What Do I Need To Pack When I Go To Prime Trucking School

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Adam P.'s Comment
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Hi, I plan to go to Prime Trucking School in a few weeks. I would like to hear from anyone that has been thru Prime Time, as far as what do I need to pack?? Will I be able to carry enough clothes to get by for a few weeks? Or once I am out with a trainer , Will I be able to wash my clothes once in a while and take a shower?? Would I be able to take my laptop and smartphone with me so I can talk to my wife back home? I have thought about taking a duffel for my clothes and a small footlocker for my laptop and some oatmeal, and cereal for my life on the road. Would there be any room in the trainers truck for that stuff or would I have to wait till I am done with all of my training to get my own rig and carry extra food??? Thanks for any help.. Adam cannonball19762@aol.com

Free Spirit ( AKA #Hashta's Comment
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Hi Adam....Welcome to TT and Congrats on going to Prime! You will get some great advice here! The most important is make sure you have all of your correct documents with you. Ernie, an employee and trainer, will tell you they are very particular about A CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH as to a Birth Certificate. Make sure you have told the complete honest truth about yourself and past...including any blemishes on your driving and criminal history. Make sure your BLOOD PRESSURE is good....they will send you home ASAP if you fail. You have to remember that you are "sharing someone's space" so take just enough to get by with. Jeff was told by the recruiter to bring enough clothes for two weeks....that was too much. The only time he had for a laptop was while he was in his room and needed a break from studying. Take your phone, but in reality you will have limited time to talk during your 1st phase of training because you will be busy concentrating and learning from your instructor. I recommend downloading life360 on your smartphone, so when you do not have time to talk, she can at least have a little peace of mind to know you are ok. Showers and laundry....I'm sure, but it also depends on your trainer and his schedule, take baby wipes for the "in between" showers. As far as food, that will be something to discuss with your instructor, he/she will let you know what you can bring.

You will get a lot of good advice from everyone here...I hope this helped you out for starters. Once Ernie sees this post, I'm sure he will chime in and let you know more.

One more thing....Make sure you visit High Road Training Program. This will help you get through school easier! And keep reading through this site, I'm know you will find answers to a lot of questions you may have!!

#GoodLuck #HaveFun!!


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Starcar's Comment
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Items To Pack

This will help !!!!!

Keep us posted on how you are doing !!

Ray F. (aka. Mongo)'s Comment
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Adam I am headed to Prime on monday. Your recruiter should have sent you a list of what to take with you. Other than my paperwork and learners permit. this is what I am going to take. 1 duffle bag 10 pairs socks 10 pair underwear 7 shirts 4 pairs of jeans shaving kit sleeping bag pillow i pair each work boots/ tennis shoes/ shower shoes

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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So far everyone has given about the same information that I would normally (gee, I guess I am not needed anymore).

Seriously, the things that have been mentioned will do just fine. Also remember, whatever you bring you will have to sleep with. What I mean by that is you will more than likely have to keep it on your bunk (top bunk at that).

Anything else, let me know. I will do my best to help if I can.


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