Any Last Minute Advice.

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John D.'s Comment
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Heading out to school this weekend, any last minute advice on what to take and not take.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Take a great attitude, leave your ego at home.

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PackRat's Comment
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Probably be easier if you told us what you plan on packing, then we go from there.

John D.'s Comment
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Probably be easier if you told us what you plan on packing, then we go from there.

Clothes for about 10 days. 2 notebooks pens, pencils, caculater, road atlas, gloves, 2pairs of glasses and my nerd clip on sunshades (yes I'm that cool they clip on my glasses)😎. Plus my paperwork, idont have room for an ego in my bag or backpack.👍

PackRat's Comment
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Boots

Heavy jacket or a light coat

Shower shoes or sandals

Cell phone charger

Two towels

Pillow and a lightweight sleeping bag

You should have a calculator function on your phone, so I wouldn’t bring another one.

Duffel bags to put your stuff in. Easier to stow on the trainers truck.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I assume you are staying in a motel during training? If so, you don't need much. Bring some laundry detergent for the washing machine (hopefully there will be one), but if you have to go to a Laundromat, bring your own detergent. When you can wash your clothes during training, you can bring fewer clothes. Most companies will require oil resistant, steel toed work boots. They will probably give you a safety vest. Bring a good coffee thermos, or something similar, so you can stay awake during class. (Trust me, all the training courses teach really critical stuff, but it can get pretty boring. Falling asleep in class will not endear you to your instructor)

And bring your favorite stuffed animal. You will need comfort at nighty night time.

John D.'s Comment
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Boots

Heavy jacket or a light coat

Shower shoes or sandals

Cell phone charger

Two towels

Pillow and a lightweight sleeping bag

You should have a calculator function on your phone, so I wouldn’t bring another one.

Duffel bags to put your stuff in. Easier to stow on the trainers truck.

Got all that as well just forgot to say so.

John D.'s Comment
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I assume you are staying in a motel during training? If so, you don't need much. Bring some laundry detergent for the washing machine (hopefully there will be one), but if you have to go to a Laundromat, bring your own detergent. When you can wash your clothes during training, you can bring fewer clothes. Most companies will require oil resistant, steel toed work boots. They will probably give you a safety vest. Bring a good coffee thermos, or something similar, so you can stay awake during class. (Trust me, all the training courses teach really critical stuff, but it can get pretty boring. Falling asleep in class will not endear you to your instructor)

And bring your favorite stuffed animal. You will need comfort at nighty night time.

Didn't think about my thermos will have to grab that. I'll see if my granddaughter will let have one of her stuffed animals.🤔

Bruce K.'s Comment
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John, trust me on the coffee thing. If you are a coffee drinker, you don't want to rely on vending machine coffee at training centers. It is terrible, as you probably already know.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Here are some lists to help:

Items To Bring To CDL School, Training, and OTR

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.

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