Let’s face it, the life of a truck driver is hard work! From the countless hours behind the wheel to chaining up to watch the road close, not to mention the crazy “4 wheelers” going too fast then slamming on their breaks because they are not paying attention, trucking is HARD work! That’s why it’s so important to make the most of your home time. In this post, we will go over some of our favorite life hacks to make the most of yours!
How to Make the Most out of Your Home Time, Living the Life of a Truck Driver
Making Plans Ahead of Time
It’s probably every driver’s daydream to be on your couch doing nothing for a few days. You certainly earn your downtime. And as good as that can sound after putting a few thousand miles on the odometer, it’s essential not to lose sight of other priorities. Certainly, relax and take care of yourself, but by jotting down a few things you need to get done around the house, like yard work or laundry, you can make sure everything that needs to get done gets accomplished. Don’t forget to put time aside to take your kid to the park or take your spouse out for a date night.
When I first thought about time-saving services, I thought, “sounds expensive; I can’t tack that on top of my budget as well.” After researching and taking advantage of things like landscaping services and laundry services, I realized that they could be inexpensive, and it takes a lot off my plate. Ultimately this allows me to spend more time with my family doing things that I love. A great app I use for this is called Task Rabbit, where you can find someone for pretty much any task, at any price range, to come and help you out. Thus, allowing you to spend more time with your family or relaxing before you get back on the road.
With all the above mentioned, you may be thinking, what about my friends? Well, with crazy schedules comes the difficulty of nailing your friends down for an afternoon to hang. Your home time might be midway through the week when everyone else is working. But of course, there is an app for that! I like to use Meetup; it allows you to search for events happening around you and have groups for like-minded people. Say you love to fish but have no one to go with; well, Meetup has a group for you. You can safely meet people who share the same interests and coordinate a meetup to do some hobbies. This way, you can still get out and enjoy the things you love to do, no matter what day your home time may land on.
Meal Planning and Prepping
Meal planning and prepping can seem a little overwhelming, but with a little bit of preplanning, it can be a great way to save time and money while on the road.
The first step to successfully prepping is to decide on a menu of easy to prepare foods that can stay frozen up to 7 days and reheat quickly on the road. It is also a good idea to consider meals with similar ingredients such as spaghetti and tacos that both can be prepared with ground beef. These recipes with similar ingredients mean you can prepare ground beef in bulk, separate what you need for each meal, and season the meat accordingly. Viola, you’ve got yummy homemade tacos and spaghetti for the road!
Once you have a menu, you are ready to make a grocery list. With your list, it will be easy to shop at your favorite grocery store online and schedule delivery or pickup for when you will be home. This is a great way to save time because you won’t have to go aisle by aisle through the store. It is also a proven way to spend less money because you are only buying the food you need and not tempted to make impulse buys.
Schedule a time when you will be at home to prepare, cook, and package food in freezer containers. Enlist family or friends’ help to make an assembly line and enjoy time together while simplifying mealtime on the road.
Are you still overwhelmed with meal planning and prepping? This can be outsourced too! Companies like Prepp’d prepare and deliver healthy, nutritious meals that can be stored for up to one week and can be reheated in the microwave in only 2 minutes. If your time is better spent doing other activities while you are home, then this service can be a great alternative with the same benefits of saving time, money, and effort when you head back on the road.
All in all, it is certainly easy to fall into time-wasting habits and want to plant your butt on the couch all weekend after a grueling shift. But here at Super T, we like to make a special focus on family and mental health. We hope you have found some value in this blog post and incorporate some of these tips into your lives to help ease the stress of what you are going to do with your days off. Spend more time with your family. Take care of yourself.