Am I Overpacked? - Leave For Company Sponsored Training Tomorrow

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Eugene K.'s Comment
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Merry Christmas everyone! I leave tomorrow in my rental car for company-sponsored training at Wilson Logistics (I start on Monday, December 28).

Everything I have packed in my soft-sided duffel bag meets the suggested guidelines from the company, but the bag appears ABSURDLY huge when full. I know that space will be extremely limited when in my trainer's truck, so I want to make sure the first thing I hear is "yeah, that's not gonna fit." My intake processor has said the bag can simply go in the passenger seat while sleeping, but I recall seeing several times on the forums here that it may have to bunk with me. Any suggestions on if anything can go, or as usual, am I simply overthinking this? Here's what I have packed:

- Vital documents (original birth certificate, SS card, CDL permit, passport in case of border crossings, DOT medical certificate plus long form, etc.) - 10 pairs of socks, underwear, and T-shirts (packing list recommended 7-10 changes of clothes) - 2 pairs of pants in addition to what I'll be wearing upon arrival - One heavy sweatshirt; one light zip-up hoodie - Slip-resistant work boots, work gloves, and winter hat (I'll be wearing my winter coat when I arrive, so that's not packed) - Bedsheets (bottom and top layer; these take up the most space in the bag). This does not include my sleeping bag for the top layer plus pillow, which will be carried separately. - Toiletries, shower caddy, mesh laundry bag - MacBook Air and charger (thin and lightweight) - Writing materials

This doesn't seem like a lot when written out, but the duffel bag just looks massive when fully packed. (Again, the pillow and sleeping bag for top layer will be carried outside the bag within the straps.) I'm probably overthinking this like I have been about sleep, but I understand it's probably better to show up without something I need that can be easily and cheaply purchased at the terminal , than to show up with too much and have no place to store it.



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.


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.


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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

PackRat's Comment
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Bank account # and routing # for paycheck direct deposit.

RealDiehl's Comment
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You will be fine IMO. When you and your trainer are up front while you are driving, the duffel bag can go anywhere in the back. When you're sleeping you can stow it on the passenger seat.

I assume Wilson trains similarly to Prime... When you are in the team driving portion the upper bunk will not be in use. You can keep it SECURED up there. Might I suggest bringing a back pack too? You can keep things you need everyday access to like toiletries. It also makes it easier to throw a change of clothes in there when you go get a shower. Rather than lugging a huge bag around with you.

When I have a student, it is not the big bulky stuff that concerns me. It's the little, cluttery things being left around the truck that I don't like. One student brought 3 pairs of sunglasses on board and put them in the overhead driver compartment. Big no-no. He also had two travel cups (one for cold, one for hot) that he plopped right into the cup holders and left there even when he wasn't driving.

Just be courteous enough to keep your personal items out of the way when you aren't driving and things will be fine. Good luck to you during your training!!!

RealDiehl's Comment
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I forgot to mention... if you are not flatbedding you will not need work boots. I used to have boots on the truck. I took them off it bc I never used them. That may save you some space. I also used to have a laptop on board. Took that off too bc I never really used it.

Eugene K.'s Comment
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Thanks guys! RealDiehl, forgot to clarify that they are not "work boots" per se, but Wilson does require slip resistant shoes, and they do inspect the soles. They also reimburse up to $50 if you need to purchase them before training, so I'm bringing the receipt.

PackRat, why would I need to bring that info as if I expect to be PAID? I'm VOLUNTEERING, for the sheer love of the open road!! lol

RealDiehl's Comment
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"Thanks guys! RealDiehl, forgot to clarify that they are not "work boots" per se, but Wilson does require slip resistant shoes..." 👍👍

"... I'm VOLUNTEERING, for the sheer love of the open road!! lol"


PackRat's Comment
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Some days it's akin to being a volunteer.

Rubber Duck's Comment
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If you can sleep with it on your bed then it fits. All of your stuff should be on your bed at all times while on the truck with your trainer. That is the only space you should count on. The truck is far to small to have a giant man purse slitting next to your driver or passenger seat. You also shouldn’t expect to have a lunch box on the floor either. Of course you can do what you can get away with but I imagine it would be annoying having to step around someone’s crap all day.

Jammer a's Comment
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I keep work boots because they are water proof for winter conditions but I where tennis shoes mostly

I forgot to mention... if you are not flatbedding you will not need work boots. I used to have boots on the truck. I took them off it bc I never used them. That may save you some space. I also used to have a laptop on board. Took that off too bc I never really used it.

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