheat in your microwave, or invest in a hot-plate or toaster-oven to cook some of your favorite holiday meals right in the cab.
3. Staying Connected: Technology allows you to celebrate the holidays while away from home, including calling/Facetiming home to sing carols with your kids or significant other.
4. A “Home for the Holidays” Playlist: Create a playlist filled with songs that remind you of spending the holidays at home, from the festive classics you grew up with to tunes that reference the places, traditions, or values you know and love.
5. Posters & Pictures: Print off a large copy of a holiday family photo and hang it up in the cab to keep your loved ones close during the long winter months.
6. Physical Comforts: Relax over the holidays with a comfortable seat alignment and cushion, as well as a comfortable bed. Even wearing your favorite holiday sweater can help you feel comfy and at home.
7. Holiday Movies & Shows: Invest in a power converter, hook up a tv, pop some popcorn, put in a DVD of your favorite holiday film or tv show – whether it’s “Die Hard” or “It’s a Wonderful Life” – and you’ll feel at home in no time.
8. Holiday Reading: Settling in with a great book can also be calming experience at the end of the day, and reminiscent of peaceful holiday evenings at home. You can check out classics like “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens or “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry.
9. Passengers & Co-Drivers: Some truckers may bring their kids or spouse along with them in the cab over the holidays. Others even work in parent-child, spousal, or sibling co-driving pairs, which increases a vehicle’s operating hours while providing company over the holidays.
10. Bring a Pet: Did you know 40% of over-the-road drivers keep a furry friend in the cab with them? Traveling with a pet provides companionship over the holidays (and all year-round). Just be sure you can provide potential pets with a good, healthy life!
11. A Calm Environment: Air fresheners and oil diffusers can fill your cab with classic holiday scents like pine, gingerbread, and peppermint, while ambient lights and sound machines (maybe playing silver bells?) can help you relax and fall asleep at night.
12. Staying Healthy: The holidays are known for heavy meals, but it’s hard to feel at home in the cab if you’re not comfortable in your own skin. Maintain your physical health by eating right, exercising, getting enough sleep, and keeping up with your mental health while on the road during the holidays.
Truckers work hard and put long hours into serving our nation, and they certainly deserve to feel holiday cheer this time of year. We hope this article helps you find ways to brighten up the cab. And we want to hear from you: how do you decorate or celebrate the holidays when on the road? Let us know in the comments below.
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Ethan Smith is a Content Curator for Trader Interactive, serving the brands Commercial Truck Trader, Commercial Web Services, and Equipment Trader. Ethan believes in using accessible language to elevate conversations about industry topics relevant to commercial dealers and their buyers.