Driver Heading For Our Finisher- Absolute Needs/supplies For Training

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Alycia & Melvin's Comment
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Hi everyone! First off, thanks for all the help and knowledge found on this site. My hubby and I graduated crowder, and will be heading out with our CFI finishers as shortly after Christmas. (We hope!) We do not want to over pack. Basic needs- besides sleeping bag, pillow, heavy coat, gloves. Any advice is very much appreciated. Once again, thank you, you guys and gals are amazing.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Congratulations. You will need shoes/boots for rain, snow and mud. My current trainee has one pair of boots for everything. I had one pair of sneakers and one pair of work boots on my trainer's truck. One good sized duffle bag for all of your clothes and something for a shower bag. Expect to have all your stuff on the top bunk with you. Sun glasses, phone charger and cables, a note book, pens, enough clothes for 7 to 10 days, extra underwear and socks, a laundry bag, pod type laundry detergent and dryer sheets, hygiene items, some food that doesn't need refrigeration (not all trainers have any), any prescription meds you take, baby wipes, and a great attitude.

You will do all the driving and eventually all the work. If you are going home after orientation, CFI should give you the phone numbers for your trainers. Question them. For example, I have a microwave and plug in cooler that my students are welcome to share. I ran an extention cord with a three outlet adapter to the top bunk so he has power there. I hope this helps. Good luck. I'm happy to help any way I can. Welcome to the CFI family.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Bring a pair of chemical resistant type gloves to wear while fueling. Keep them in the drivers side compartment unless you and your trainer love the fragrance of diesel fuel. Bring some mints or something so bad breath is not a problem.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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I meant to mention gloves. For winter I have a cheep pair of gloves. They are leather on the outside and lined with gremlin fur for insulation. I use these for fueling and anything outside the truck. I got these last year as a two pack for about $15 in a truck stop, I'm still using the first pair. I keep them on the floor next to my seat where they stay warmer than the side box. I have a lightweight pair for the summer. I'll take a picture later.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Just went over your post again. In addition to winter clothes also take some for warm weather. We go to all lower 48 states. You could be in sunny Florida one day and a couple of days later someplace else freezing your butt off. We are in Indiana today, heading to a pick up in Illinois to take to Pennsylvania. It is currently 28 degrees out here. In the past week, we have driven through sun, rain and snow.

Alycia & Melvin's Comment
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Thanks so much guys! We are nervous but excited to finally be close to this stage. Anything else you think of let us know please! Thank you again!

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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You will do great. Alycia, don't forget your feminine items. I don't know if you two have contacted me yet, I am happy to help you.

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