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Truck Tool Box Basic Checklist

Find out what you should keep in your truck tool box.

One of the best perks of owning a truck is the extra storage space. This is especially true when you have a truck tool box. But what tools and supplies should you keep in your truck tool box? There are basic supplies and tools every truck tool box should be equipped with. Depending on where you live or where you’re traveling to, you may need some weather-specific supplies, too. With help from Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can stock your truck tool box with the right tools.

What to Keep in Your Truck Tool Box
From hand tools to winter weather essentials, you can find everything you need for your truck tool box at Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Basic Supplies

There are some basic supplies that you should carry in your tool box.

  • Paper towels – For small messes and spills, paper towels provide a quick cleanup.
  • Cable ties – They’re great for securing stuff and can easily fit in your truck tool box.
  • Duct tape – They say duct tape can fix anything, and it’s a must for your tool box. Whether you need to hold together a broken headlight or patch a leaking hose, you’ll be happy you have duct tape in your truck tool box.

Basic Tools

It’s a tool box, so you’ll want to keep the basic tools in there, too. Depending on your occupation or the job, this list can vary. These are just some of the basics to keep in your truck tool box.

  • Wrenches – Depending on the job, you might need a wrench. Read through our wrench buying guide to get the right one for the job.
  • Pliers – Pliers can come in handy when you’re on the job or if you’re on the road.
  • Screwdrivers – Many jobs require a screwdriver. Read through our screwdriver beginner’s guide to learn about the different types of screwdrivers.
  • Hammers – If you’re working in home improvement, you’ll also want to keep a hammer in your truck tool box. Visit our hammer buying guide to choose the best one for the job.
  • Mechanic’s tool set – A mechanic’s tool set is typically equipped with ratchets, drive sockets, Allen wrenches and more to help you get back on the road.

Emergency Equipment

  • Emergency flare  If you end up in the ditch or you’re out in the middle of nowhere, an emergency flare is a quick way to get help’s attention.
  • First aid kit – It’s better to be prepared for minor injuries or even more serious ones. A first aid kit is must.
  • Jumper cables – Every vehicle should be equipped with jumper cables. You might need a jump, or need to help someone else jump their car.
  • Flashlight – Whether you’re changing a flat tire or jumping your car, a flashlight always come in handy.

Read through your car emergency kit must-haves for a complete list of what to keep in your vehicle. It’s better to take the time and be prepared than being stranded on the road.

Winter Weather Equipment

Winter weather can mean extra equipment in your truck tool box. Not only does the tool box keep everything in one place, but it also keeps it free from snow and ice. There are a few winter weather items to keep in your truck tool box.

  • Ice scraper – Every vehicle should have an ice scraper to clear off windows and your windshield.
  • Emergency shovel – Whether you need to dig yourself or a stranded motorist out of a ditch, a travel shovel will come in handy.
  • Tire chains – Tire chains can help you stop from sliding all over the snow and ice.
  • Tow strap – With a tow strap, you can help someone out of the ditch, or tow them when their car won’t start.

To learn more about truck accessories and driving a truck, visit our automotive blog.


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