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Bran009's Comment
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I know that questions about packing has been asked before, but I wanted to see what folks thought of my list. Any suggestions are welcome and also I'd like to know what size of duffle would work best? Thanks!

I also have this in PDF version. If it makes a difference I'm really going to try for Prime if possible, doing Refrigerated.

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Big T's Comment
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I would definitely recommend work boots. You never know if your going to be in a paved lot or a muddy meat plant lot.

I'm not a fan of sandals on a truck for similar reasons. You have to protect your feet out here. I would not want my feet exposed to the stuff that hits the ground out here.

For bag size I would try and stay with 28" soft duffle or smaller. Remember you will be sharing your bunk with your bag most likely.

What are frogg toggs?

I know that questions about packing has been asked before, but I wanted to see what folks thought of my list. Any suggestions are welcome and also I'd like to know what size of duffle would work best? Thanks!

I also have this in PDF version. If it makes a difference I'm really going to try for Prime if possible, doing Refrigerated.

0941386001525440670.jpg

PackRat's Comment
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Good starter list. I would add a coat. It's still snowing out here from Colorado, west to the Sierras and north to the Cascades.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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We have a rather exhaustive list right here:

Items To Bring To CDL School, Training, and OTR

You certainly wouldn't be able to bring everything on that list, but it's going to give you some ideas for sure.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

G-Town's Comment
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Sorry I find humor in the strangest things, especially the "self-deprecating" kind...

When I was in school I didn't shave, wore a skull cap all the time...don't have "good hair" like you, so shampoo is all that I needed.

I did shower though.

As a school list I think it's okay, expecting to stow all this gear on a trainers truck, you might want to reduce the quantity of some things. You will have access to laundry facilities at some point, even at the schools.

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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First off, I applaud the contribution. There are some great lists here on TT, and some companies provide a suggestion list on their website, as well. But I myself reviewed many lists just to be sure I was covering all of my bases. So, another list is just more ideas for more people. Very cool that you thought about others enough to share it.

Now, about that list...

I'm not yet experienced with going to trucking school or living in a traveling closet. But as an ultra-light hiker, I'd gotta say you certainly gave a shock to my system. Holy cow that's a lot of stuff!

I'm not one to tell another how their hygiene habits should be planned, but personally I might get mistaken for Al Queda when I get done with training. Just basic cleaning and health - I can worry about my appearance later after I'm carrying a CDL.

So, I'd certainly suggest maybe looking at that part of the list and seeing where you might be able to conserve some space/weight. Maybe lose the body spray, hair conditioner, shaving gel (use the lotion), baby powder, hair gel, and maybe some other foo-foo stuff.

Also, maybe dump the polo shirts and stick with just t-shirts for school and training. Maybe only one pair of sweats and one pair of shorts. I'd either choose only the sandals or only the tennis shoes - but just one for sure.

I like the comfort items, such as tylenol and pepto - way to plan ahead! Also see that you prefer a head lamp to a flashlight, also my personal choice.

I might suggest a hard case for your glasses. And truth be told, maybe an extra pair if they are prescription because from I understand, stuff happens out there on the road, and a spare is easier than trying to replace.

Finally, look at some of your stuff and see where you can find multi-use items to replace two or three things... From hiking/camping, I prefer to use Dr. Bronners soap when going out because it has multiple uses. Those unfamiliar with it are going to balk at what I say next, but... I can brush my teeth with it, wash my hair and body with it, and wash clothes with it - and it's concentrated, so it can all be done one small drop at a time.. There's a lot more that I like about it, but bottom line is that afew ounces of liquid replaces all sort of other wight and space I'd otherwise have to carry/stow.

Bottom line, schooling is going to be one thing (might or might not be space limited) but getting on a trainers truck... You are moving in to their condo, to share their space. It might be rude to show up with so much stuff that may not even get used.

Just thoughts from a newbie... Best of luck!

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Diver Driver's Comment
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Your list looks pretty good. Skip the sandals 1pr. of gloves for now YES on Frog Toggs

Get a sleeping bag. You don't want to be in the top bunk while truck is moving, and your trainer doesn't want you in his bunk, on his bedding. (You don't want to be in his either)

Since your in training, 1 pr of work boots/ shoes (non steel toe if going reefer) 1 pr. Tennis / walking shoes (Only if you have room in your bag)

You can skip the polo shirts, or cut back the T shirts (NO DEROGATORY / OFFENSIVE LOGOS. If you can't wear it to church....)

My trainer told me, "You can bring anything you want, your gonna have to sleep with it."

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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My trainer told me, "You can bring anything you want, your gonna have to sleep with it."

This should be in bold print at the
top of any packing list ever created!!!

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Bran009's Comment
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Thanks for the replies! I am thinking about cutting the Hygiene stuff a bit, some of it I'm keeping due to me being a big guy and not wanting to smell 😂. I had forgotten about Dr Bronners, bit prolly won't go that far and maybe just do a 3 in 1 body wash/ shampoo/ Condotioner. Only reason I was thinking a few polos is I don't want to look like a bum all the time. T shirts I mainly wear nerd logo shirts, so they should be fine.

For those that don't know, Frogg Toggs are rain pants and jacket that are pretty light weight and pack smallish.

The powder is for chaffing..in areas...lol but I can maybe to travel sized or body glide.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jeremy C.'s Comment
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T shirts I mainly wear nerd logo shirts, so they should be fine.

Yes!!! My kinda fashion!!!

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