How to Transport groceries in the back of a Truck


Transporting groceries safely in the back of a truck requires some organization such as not placing light items like toilet paper and toothpaste next to the tailgate of the truck bed or near the sides. The placement of grocery items is key to getting them home safely. It's dangerous and time-consuming to look in your rear view mirror only to see that some your grocery bags have been blown onto the freeway. Simple weight choices will ensure the safe arrival of all your groceries at your destination.

  • Sort out all your light grocery bags and place them all in the center of the truck bed right behind the cab. This strategy will keep the lighter bags where they're placed, as the wind will go straight over the top of the cab (and your light bags) and hit the end of the bed. Keeping the light bags in the center also guarantees they do not get blown out of the truck bed by a cross-wind or fall out of the truck as you make a turn.

  • Arrange the heavy bags all around the lighter bags (canned goods, the flour and sugar sacks and frozen food) can all be arranged in front of, and at the sides of the bags containing the lighter goods. Make certain that all bags are tied in a bow if they're plastic to prevent air getting to the goods, as the pressure can cause items to be blown out of the bag. Also if tied, items will stay in the grocery bags and not roll around the truck bed.

  • Try to keep your truck bed only two-thirds full, keeping the tailgate end clear, just in case it fails to stay closed around a turn. Never stack your groceries higher than the sides of your truck, as you stand the possibility of losing the goods when you make a turn or sharp curve. Living in a rainy climate calls for extra measures to keep your groceries dry in transit; a vinyl truck-bed cover is great for keeping moisture off your groceries.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try to keep paper goods stored behind the bench seat of your cab; there's nothing worse than soggy diapers or toilet paper before you've even gotten the groceries home.

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