I missed my last Trucker’s Wife Thursday post, so this is a bit delayed.
Michael is still traveling over the road. When I don’t get texts from him, I worry. There are so many things to worry about when your loved ones are traveling without adding 100,000+ pounds to their vehicle. Continue reading “Worries of a Trucker’s Wife”
It is very important for both Michael and me, to make sure that Michael eats well on the road. At home, Michael puts vegetables in EVERYTHING! When my daughter was 3 she tried to fire him because he made her eat vegetables.
Traveling for days on end doesn’t lend itself to healthy eating habits. Fast food and truckstop diners do not offer enough variety to keep a person satiated. By the end of his run, all Michael can think about is having a healthy home cooked meal when he gets home. But what can we do in the mean time to offer some healthy alternatives to 7-11 snacks, and Black Bear Diner’s giant fat filled portions?
Not only that, but if Michael spent all of his money eating out while on the road, we would MAYBE break even with his paycheck. Sometimes he isn’t able to stop where there is food available at all. We need to give him as many options from home as we can. Luckily he has a fridge in his truck. He loads his ice chest to keep food cool until the fridge has a chance to run cold.
Things he packs for the road.
- My homemade bread – 1 loaf
- Salami and cheese
- Store bought salads – such as veggie crunch, kale and mango, etc.
- Pudding cups
- Fresh fruit
- Gatorade/Powerade (sugar free)
- 4 liters of water
- Unsweetened tea
- Granola bars
- Naked Smoothies – several varieties.
He is usually only gone for 5 days at a time. In that, I am lucky. But making sure he has these things to take with him, helps to keep him healthy while on the road.
Can you think of anything else we could add that is travel convenient? What sorts of things does your trucker take with him/her? Let me know in the comments below.
In a previous post I talked about how to survive as a trucker’s wife. One of the ways was to learn more about life as a trucker. I found this post called 8 Facts About the Truck Driver Way of Life
Once again, the list, and my personal take on it. My thoughts might not match other trucker’s experiences. Continue reading “Trucker’s Crazy Routine”
I was talking with a friend the other night. Her and her boyfriend (fiance? common law husband? significant other? What is the correct term these days?) are also truck drivers. They work as a team of owner operators for Swift. They chose that life for several reasons. They hit a rough patch similar to ours. Her boyfriend worked in construction as well, and found it difficult to get steady employment in his profession. They were struggling to cover their bills and she was having a stressful situation at her work. Continue reading “Team Driving?”
I started this series almost as a joke. As part of a WordPress.com assignment the idea was to start a series of weekly posts. When I asked Michael for some ideas this is how it went: Continue reading “Surviving as a Trucker’s Wife”
When my husband and I first met in 2006, he drove big rig end dumps for a local company. He worked mostly on construction sites creating road and building foundations, industrial sized retaining walls for commercial locations, etc. Anything construction related, he worked it. In fact, there aren’t too many places we can go within 50 miles of home that he didn’t do some type of work. Continue reading “Once Again a Trucker’s Wife”