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Big Truck Essentials: The Birdbath

It takes time to figure out how to “live” on a truck 24/7. And for weeks at a time.

In the beginning, Jai left most decisions about what we’d carry on board — barring our personal clothing of course — to me.

Things as simple as which tea kettle, electric skillet or hot plate to use didn’t really fall into his wheelhouse, so I made those choices before we ever got our first truck assignment. Once we did get our truck though… things changed

After actually living in a truck with a co-driver (even if it is your husband – or wife) for weeks at a time puts many things into a very different perspective. And things you think will work …don’t.

I purchased a small electric kettle when we first started out that seemed a good choice. It was small and easy to use. But…. in the end, the old adage “you get what you pay for” came home to roost.

The element in the pot was aluminum and within a few months it was showing signs of burning, which means the amount of aluminum we were getting on a daily basis was most likely unacceptable.

On a visit to Sam’s Club we came across the DASH Electric Kettle (pictured above) that’s entirely stainless steel and  love it.

Sure, it’s a bit more expensive. Almost twice the price of the first kettle I bought. But the difference in quality is substantial and worth it.

The best price I have found so far, is online… at Amazon. Here’s the link:

I have come to see that every single choice we make regarding what’s on-board, is important.

Room is so limited that each item needs to have a good reason to be there. Get the best quality you can find because replacing something while on the road can turn into a big deal. When something critical goes offline, it can be a challenge to replace while roaming the countryside in a 72 foot long, 8.9 foot wide beasty.

So… Why a kettle?

The electric kettle has become one of my most favorite things on the truck.

It’s handy for so many things from

  • a hot cup of tea, coffee or well… anything hot to drink!
  • wash water for dishes, utensils etc.
  • And…

…the ultimate necessity on a truck…

THE BIRD BATH

Yes. At the end of a long day a hot cloth on my face is nearly… heaven! And Jai isn’t one to be left out. When I ask, “You want a hot cloth?” His answer is always “YES!”

And of course the “bird bath” for those days when grabbing a hot shower is practically impossible to do.

As a team we get a number of JIT loads. JIT stands for “just in time”.

Sometimes these loads end up back-to-back.

Hot running water is my favorite — but if it comes down to a choice between a small basin of hot water or no hot water at all… I’ll take the small basin, a clean wash cloth and a bar of soap. I am after all… a girlie girl!

Jai is no slouch when it comes to liking to be clean. He’s almost worse than me! And darling dear, I mean that in a good way 🙂

It’s important to put your best face forward each day – at least it is to me – and part of being professional, in my personal definition is – walking into a customer without the wreak of sweat and grime following along.

Keep your shiney side up!
Andrea

P.S. (edited March 4, 2014) — after several months of using this kettle now, I can only say… it’s delightful! The fact it’s stainless steel makes me feel a whole lot better about using it every single day. Even with all the vibration in the truck, it’s still trucking on. Sorry, I had to. So far… so good.



Andrea Steward

Andrea Steward

Before driving professionally for Con-Way Truckload, Andrea was (and still is) a musician/singer/artist/writer and serial entrepreneur. She has written and produced 5 albums (available on CD Baby). Now... she's driving in a husband/wife truck driving team and LOVIN' IT with passion. "Life in America depends on truckers... my Grandaddy did it for 45 years, it might be in my blood!" - Andrea
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Before driving professionally for Con-Way Truckload, Andrea was (and still is) a musician/singer/artist/writer and serial entrepreneur. She has written and produced 5 albums (available on CD Baby). Now... she's driving in a husband/wife truck driving team and LOVIN' IT with passion. "Life in America depends on truckers... my Grandaddy did it for 45 years, it might be in my blood!" - Andrea
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1 Comment on Big Truck Essentials: The Birdbath

  1. Hiya! I love your videos, thank you for doing them! Can you please tell me what the lavender soap is that you use? It sounds lovely and I’d like to try it. Thanks!

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