Hello everyone and nice of you to visit our blog (again). There’s not much time left until the #ContiEuropeanRoadshow starts! So, I need to start thinking about what I’m going to pack in my suitcase. As far as that goes, I’m pretty easy-going, but there are a few little things I would not want to have to miss, even on the road. They simply bring me – and partly others – joy, which is why I want to tell you all about them in this post.
… the little things!
Even if I have to adapt my basic needs or amenities a bit to the circumstances on the road, I always keep small traditions. As I told you in my post Road-Routines: My Recipe for Success…, such things are possible with the right preparation. While I’m a low-maintenance guy, there are two things I can’t and don’t want to start the day: Just as my previous trucks needed diesel, I need coffee and cake. For that, I sometimes take on a longer search for a good baker in the early morning hours!
This is how I retain a minimum of comfort. And no one should have to go without a bed – and I don’t either when I’m on the road: I usually sleep in the bed integrated above the truck, as less conversion work is required than in the sleeping facility below. Depending on the client and the tour area, I sometimes also enjoy the privilege of being able to recharge my batteries in a hotel or even in my own bed. The rest is taken care of by the truckload of Redbull that provides me with additional energy on the road – in other words: I should be able to fly by now!
…the bigger picture!
The first impression is important. That’s why I attach great importance to a well-groomed appearance – for myself but also for my truck. All show and no substance? That’s not the case with me! Keeping everything neat and clean is very important, also when being on the road.
Especially when I work with big brands like Continental, a confident and well-groomed appearance becomes even more important. After all, I am representing a large company and not only myself. As I told you in my post Always on the road, but still at home… I take the responsibility that comes with this very seriously! In addition to cleanness and order, this also includes little things – for example, the coffee mug in the Conti design. The overall picture just has to fit for me.
Always on board: kindness!
I like it individual, just Ronny style. Inside the truck, however, I reach my limits. The machines I’ve driven so far have usually been replaced every three years. Yes, the haulage company Böhm always provides me with top equipment. That’s why I don’t go in for expensive modifications to the driver’s cab – as some professional drivers often do for thousands of euros. I can understand my colleagues, because the cab is a place of work and home at once. But for me, it’s just not necessary…
The result: There are actually only two personal items that I’ve always taken on board for years – regardless of who I’m traveling for or in which truck. One is a “Ruhrpott” scarf, which always reminds me of the openness and warmth of the people in the German Ruhr region. But I am also a fan of the soccer team “Borussia Dortmund”. In addition, I always have a loyal passenger by my side as a sympathy bearer: the saber-toothed squirrel Scrat from the Ice Age movies. It simply puts a smile on the face of everyone I meet on the road! I once saw the big stuffed animal at a booth at the open-air market in Bremen and bought it right away.
Ronny Nittmann and his side kick “Scrat” on the road. Photo: Continental
So, for me, it’s more the little things that can’t be missing on the road and make a big difference in the end! I am curious which little things I will also have on board during the #ContiEuropeanRoadshow. After all, it’s going all over Europe… I will definitely have my holy cake in the morning…
See you on the road,