Before he left, my husband and I were arguing about things I should pack for the road. He thought I was being obsessively neat and organized and over-packing. Now he is super-grateful at the way it was done. So far, he hasn't said there was anything he would have skipped.
He did mention that he wished he had another book or two (in case there ever is any down time) and, since he missed the food-run shuttle, some more snacks. And maybe a couple more t-shirts, because it was hot and he was nervous...I packed 10, and he already had to do laundry by the 3rd day of school! The only thing is that the lockers are really small, so you just have to fit in anything valuable and sort of take your chances with the rest of your stuff. I say if someone wants to steal his old socks and undies, let 'em have it!
I still have (my copy of) the list of what he took (which we went over numerous times, checking things off as we packed them). That's right, I have a little OCD. He went by bus and there were weight restrictions on the luggage (One 25 lb carry-on, one 50-lb checked bag and a Sleeping Bag/Pillow which he carried on separately), so we kept weighing it by jumping on the bathroom scale. Here is what he took:
Money and Documents:
School and Staying Organized:
* I packed anything that could spill or would be getting wet in ziploc baggies (used 3 different sizes) + put in some extras for later...they're so useful. I also stuck in a couple of empty plastic bags for garbage or whatever.
Laundry chores will be easier if you choose simple clothing that's all dark (black, blue, etc.) so you can wash it all together. Or, for those like my nutty husband who will only wear white socks and tightie-whities...pack a few white shirts so you have something to wash them with. Or you will have some very ugly, sort of grayish-dirty looking whites.
I also packed a change of socks/shirt in a plastic bag in the carry-on, in case he got sweaty during the 32-hour bus ride. They stopped every hour to smoke, but never to shower!
And I packed him a bunch of Snacks in the carry-on:
It sounds like a lot but it all fit nicely (I'm a good packer). And he's been so glad he's got things that other guys have complained about not having. A word of caution: bring valuables, such as a laptop computer or digital camera, at your own risk. They do get stolen if you don't watch them carefully!
Note: This was too much to bring with the trainer, so he was able to lock up the excess at the school when he was out on the road. He took just absolute necessities with him in the carry-on bag.
A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:
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.
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.
Driving While Intoxicated
Operating While Intoxicated
When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.
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