Four must-have tools for any truck owner

Keep these with you for life’s inevitable curveballs.

truck and campsite in desert
Gear to keep on truckin'.Mark Fuller via Unsplash

What we keep in our vehicles is a personal choice, certainly. Maybe you keep some cash, a few emergency maps, and a multitool. Maybe you don’t even have a window scraper when winter hits. But every truck owner should have these items. They’ll get you out of most of your jams, and may even help a friend or stranger out of their tough spot.

Zune Lotoo Folding Shovel
Long-lasting high-carbon steel.Amazon

We could spend a few pages listing the reasons why you should have a compact folding shovel in your truck. This tool takes that handiness to the next level, with interchangeable heads that make it really like 23 survival tools in one. The high-carbon steel device is a tactical knife, an axe, a shovel, an emergency whistle, and more. It can break up ice and soil as well as help you cut, scale, hammer, and climb.

Rhino USA Recovery Tow Strap 3" x 30ft
Make sure you can get out of that ditch.Amazon

Every truck needs a tow strap. At some point in your truck-driving life, you will need to pull someone out of a snowbank, ditch, or stream, or someone will need to pull you out. Don’t depend on someone else having what you need. This one is made of poly/silk webbing creating one of the strongest, but also toughest straps out there. Bonus: It’s a small family company and comes with a lifetime warranty.

Duck Max Strength 240867 Duct Tape, 1-Pack 1.88 Inch x 35 Yard Black
It really does fix everything.Amazon

People joke that duct tape fixes basically everything for a reason. It’s not going to repair your tire or fix your transmission, but it will help you out of some tough situations. This Duck Tape has high tensile strength and aggressive rubber-based adhesive. Most days you won’t need it, but when you do, you’ll be glad it’s there.

Roadside Assistance Emergency Kit
Better to have it and not need it.Amazon

Trust us, someday you will be happy you have jumper cables, basic tools, gloves, reflective triangle, snow shovel, and tow ropes. This kit has all of those things and more. It’s compact for easy storage and has 142 pieces in it useful really for any vehicle. Don’t be the person who has to borrow tools on the side of the road. Be able to take care of yourself.