OTR Noobies packing guide

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by wc5b, Nov 10, 2007.

  1. wc5b

    wc5b Medium Load Member

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    Now that I am thinking of going over the road again, I am thinking of what I need to get ready to undertake another step in this career. Getting started in this career is very rewarding. Hopefully I can offer you a little advice on things not to forget to make it even more rewarding and less stressful. So.... Your out of school and reporting to your company. What do you need? You need everything that you will need when you hit your own truck. If you don't need all these things with your trainer, have them ready anyways and find out if the company has a place to store the excess until you get your own truck.
    • Change of clothes for at least two weeks or more. Expect to be out for an extended period of time to get you experience and miles as quick as possible. Don't expect to sit long enough to do laundry (at a non-peak time) very often. Maybe once while your out. Something to put your clothes in is helpful which is easy to carry some distance. Don't forget the detergent to go with it. It gets pretty pricey if you don't bring your own.
    • Toilet Kit of course. Try to do all your shopping for stuff like this at Walmart and not the first expensive truckstop you hit.
    • Spending cash! Don't expect that your trainer will be feeding you. Early trainee pay tends to be pretty small investments from your company until they know what your made of.
    • Applications for all major truckstop reward programs. Start collecting rewards at the fuel stops frequented by your company as soon as possible. It can save your 100s of dollars a year on meals and showers.
    • Direct Deposit account with a checking visa card. Getting paid by check or an ATM card that you have a limit on with-drawls just does not work in this market. Make sure you have access to your money the minute you get paid.
    • 3 Sets of gloves- 1 for dirty work, 1 for pulling grip, and 1 for warmth!
    • Latest "trucking" road atlas- do I have to explain?
    • No run pens- more then a few! They always get lost.
    • A sturdy log book holder with a calculator- That you can write against like a desk as much as possible. Also lots of places to put important numbers and other important paperwork.
    • Log books- If they don't provide them, along with the book of laws and hazmat info.
    • Generic seals- In case you need them. Just when you don't have them, you need one.
    • A Pad Lock- for the trailer. Don't forget it when you switch loads!
    • A Mallet or Heavy Hammer- to jar some pens loose in the trailer sometimes.
    • Entertainment- Books, CDs, Maybe a TV and videos, hobby related stuff, maybe computer. Just something to keep you busy and relax on the off hours.
    • CB radio and antennas if required- A lot of shippers and receivers use it for communication. Some like to pass the time chatting. Traffic reports. It just plain helps. It does not have to be expensive.
    • Bedding- And more then a sleeping bag. Rest is important. This is your new home away from home, not a camping trip. Bring sheets, a pillow, and a blanket.
    Any other good ideas drivers?
     
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    Hawker Bobtail Member

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    • Flashlight
    • Basic hand tools
    • Rubber gloves for fueling
    • White out pen (great for logbook errors)
    • Sunglasses
    • Coveralls (you never know when you may have to crawl under your truck)
    • Alarm Clock
     
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    wc5b Medium Load Member

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    All good stuff. Can't believe I forgot Alarm Clock.
     
  4. BubbaTrucker

    BubbaTrucker <strong>"Iam Hanging in there"</strong>

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    always remember to take your chargers for your cell and laptops if you take them with you ...
     
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    Great list. Will be adding a few things to my list now. One question - Generic Seals? They are for securing the trailer I presume.
     
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    white out in your log book is a no-no, you have to do the little railroad tracks over whatever line you messed up and then intial next to it.

    Satellite radio helps me stay awake late at night

    Truck stop directoy helps out sometimes when your looking for a parking spot and the truck stops you know of are full
     
  7. wc5b

    wc5b Medium Load Member

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    Yes, there is a rare occasion here and there that the shipper will not provide there own seal (something like a one way zip tie) and you will need to have them on hand (numbered for paperwork). This seems to be manly for reefer work, but many receivers require the use. Most companies have a pile somewhere, but all truckstops carry them pretty cheap. Just don't get stuck without them. Note however, this is not to LOCK the box! Its more like a tamper seal. You will also want a padlock to LOCK the box also.
     
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    pochop7 Light Load Member

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    I was just wondering on who you are going with once you graduate? FYI just because Were\ner is in Lakeland dosn't mean you will get good home time. They told me all the time they had no loads going to Florida.
     
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    Thanks wc5b for the info.
     
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    Hey pochop7, Right now planning on CRST, but am still considering options. Plan on calling CTL tomarrow.

    It is somewhat confusing. :dontknow:
     
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