Six Fun Activities for Truckers While Waiting for Your Next Load


Being a trucker comes with its fair share of downtime, especially when waiting for your next pickup load. Instead of twiddling your thumbs and counting down the minutes, why not make the most of this time and have some fun? From dancing to eating out to resting at our on-campus hotel, there are plenty of activities you can enjoy while waiting. Today’s post aims to introduce you to six fun activities truckers can do to pass the time and make the most of their breaks.

1. Dance the Stress Away

One great way to pass the time while waiting for your next load is to line-dance it out! Put on your favorite cowboy boots and bust a move right there in the Ponderosa Lounge. Not only will dancing help you relax and de-stress, but it will also keep you active and entertained. Plus, you never know who might join in and make it a new connection!

2. Explore Our Eateries

Another fun activity for truckers during breaks is to explore our Jake Brake DeliMoe’s Deli, and The Cascade Grill. Take a walk around the campus and see what different foods we have to offer. Treat yourself to a delicious meal or snack that you wouldn’t normally have on the road, like our fudge at Fudge-N-Truckin. Not only will this allow you to experience the local flavor, but it will also break up the monotony of convenience store food.

3. Catch up on Rest

Truckers often have long hours on the road, so it’s important to make the most of any opportunity to rest and recharge. While waiting for your next haul, consider checking into The Portlander Inn for a hot shower and overnight stay. Use this time to catch up on sleep, take a refreshing shower, and relax in a comfortable bed. A little rest and relaxation can go a long way in keeping you alert and energized for the next leg of your journey.

4. Explore the Surrounding Area

Use your breaks as an opportunity to explore the surrounding area and take in the sights. Whether it’s Delta Park, Hayden Island, or Multnomah Falls, take some time to stretch your legs and enjoy the beauty of your surroundings. You might discover hidden gems or interesting landmarks that you wouldn’t have found otherwise. Plus, getting some fresh air and sunshine can do wonders for your mood and overall well-being.

5. Connect with Other Truckers

Trucking can be a lonely profession, but it doesn’t have to be. Take advantage of your refueling breaks to connect with other truckers and build a sense of community on the road. Strike up a conversation with fellow drivers at The Ponderosa Lounge to connect with others in the industry. You may find camaraderie, support, and valuable insights from truckers who understand the challenges and joys of the job.

6. Plan Your Next Adventure

Lastly, use your downtime during refueling breaks to plan your next adventure or explore new routes and destinations. Research interesting places to visit, unique attractions to see, and exciting events to attend along your route. Make a bucket list of must-see spots or dream destinations you’d like to explore in the future. Planning your next adventure can give you something to look forward to and keep you motivated on the road.

While waiting for your next truck load, there are countless ways to make the most of your downtime and have some fun. Whether it’s dancing, eating out, resting at a hotel, exploring the area, connecting with other truckers, or planning your next adventure, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained and engaged. So next time you find yourself with some extra time on your hands, try out one of these fun activities and make the most of your breaks on the road.

Visit our Jubitz Truck Stop today and discover the amazing attractions and activities you can engage in.