List of Items to Pack and Carry to the USA

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List of Items to Pack and Carry to the USA

As most of you are travelling to the USA for the first time; hence, I would like to suggest to you all to carry Original Certificates, Passport (with VISA-Stamped), I-20, Ticket and money (both USD and INR) with you in your cabin luggage. Besides, you need to carry essential items like clothes, medicines (with a prescription), utensils and some necessary and some optional items in your check-in luggage. Therefore, I attempted to categorize these items as follows:

1. Official Documents

2. Medicines (with prescription)

3. Essential Items (You will need them once you arrive and so better to carry them) 4. Optional (you may buy it in the USA or from India)

5. Items to be purchased in the USA.

Before we go through the things, we need to buy, give special attentions to luggage bags (Check-in bags),

a) Should confirm to size and weight specified by your airline.

b) Should have TSA locks, which is mandatory for traveling to the USA.

1. Important Documents, Cash, and Traveler’s Cheques.

Please carry the following items with you in cabin luggage and must keep one copy of all the documents in your check-in luggage.

1. Passport with Visa Stamping. 2. I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility). 3. Admission letter.

4. Health Immunization Form. 5. Medical prescriptions. 6. Transcripts- original. 7. Degree certificate Original.

8. Affidavit of Financial Support and Bank Statements. 9. Mark-sheets Original.

10. SEVIS Fee (I-901) paid Receipt. 11. Admission/Offer Letter.

12. GRE + TOEFL score reports. 13. College leaving certificate.

14. International Driving license, if you have one.

15. Traveler’s cheques-Cash & Receipts (Not more than ($7,000). 16. Cash – Notes and Coins (Not more than $3,000).

17. Cash - Indian Currency (Not More than Rs. 7,500)

18. Photographs Photo – USA size (2” X 2”) and Indian Size (3.5 cms X 4.5 cms).

19. The contact information of International Student & Scholar Services office at school. 20. Birth Certificate.

Please carry Addresses of your Temporary Accommodation & Phone numbers Emergency Contact Person. Also, convert your sim to Intl. roaming or buy Matrix sim at the Airport.

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Stationery Items: This is for immediate need, if any, student to select required items.

Ball Pens-3 OHP Marker-1 Marker-1 Calculator Scientific Clutch Pencil with Lead-1 Eraser-2 Stapler with

pins Feviquick-3 Glue Stick-2 Long Book;100 pages-1 A4 Sheets-20 Key Chain-2 U-Pins -1 packet Small

Scissors-1 Small Ruler-1 Cello Tape-2 Highlighter-1 Good Quality Pen-1 Plastic Folder-2 Punch-Optional

1)

Medicines:

Keep following drugs and also prescription from registered medical practitioner with you.

Sr.No. Medicines Used for Qty

1 Cyclopam Abdominal cramps due to loose motion 2 Strips 2 Gelusil/Zinetac Antacid; Indigestion, Gastric Problems 4 Strips

3 Allergies Avil 25mg 1 Strip

4 Vomiting Avomine 1 Strip

5 Erythromycin Bacterial Infections 1 Strip

6 Dettol Cleaning wounds 1 Small

7 Soframycin Cuts, wounds ointment 1 Small

8 Nebasulf powder Dressing 1 Small

9 Band aid-wash proof Dressing 20 Strips

10 Cotton Dressing 2 Nos

11 Gauze Dressing 2 Nos

12 Ascoril Plus Expectorant Tablet for cough 2 Strips

13 Crocin Fever 4 Strips

14 Asprin/Disprin Fever, headaches, body aches 4 Strips 15 Electral/Glucose powder For fluid loss due to excess motions/vomiting Pouches 2 16 Vicks vaporub/Zandu Balm Headache, cold 2 Large 17 Karvol plus Inhalant to clear congestion 2 Strips 18 B-complex capsules Multivitamins 2 Bottles 19 Iodex/Moov Muscular pain/stiff neck 1 Bottle 20 Ibuprofen/Brufen/Nise/Combiflam Pain killer 4 Strips

21 Crepe Bandage Sprains 3-4 Nos

22 Pudin hara pearls Stomach ache/gases 4 Strips 23 Flagyl/ Lomotil To stop loose motions 2 Strips 2) Essential Items: Essential items include Wardrobe/Dressing/Clothes, Toiletries /

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a) Wardrobe/Dressing/Clothes: Keep in mind two things jeans and other casual

wear is cheaper in the USA, whereas formals, glares, glasses, leather goods is costly.

S.No. Items Qty

1 Winter/Leather Jacket 1 2 Denim or other type of Jacket 1

3 Gloves 1 pair 4 Mufflers / Scarves 1 5 Woolen Sweaters 1-2 6 T-shirts 6-8 7 Jeans 4-5 8 Formal Shirt 2 9 Formal Trousers 2 10 Ties 2 11 Suit 1 12 Swimming Trunk 1 13 Baseball Cap 1-2

14 Woolen Beanies/Monkey Cap 1-2 15 Formal wear for Ladies 1-2

16 Casual Shirts 3-4 17 Chinos 1-2 18 Capris 1-2 19 Undergarments 12 pairs 20 Thermal Wear 1

21 Ankle length socks 3-4

22 Formal Socks 2-3 23 Nightwear 4 24 Traditional Wear 1 25 Formal Shoes 1 26 Sneakers 1 pair 27 Floaters 1 pair 28 Chappals /Sandals 1 pair 29 Belts 2

30 Track Suit +Shorts 2+2

31 Glares 1-2

32 Watch 1-2

33 Handkerchiefs 12

34 Good Umbrella 1

35 Leather Wallet 1

36 Leather Wallet for Passport 1 37 Bag Lock with small rope / chain, available in market 1

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b) Toiletries / Personal Hygiene/Personal Grooming: Keep this minimum may be

for a week or so, once you get time to go to the mall, you can buy from there.

S.No. Items Qty

1 Towels (any kind, Turkish Or Tunisian) 2

2 Hand towels-Large 2-3

3 Hand towels-Small 2-3

4 Tooth Paste 1 Small

5 Tooth Brush 2-3

6 Razor and Blade 1+1

7 Scissor 1

8 Nail Clipper 1

9 Shampoo 5-6 Small Sachet

10 Soap 1-2 Small

11 Shaving Foam 1 Small

12 Cold Cream 1 Small

13 Lip Balm 1 Small

14 Vaseline 1 Small

15 Combs/Hair Brush 1-2

16 Deodorant 1

17 Earbuds 1 small Packet

18 Hair Oil 1 Small

19 Sunscreen 1 Small

20 Electric Shaver & Hair Clipper (Optional, it is cheap in the USA) 1+1

21 Dust Bin Bags – Large 2-3 bags

22 Mirror (Optional) 1

Girls can add-up to list for their personal hygiene & make-up requirements. c) Bedding:

S.No. Items Qty

1 Bed Sheets 2 Double Bed 2 Pilow Covers 2 Pairs

3 Blanket 1

4 Dohar/Comforter/Rajai 1 5 Covering sheet or Chadar 1-2 6 Cotton Pilow (Optional) 1 d) Electronics: Do not bring much, bring essential only.

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S.No. Items Qty

1 External HDD - 500 GB Min 1

2 Pen Drives - 16 GB 2-3

3 USB keyboard and mouse (Optional) 1

4 Laptop 1

5 IPod/MP3 player (optional) 1 6 Digital SLR Camera (Optional) 1

7 Headphone with Mic 1

8 Branded Spike-Buster (Optional) 1 9 Indian pin to the US pin converters 3-4

3) Optional Items: Listed items are optional, one may decide to buy in India or buy in the USA, still, I feel list I have provided minimum articles and should meet your

requirement before you go to some malls for buying articles. S.No. Items - Utensils Qty

1 Everyday milk powder sachets 10-12 Sachets 2 Sauce Pan for Boiling water 1 3 Sugar Cubes 20-30 Cubes

4 Mug 1 5 Melamine Plate-Full 1 6 Melamine Plate-Quarter 1 7 Melamine Bowl 1 8 Knives 2 9 SS Spoons 2 10 SS Forks 2

11 Tea Bags 10-15 bags

12 SS glass 1

13 Chapatti roller pin 1

Food Items: Avoid taking any liquid in food items, there are multiple cuisine choices available; especially, try food trucks till you buy necessary food items in the USA.

S.No. Items Qty

1 Some home-made sweets. 30-40 Pcs

2 Pickles 4 bottles

3 Snack & Eatables - to survive at least for a day Sufficient for 2-3 days 4 All powders - chili, garam masala, rasam, sambar, asafetida, etc. 100 Gms

Each

5 Salt 100 Gms

6 Papads 1 Packet

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5. What to buy in the USA: This is your first task, go to Walmart or some mall and buy

essential items you did not carry with you from India. This is an interim list, just to make you aware what you may require to buy, but you are ultimate authority to decide upon what to buy.

S.No. Items Qty

1 Electric Iron 1 2 Frying Pans 2 3 Sauce Pans 2 4 Pressure Cooker 1 5 Tawa 1 6 Kadai or Wok 2 7 Dinner Set 1 8 Glasses 6 9 Spoons 6 10 Forks 6 11 Laddles 2 12 Stirrer 1 13 Spatula 2 14 Serving/Basting spoon 3 15 Slotted Spoon 1

16 Dust bin Bags 1 Packet

17 Dish washing soap/Gel 1

18 Scrubber 1

19 Dust Bin 1

20 Water Bottles 12

21 Food Items such as, rice, dals, cooking oil, ghee, wheat flour, veggies, salt, pepper, chili powder, turmeric powder, etc.

as per your choice

22 Bicycle (Optional) 1

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