The One Question I Have Not Found Definitive Answer For

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David H.'s Comment
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What's really needed to be carried by drivers? Gloves,flashlight,atlas/GPS,any basic tools? stuff not provided by company I know stock up on fuses,oil,wipers coolant,washer child etc I wanna know what really needed I have to provide myself Do all trucks have CB's etc. What will make myjob easier on a daily basis?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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We've got some good resources for ya.

We have a list of articles tagged as Items To Pack

Here's an article written by a former trainer about Preparing For Company Training

We also have a bunch of forum conversations tagged Items to bring on the road.

That should give you a great start!

David H.'s Comment
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I have read the articles here and posts but most cover clothes and bedding. I actually wanting real necessities other then that. Like GPS or motor carrier atlas ( where do I get one), tire gauge,do I need night stick to check tires or use for leverage?, basic tool kit?do need my pocket knife?,do I buy load locks and lock kit? (I sawone company on here requires it), I know stock up on fuses, bulbs, oil, coolant, wipers, window cleaner etc at terminals but what else is needed?


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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Now wait a just rattled off a list of things needed and asked what's needed!


In the beginning you'll be teaming with a trainer and you really won't need much of anything other than clothes and bedding. For one, there won't be any room for anything. But of course your trainer will already have the stuff you guys need at the time. So don't pack more than like a good size duffel bag, maybe two at the most, for your time with a trainer.

Once you get out of training is when you'll want things like:

Rand McNally Motor Carriers Atlas

GPS of your choice

Very small toolset for minor things - your basic $20 set from Walmart of screwdrivers, adjustable wrench, pliers.....

CB Radio - not a requirement to some people but I think you're nuts not to have one

12 Volt Cooler for food

......that kind of stuff. But you won't need any of that until you go solo. It will mostly just be bedding and clothing during your time in training.

David H.'s Comment
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OK great just thinking ahead to start picking supplies when I can so I have when solo is all you know give list to family for possible birthday or Christmas gifts .things I need to research to see best on market vs if right size for truck storage space needed power needed etc. Not trying to put cart before horse just looking at future expenses and budget accordingly is all

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