What Do You Wish You Had Brought With You?

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Jeremy C.'s Comment
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So, today I'm trying to help with funeral arrangements for my father-in-law when my company recruiter calls me out of the blue. We chat for a second, he's just making sure I'm still ready to head out this weekend, asks if I have any questions for him today, and I tell him I'll get back to him later this week. It's a pretty tough week to arrange my last minute plans for training. I think I'm ready to go, keep going over my checklist's, etc. But...

I've made my packing list based on advice from here, suggestions from the company's website, and simple personal needs/preferences. And I'm sure I'll think of something once I'm there that I wish I had brought.

So, I'm curious, for anybody that left home and went to stay somewhere away from home for CDL training, is there anything you realized you forgot or after a few days wish you had brought with you?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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Whatever u forget you can buy.

Retired Army (soon)'s Comment
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Jeremy

I have been consistently out and about for military related trips, and I don't always do it, but I tend to forget and extra charger for my phone or the cigarette charger (USB) for when I am in the vehicle. Now mind you, I don't know setups in the trucks. Those only cost a few bucks, but when you have to many, it always makes it painful to buy another...and I have forgotten them in rental cars before too, lol....

best of luck, I look forward to your diary, and I wish you family the best during this hard time.

Chris

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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Jeremy...I have been in your shoes, we all have. More questions than answers and counting the seconds until game day. Anxious moments for some, absolutely nerve racking for others.

Try not to sweat the small stuff. You have a list, and it's likely been checked many times. Have some trust in yourself. If you forget something, Walmart is usually a short Uber ride. No worries.

Good luck!

PackRat's Comment
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Don't forget your pillow.

Retired Army (soon)'s Comment
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I saw a reply from PackRat, and was expecting some long laundry list lol....I have to admit I was slightly disappointed lol....

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Thank you for all of the replies!

@Rainy: Yes, Ma'am. I used Google maps to find all the stores around the training area in case I have to do just that.

@Retired Army: Thank you, sir! And I just texted my wife and asked her to grab an adapter for the lighter plug on her way home. Got one in the truck, but that usually stays there for both of us. Didn't think to bring one with me!

@G-Town: Yes, sir, I seem to be more anxious over this than I can remember being over anything else for a long time now. But I've gotten most of my advice from right here at TT, so I suppose I should have more faith in that. But this is a really big deal for me right now, and there's quite a bit riding on this part of the journey, so trusting myself seems tantamount to being complacent. But I'll certainly give it a try!

@PackRat: When out hiking/camping, I usually use my pack for this. So, I'm hoping my duffel bag will work for this. If not... Guess I'll be shopping at Wally World. (And, yeah, Chris is right... With a name like PackRat, I was expecting to download a PDF file from you, lol.) rofl-1.gif

G-Town's Comment
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Jeremy, have some level of satisfaction (just short of comfort) that many newbies, for whatever reason are unable to focus on this the way you have, and the way it's required. I know you may not believe it but, you already have that battle won. Complacent; you are clearly not.

Eye on the prize...lock-on "that" as your target and all this other stuff will seem trivial.

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Eye on the prize...lock-on "that" as your target and all this other stuff will seem trivial.

Yes, sir. Big picture. I'm willing to bet that by this time next week I'll be smiling far too much to worry so much!

As usual, you're really good at keeping people grounded. If you ever tire of trucking you should consider hostage negotiation or marriage counseling (those are similar, right?) Thanks, G-Town!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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rofl-3.gif Thanks. Don't lose your sense of humor. You'll need it...

...this is my second career. If you only knew.

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