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Items To Pack for  CDL Training School:

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Packing for trucking school is kind of like packing for a vacation. Many times CDL students may be given a checklist by the trucking company or school of what they should bring. You will function better and concentrate better on the schooling if you are comfortable and properly equipped. Always check with the school, first, but here are some helpful ideas:

  • Money and/or credit-debit card - Each company will have different policies on what they provide in terms of meals, etc., so it's a good idea to check with the company, and come prepared.

  • Food - In some cases, students will be staying in motel rooms during CDL school, some equipped with microwaves or kitchens. If possible, bringing some of your own food and snacks from home will help save students money.

  • Personal documents - Driver's license, Social Security Card, Birth Certificate.

  • Clothes - Generally about 7 changes of clothes, additional underwear and socks, along with items specific for the weather or conditions.

  • Sweatshirt and/or jacket, depending on where you attend school.

  • Pens, Pencils, spiral notebook Calculator..

         General classroom supplies.

  • Baby wipes (universally accepted as a "must-have" for truckers).

  • Personal care stuff, shower supplies, 2 towels.

  • Sleeping bag and pillow. Laundry supplies.

  • Quarters for washer and dryer.

  • Voided check for direct deposit.

  • Hat, sunglasses, work gloves.

  • Work boots, and another change of shoes.

  • CDL book & study materials 

Things NOT To Take To Trucking School:

  • Weapons, of any kind.

  • Drugs or alcohol, outside of approved,

       prescription medications.

  • Personal valuables, unless you've brought

       enough to share with the whole class.

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