Grab and Go

Initial IDM-1731 portable DVD player

Whether it’s to ease the hassle of slip seating, the daily task of finding a shower, or the transition from home to truck and back, portability is an important requirement for the products truckers use. Now is a good time to shop for portable items made for small spaces because many stores are stocked with stuff for college dorm rooms.

Handy Caddies
A basket or tote makes the perfect grab-and-go way to keep your toiletry essentials handy. The Dorm Caddy is expandable and constructed of durable, see-through nylon mesh with white grosgrain taping and a drainage hole in the bottom to prevent water buildup, $7.99 for a set of two from this site. The Interdesign Zia plastic basket, with four drainage holes in the bottom, comes in two sizes and five colors. The baskets have a metal carrying handle, and they’re stackable, $16.99 to $19.99 for a set of two. Or try a Jelly Travel Case for Her and Survival Kit for Him, which are large enough to hold all the essentials and are filled with Johnson & Johnson products, $12.99 each from Linens ‘n Things.

Entertainment to Go
Movies aren’t just for the theater or the home; bring them with you and make the off-duty hours fly by. Take the show on the road with the Initial IDM-1731 portable DVD player. It has a 7-inch display screen and a full-function remote control. It connects to the cigarette lighter and lets you watch movies, listen to MP3 CDs or review camcorder footage, all with anti-skip protection. The unit gets about 2.5 hours of video playback from the supplied rechargeable lithium battery. The DVD player sells for $139.99 from

Harmony in Motion
If you’re moving from home to truck a lot, your music or DVD collection probably gets scattered. Keep it all together with the portable DiscGear storage case with a carrying handle on top. As an added bonus, the storage case lets you find individual CDs easily. You can list your CDs on the title sheet and insert each into its corresponding numerical slot, then move the slider to the appropriate slot number, lift the cover and the disc is automatically retrieved. The case stores 80 discs in a minimum of space, $29.95 at

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Packed and Ready
Every over-the-road trucker needs a convenient way to transport his necessary clothes and/or paperwork. Try this chestnut brown three-way backpack from Amerileather, made of top-grain cowhide leather and fully lined. It has two side pockets with snap closures to keep your stuff where you put it, a zippered main compartment and an adjustable and detachable leather shoulder strap. You can carry the bag on your shoulder, like a briefcase, or on your back, like a traditional backpack. The bag sells for $54.99 at

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