Complete List of Things to Carry to USA For Students (with Checklist)

I have a created list of things to carry to the USA for students (F1, J1 and M Visa) who are traveling for the first time.

I have been here in the United States for over 13 years, and had traveled several times from the U.S. to India and from India back here. Not to mentions my visit to 41 U.S. states and 6 countries in Europe.

In our recent trip to India (and back to USA), we took 8 suitcases, one stroller, and 3 carry-on bags. I used my experience over the years to create this list of things for students flying to USA.

I did researched on the list of items to carry from different Indian Students Associations’ websites, but it’s not updated to clearly say what things to buy in the U.S. and while still preparing in India.

If you have specific questions about items not listed here, write a comment in this article and I will update the list.

List of Items to Pack to USA


Jeans 4 India
T-Shirts 10+ India
Shirt – Casual 4 India I like T-shirts more than shirts. So, less number of shirts.
Shirt – Formal 2 India
Coat and Suit – Formal 1 India Coat and Suit are expensive in the U.S. compared to India
Shorts/ 3/4ths 5 India
Pants 4 India I don’t like to wear pants. I will go with Jeans
Belts 2 India Leather is expensive in the U.S.
Formal Shoes 1 Pair India
Winter Wear U.S. Don’t buy winter wear in India. Sweater, Jackets, etc. are cheap when on sale.
Leather Jacket Prefer winter jacket over leather. Jackets – $20 to $75
Sports Shoes +  Socks
1 Pair + few more U.S. Nike, Adidas, Rebook…are cheap. I got Adidas for $18; Socks are very cheap.
Sandals 1 Pair India It’s cheap here, but you will need it when you reach here.
Wallet 1 India Get a new one before you travel
Personal Care
Hangers No U.S. Don’t water your suitcase weight carrying hangers. You can get 13 Hangers for $1 from Walmart
Tooth Brush 2 India
Shaving Kit 1 India Bring what you are using now
After Shave 1 India Bring what you are using now, if not buy when you arrive
Soap 1 U.S. One soap to use in the first few days.
Wash Detergent U.S. Please don’t carry detergents from India. You are wasting your space/weight.
Combs 1 or 2 India
Hair Oil 50 to 200ml India Pack it well, so it doesn’t leak.
Nail cutter 1 India Pack in Check-In Bag
Small scissors 1 India Pack in Check-In Bag
Safety pins, Sewing kit No I had never used it nor did my friends.
Shampoo No USA Get it in the U.S. Avoid any cosmetics product. They’re cheap there and saves weight.
Towels 2-3 India 1 – Thick cotton towels. 2 towels light in weight.
Napkin/Hand Kerchiefs 6-10 India Depending on your need.
Perfume – Deodorant
1 India You can get it here for cheap after you run out.
Tooth Paste 1 India Get small one. Same brands (Colgate, Close-up, etc.) are available, but have different taste.
Mirror Yes India You can carry a small mirror.
Razor Blades Few USA Shaving kit is cheap.
Blanket 2 India 1 – Bed Spread. Get Comforter or Plush blankets in the U.S. ($20)
Pillow U.S. Pillow costs $4 each at Walmart
Songs CD No You can download songs here, don’t add unnecessary additional weight.
Back Pack Yes India To carry books and on trips.
Alarm Clock Yes/No If you are bringing your cell phone, you will not need one.
Cell Phone Yes Cell Phone Buying Guide.
Pen, Pencil, Glue, Cello Tape Few Get some pen, pencil, highlighter, but you can find them in plenty here.
Calculator  No Scientific calculators look different in the U.S.
Pressure Cooker 1 (3 to 7 liters) India Don’t forget to bring pressure cooker, also get extra weight, valve.
Indian Masala/Spices India Try to get as much as possible. Masala items are available, but doesn’t give same taste as your mom’s cooking.
Rice, Dhal, etc. U.S. Don’t carry any rice or other dhal items. They’re available here in Indian stores.
Frying Pans You can get one or 2 pans that are light in weight. A set of pan costs $30.
Serrated Knife 1 US/India Knife isn’t cheap in the U.S. Get a small one.
Spoon, Fork U.S. Spoons, forks are cheap
Vegetable Cutting Board U.S. It’s additional weight.
Cups and Bowls U.S. Get one or 2 small bowls, but not many.
Plates U.S. Plates will be used in a microwave. You can bring 1 plate, but don’t bring more than one.
Peeler U.S.
Instant Food Packets (Noodles)
Few India Carry a few packets of instant food items, that will come in handy for your first few days until you get settled in your own apartment.
Elachi, Clove, Cinnamon, Few India Available in Indian grocery stores in the U.S.
Garam Masala Small pack India Available in Indian grocery store in the U.S.
Chilli Powder 1-2 kgs India Available in Indian grocery stores in the U.S.
Medical Files/Medicines
Fever/Cold Tablets 20 to 30 tablets India Tylenol for fever costs about $4. You can buy in any pharmacy or Walmart.
Eyeglasses/Contact Lens 2 Pairs India Eyeglasses are very expensive here. With an Eye Insurance, I paid $225 for one pair of eyeglasses. The same would have cost Rs4,000 in India. So if you do wear glasses, make sure you get at least 2 additional pairs.

Please don’t not pack the following items while flying to America. You will just be wasting your precious luggage space because you can readily get those things here.

  • Tamarind Paste
  • Glass (Big mirror)
  • Dal and Flours
  • Pencil Box
  • Ink Pen
  • Heavy Winter Jackets
  • Plain Rice
  • Lots of Books

USA Travel tips

USA Flight Baggage Allowance

The following will be the usual baggage allowance in flights to the U.S.A.

  • Two Suitcases for check-in. Each 50 lbs (or 23 kgs)
  • 1 Carry On Cabin Bag (8 kgs)
  • 1 Personal Item (Laptop Bag or Purse)

In certain airlines, students with I-20 visas are allowed to check-in 3 suitcases each weighing 23 kgs. It might be worth paying a bit extra in ticket cost if certain airlines allow 3 suitcases. So, check the baggage allowance and shop items as per allowed weight.

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  1. Please I’m a lady from Ghana and I’m traveling to USA for the first time, what are the personal belongings and clothing should I send with me.

    1. Sure why not. You would have to remove to at every security check. SO, take it with you in the carry-on and wear after entering.

  2. Hi thank you very much for this article. I have a few questions that I want to get answered from you.
    1. Can i bring external harddrive? Will they check the data in it at the airport?
    2. Should i bring my mobile phone or buy new one there? How can i buy a SIM card in USA?

    1. 1. CBP can check anything that you carry – Cel phone chats and contents of the drive. If you are worried about if they will *check* then probably you have something that could get you into trouble πŸ™‚
      2. If you have an existing phone, bring that. You don’t have to buy a new hardware.

  3. Do we need to carry some sort of plugs for charging as the points in US differ from that in India? Also what all preparations we need to do for currency, bank accounts , credit cards and driving license to make them valid in US

    1. You can get adapter for the plug point conversion.
      Carry some dollars, some Indian money ( no note value above 100) and use VISA credit card to access lounges in India, cheap food too at certain airport. Get Driving License after arriving. Normally , Indian license is valid for a year in the USA

  4. all have told or advice that need not carry rice as its aquire more space and easily available in Indian stores, but still can i carry rice along me as i the place where i go there is no Indian store

  5. Should I buy a laptop in India or in the U.S .I am planning to buy a Mac book. Please look to it and send me the reply as soon as u can!! Keep smiling guys!Cool:)!!

      1. Better quality ? really do you believe that? Say better customer service and warranty not quality it’s same throughout the world. If we buy here in US we can finance it i.e, downpayment and mostly payments, which would not be that easy in India

  6. You really make it appear so easy along with your presentation however I to find this topic to be really one
    thing which I feel I would by no means understand. It sort of feels too complex and very huge for me.
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  7. Hi Raghu,

    My bro sent an Tab from USA, but I forgot the password when I try to unlock it in outside they had installed some other android version, can Carry out that in Laptop along with 2 Mobiles.. I am not carrying any laptop I am just carrying my B1 Folder where I had attended at the time Interview…????

    1. There was an announcement that if your electronic devices can’t be powered on, it maybe not allowed. So, rad about it if it still applies.

  8. I am a B.E graduate and i am looking forward to do MS in the USA. I don’t have friends there so how can i manage to rent an apartment after reaching there i such short notice. Is there any Indian community or any group that helps the Indian students coming to the USA??

  9. Native US citizen here. Here is my advice on the list you posted:

    jeans : bring 4 with you, they are not cheap here.
    pants: bring at least 1 khaki or black pants, they are not cheap here and you can’t wear jeans everywhere.
    shorts: at least 2, again, not cheap.
    T-shirts: around 7, you can buy more here
    collared shirts/ polo shirts: 2 *may want to buy here, because shirts fashionable in India may not be fashionable here. though, if you just bring solid-color shirts they should be fine.
    Long-sleeved, button-up shirts: 2. best to bring solid color only- no pattern or stripes. *may want to buy here, because shirts fashionable in India may not be fashionable here.
    Suit and coat- 0. Yes they cost more here, but as a student, you won’t be going anywhere that would require formal dress. -unless you know someone here who is getting married. after you are here for a year or two, you can find a good deal on a suit, for job interviews.
    Belts – 2
    dress shoes- 1 pair, black
    sneakers- 2 pair adidas/reebok/nike. these will get dirty quickly, you can buy more here, later at a discount price.
    socks- 7 pairs. you can also buy cheap at walmart.
    underwear: 7. bring boxer short type or boxer brief type. if you don’t own these, buy them before you travel. don’t wear bikini-type or regular brief type. just trust me on this.
    if you need more, you can buy here.
    Winter coat: definitely buy it here. winter coats from India will not be warm enough for US winters, and will not be fashionable.
    DO NOT BRING: rice, daal, spices, or any kind of food. it is a waste of valuable luggage space and anything can be bought here. Go to an Indian grocery store here, they have anything you want. DO NOT bring a pressure cooker !! – its heavy and a waste of space. For sure, other Indians will have a pressure cooker and would let you use it, or you will find people cook together and share food alot. If you want your own, buy one on or at an Indian grocery store, or Walmart. DO NOT bring any pots/pans, for same reason. …DO NOT bring any knives!!! They are very cheap here! and if a knife is found in your luggage, you will have a hard time to go through πŸ™
    Everything like soap, shampoo, towels, deodorant, toothpaste, etc. is cheap to buy here.
    BRING from India: Glasses and contact lenses, and many extra!! Very expensive here..
    Medicines: If prescribed by a doctor, bring extra.. it may take some time to get refill of your medicine here. Any herbs or ayurvedic medicine, bring with you. You may be able to get these here, or not, depending on the area.
    DO NOT bring things like cold medicine, pain reliever, these are easily available and very cheap here.
    Do not bring pillows- waste of space. very cheap here.
    Blanket- 1 only, will be good enough, and u can buy later.Do not bring clothes hangers, as mentioned above.
    >>> Go to the store to buy the thing you need, as soon as possible after unpacking your stuff in your apartment.<<<>One more thing, if you are a girl, be very careful of the guys here. Do not go to a guy’s apartment alone. ..when you are outside of your room, Do not EVER leave your drink unattended. If you go to the bathroom, bring your drink with you.
    >> Guys, feel free to talk to girls, but don’t follow girls around. If you have a girl’s phone number, don’t call repeatedly. Allow her to answer your call in her own time. Do NOT assume that just because a girl goes on a date with you, that she would sleep with you. You may have heard stories about American girls, but you should not believe them to be true. If you are around a girl who is drunk, be a gentleman and watch out for her.

    1. Your comment is so useful. Can I have your email address to stay in touch. Really need some tips

  10. Hi Raghu,

    First of all heart full ” Thank You” for all the above answers / responses to the queries.

    My Bro and Vahi are travelling to US next month along with the Cute little princess, i have a query: ” Can they take the food for the little chap along with them ( Princess age: 3yrs). They are planning to go via British or Singapore Airlines.

    Suggestions please.

    Thank you in advance.

    1. ​We have travelled ​several tiems with our son and there will be extra check, with 3 year old, airline food will be also good, make sure they asked for specific food request.

      1. I have a Cusotmised PC which I plane to send it to my US apartment from here(Mumbai). It needs a 15A socket and it has a two-pin plug. Is it possible to bring all this there?

  11. Hi,

    I have a query regarding ayurvedic medicines. I need to carry a months supplies of ayurvedic as well as allopathic medicines to USA for asthmatic conditions. The allopathic medicines have the labels on them indicating the components. But my ayurvedic doctor gives medicines in tablet and powder form without any labels. How should I go about it?

    Also, is there any site which specifies which medicines are allowed in USA and which are not?

    Would really appreciate your advice.


  12. hi raguram.. i have a doubt, if i carry my laptop in my backpack along with my docs ,books… will it get add in the 7kg weight

  13. Hello Raghuram, you have such a great blog…I have read all the posts of your blog and it is awesome and very helpful…keep it up!!!!!!

  14. I will be travelling to USA in Air india on 22 jan. The baggage dimension limit in air india website for economic class is ” both combined 107 inches” I have two bags whose dimensions combined has 125 inches. Are they particular about dimension or is it ok to carry two bags whose combined dimensions is 125. Please help me on this.

  15. Dear Raghuram,
    Really nice and very helpful article.
    I have a question here is, I don’t have laptop instead can i carry my camera bag(DSLR camera and few lenses ) as a personal item ?

  16. Thank you for the comrehensive list. It’s really helpful for first time travellor to US. I may tavel this year around December(Winter season) with two kids(1.5 yrs and 4 yrs old) and my wife. Please suggest me what should I carry especially for kids at least for initial days.

    1. I will ask my wife to write an article about this.

      Get a jacket for everyone, but you can get good ones after you come here.

      Get apartment booked before you come with help from friends here. That will make your life easy.

      It will take sometime to settle, and initial few weeks will be tough, but manageable.

  17. I carried a 110v mixer juicer grinder from India during my last visit. It occupied most of the space and weight in my baggage. Is there any other alternative, where I can purchase the same from the U.S?
    Please reply

  18. thnks for the information. it helped me much. And Iam going to U.S for an educational trip in May 2013.
    is 550$ enough for the pocket money????
    i am visiting these places:
    *niagra falls
    *new york(top 10 places)
    and other top places in the U.S…….
    pls reply me as soon as possible!!!!!!*****

      1. my daughter is going to Tallahassee(Florida) USA.on 20 th December 2021.
        Can you provide list what to purchase and what precaution she should take before going to USA.

  19. Thanks for sharing the comprehensive list of items that students have to carry to the USA. But the list does not include some of the commonly used gadgets like smart phone and tablet. As a student has to stay connected with his loved ones, you should have included these gadgets in your list.

  20. Some portions of the list are not that reliable. I mean unless you are picking up sports shoes at a donation center, forget about anything good under 30-40 bucks.

  21. hi .

    my flight is on 23rd july, 2012. I am leaving for Texas, USA. I want some suggestion regarding packing. I am bit confused about food items. Do i need to pack those in carry-on -baggage or check in baggage? Are they going to check food items?

    can we carry scissors , stapler and knife?

  22. Hi,

    Very useful information.
    Can you please provide details regarding the items that can be carried
    while returning back from US. There might be some rules or constraints on the goods that can be carried back.. Please share.

  23. remember to utilise carry-on capacity. a small suitcase with 9-10 kilos can come with you in cabin. make sure to read the airlines rules thru their carry-on capacity. some airlines allow one laptop bag also besides that. some airlines allow only one carry on item and you are supposed to put laptop also in that bag only. note that if you are bringing items like shawl, jacket, books, camera dont put it in valuable space, carrry it separately with you.

  24. thanks for the informaion.
    I am going to US in the next month.
    can I carry my gold necklace and set of earrings in my baggage during travel.
    please suggest me.

  25. Good list provided here i wold say

    Absolutely necessary things you must carry:
    Pressure Cooker
    Extra Pair of eye Glass/Contact lenses(very expensive here)
    initial supplies(few clothes/brush paste etc.)

  26. If you’re planning to visit US first time:
    – remember to get your health check up, dental and eye check ups done in India and also carry your medical records for any future reference.
    – be careful with your belongings during security clearance etc. i had lot of stuff in my hand, important papers and my laptop and had to go thru London airport for transit…i was advised to watch for my laptop to arrive safely other side of the security belt and take my belongings carefully by officer there
    – when u reach US it’s usually confusing to call someone u know…ask for help from someone at the airport preferably security officers or travel info desks for help on how to call. Have phone numbers handy with you so u can call them.
    – as soon as i reached US i had to first get my social security number before i could get my cell phone. if you have contact info of any seniors in ur univ they will help u with social security….for cell phone my class mates used it was cheaper but they asked for social security info to buy a phone.
    – first few days of reaching US is taxing…but take it slow…we have all gone thru it…so dont get too stressed. if u have relative or friends in US talk to them to know how to get around things once u reach here. Good Luck!

  27. Can we take electronic gadgets like External hardrives and pen drives to US or will it be problematic when we arrive near port of entry in US.

      1. Hello,
        Can we take external hard drives with unlicensed $oftware$. Will they look into our computers for these files.

        1. you can take it and nobody will check it. but my sincere advice is that once you reach university, you can get original software. universities have arrangement to sell original softwares for very cheap prices like MS-Office, SPSS etc. for like 20 dollars or so for their enrolled students. if you are research student, then you can get softwares from your professor.

  28. Hi, I am just wondering if it is expensive to buy a back pack in US? Because I don’t plan to bring one actually.

  29. I’m guessing the food items are for grad students who will live on their own. Other than that, the list is very comprehensive.

  30. Baggage limit is set by the airline, not by USG.
    I got 3*23 kg in British airways when I flew a month back. That’s 3 check in bags apart from the cabin allowance.

  31. Hi,
    We have confusion over baggage allowance with Luftansa Flight. As you had mentioned here about check in as 2*23kg each, dont seems to we are allowed to do so. As per the plociy they had mentioned, we can carry only upto 23 kg of luggage all together is that true can you please get back to us on that. As there site had given details but have confuison with regards to USA flights from India
    2 suitcase for check-i. Each 50 lbs (or 23 Kgs)


    1. Lufthansa and most other airlines allow only 1 baggage of 23 KG, starting July. I come in month of July

      1. lufthansa allows two baggage each weigh 23kg for student plus carry on baggage…you need to personally ask them about baggage.

  32. Clothes, Electronics are cheaper in USA. stuff like jackets, shoes, Levis jeans better buy here in USA. on the other hand, do your dental work in india, dentists are horribly expensive here in usa. also bring your eye glasses as many as you can.

  33. Keep some dollars (5) in hand to get a Cart if you are landing at Newark Airport to carry your suitcases. On the other hand, airports like chicago, Dalals, Houston have baggage carts for free.

  34. Hi,
    Thanks for providing so much info πŸ™‚ I am headed to OSU in fall this year, planning to buy a laptop from US. I want to ask you whether should I buy the laptop bag also from US? would it be more expensive there?

    1. Depends on the airways in which you book your ticket.
      For example, in Air France they allow you to carry laptop bag + personal item totalling < 12 kg. The same is not available in say Etihad Airways.

  35. Extremely Comprehensive. I’m a 1st time student traveller to the US, and this is just what I was googling for πŸ™‚

    A Question:
    I’m planning to buy my Laptop in the US. So, can I carry a laptop bag on the flight, and NOT have a laptop inside? So, my question is can my carry-on luggage be 1 back pack + a laptop bag (with no laptop inside) ??

    1. Yes – one backpack ( I recommend small suitcase) + laptop bag can use taken with you. Either buy a backpack in US or pack it within suitcase.

      1. Any reason for recommending suit case over backpack. Because the backpack that I have is quite decently sized and can fit 8KG.

        1. Always prefer to get something that can be rolled over, not carried. Sometimes transit will be pain to carrying around 8 kgs on your backpack. This suitcase will come in handy for domestic trips where you want to carry more than 8 kgs and 50 lb suitcase is not required.

  36. It’s great HSB…………………….I think there’s no need to ask anyone about this US process……..coz HSB alone is enough. πŸ˜‰
    Helping us all in everything………….I’m a bit surprised to see even list of items to carry to US πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Thank you !!

    1. I have faced all the situations you gus are going to face. So, it makes it easy to write to prospective students.

  37. Hello Sir,

    Are we allowed to carry Rice, Dhal and other Indian spices to US? We’re visiting US for the first time and would like to know from you regarding this. I’m flying with my husband and my child (1.5 years old son) to US.

    Thank you

    1. Bring Indian Spices. Don’t waste your baggage space bringing rice and dhal. Since you are coming with 1.5 year old son you can carry some foot items.
      Trust me its lot easier to deal with baby food items in USA than India. My son is 17 months old πŸ™‚

  38. Hi,
    It has been very wonderfull post.
    My query is that..i want to know about the clothing prices over ther like jeans t shirt?is it ok if i buy some pairs there only inUS.
    Does the same applies to other women accessories

    1. Levis Jean is $28 (they never have sale) but other Jeans are cheap Lee, Wrangler from $10 (both men and women).

  39. My wife and I are senior citizens. We want to visit US to stay with our son for six months. We are under medication for BP and heart. Can I carry six months medicine. Where to keep the medicines, in checked baggage or Cabin bag. Can I carry some Ayurveda medicines powder for Diabetes for my wife and some liquid tonics for my grand children. Will you please reply by email


    1. Yes, you will be able to carry medicines for 6 months, but get prescription from the doctor for all the medicine. Depending on how many tablets and amount of medicine, you can either keep them in cabin bag or in checkin bag. Don't keep all of them in one place, try to split it.

  40. Great guidance list.

    To add a few, you may want to include Intl Calling / SIM cards (available in India now), Intl plug converter (one plug, can be used in over 6 countries), socks, sandals, chappals, etc.

    Just curious to know if anti biotics are allowed to be carrind in US.

  41. I really think the basic tenet of your approach is wrong. You are trying to see how much you can bring without beating the weight limit. It's the WRONG approach.

    Let's see: the limit is 23 x 2= 46 kgs + hand luggage + personal item. That's 50 kgs. That's a crazy amount of mass to be dragging around when you invariably get lost/badly confused on your first trip outside India. In other words, you will be carrying the equivalent weight of a 15 year old boy on your shoulders. The experience is tense and scary enough as it is… 50 kgs of luggage can make it overwhelming.

    The focus should be on staying LIGHT. Carry 1 SMALL suitcase (only little bigger than briefcase) and a carry on bag. Dont bring anything that is not absolutely essential. The first 2-3 months are rather survivalistic.

    1. How many times in your international trip you had to carry all 50kgs in your hand? All the airports have something called Baggage Carts.
      You load the bags in the carts in India at the airport entrance, check in the bags. Checkout the bags at port of entry and each and every airport in US will have baggage carts. Clear the customs and walk out or check-in the bags for your destination.

  42. How many Dollars should I bring there along with me? How to adjust for money transfer? Also, should I buy a laptop here in India?

      1. But living expense is only about 500 $ par month! Should I need to carry 4000 to 6000 $ even then?
        What about subsequent money transfer from India to US?

  43. Hi,
    Its a very exhaustive list. Thanks for putting it on internet. Its really handy.
    Even few suggestions below are good.

    1. Hi everyone, could you pls tell me whether we should carry our lugage in large bags(a bit heavy…~2 to 3 kg) like American Tourister, Samsonite etc… or can we carry that in our own bags(made of canvas) which weigh not more than 0.5 kg. I’m asking this because my relatives abroad say that there are no particular restrictions and it depends on our convenience to carry our lugage in which ever type of bags.

      Pls Reply

      1. Each flight has restrictions on the size of the baggage, if the baggage you are carrying within the stipulated dimensions (length *width*height) you should be fine,there is no restriction on the type of bag,as long as it is within the dimensions, but its better to buy samsonite(american tourister) or VIP, because its more durable. I once send my luggage in a locally made suitcase, at the port of entry when i collected my luggage,there was nothing much left of the bag (handle and wheel broken,and pieces of metal sticking out).So, its your choice πŸ™‚

  44. My GUITAR …. πŸ™ πŸ™

    Can't leave my epiphone behind… I've spent 30 grands on it .,… I guess I'll buy the amp there…

  45. I would like to add a few more things:
    1. Medicines: Take some antibiotics.. preferably Amox, Ciplox, and Augmentin. They are very costly in US and need a prescription from a Doc, which is more costly.
    2. Also carry some laxatives (Kayam churna, Dulcolax) as u will eat a lot of junk food in early days, as it is cheap.
    3. Antacid tablets, pain killers
    4. Get a dental checkup done before you go.. as it is not covered in US health insurance.
    5. Take plain papers. Printing is cheap in US but papers cost more than here.
    6. Indian coffee and tea leaves.
    7. some snacks will be good to take for early days.
    8. If your family is not well versed with using internet… please make skype or gtalk autologin on your home computer before you go.

  46. Nice article.

    Well, I know that this blog is dedicated for students goin to the West but I would appreciate if the same article is re posted for students going to UK.

    Thank you

  47. I hv a laptop to carry. Is it counted in the carry in luggage in Air India? Obviously it will effect the price limit for the items to carry.Is it better to buy one in US? Are there any restrictions on the data in the laptop?

  48. Hi,

    Good work man. This post will be of great help for prospective students especially those like me who would want to prepared in every way right from the beginning.


  49. Hi,

    Thank you for wonderful information. I'm traveling on B1 Visa and want to know lots of thing but don't know to whom 2 ask i got my all answer here.

    But i feel one thing is missing Declaration part, I heard when you are going from india they give you one declaration form which content what are the things you are caring with you and value of goods. If you can share that details then it will be gr8.

    Thank you so much for the info.

  50. Nice Post. All credits to the author.

    I'd like to add that phone connections usually come with a free handset (basic models) and if you want a better phone its around $100 extra. So donn't buy a phone just before coming here. Its a waste.

  51. Hi,

    it gives me fine idea to gather things and for the preparation. Thank you so much buddy. what about the inner wears. is that costlier there. pls suggest

    1. Buy underclothing that will last for 15 to 20 days, before you can do laundry. Your must not try to spend money within first 3 months on clothes (other than winter wear) when you reach US.

  52. Hey.., wonderful forum for clearing d minute details dat many ppl usually leave out. Thnx a lot..!!

    and btw, i'am flying by jet airways nd they hav an option for an extra baggage, ie, 23*3. I'am not sure if this includes the carry on baggage weight too! if u have any info bout dis, pls let me know.

    once again, wonderful job!!!

  53. i think the info u have given is very useful to the us aspirants . and i'm appreciating you for your important &useful info.

    thanking you for helping the students like me……

  54. Hi,

    is there any limit to how much liquid I can carry in check-in luggage.actually I need to carry 1 liquid medicine for complete 1 year.

    also I have to carry tablets for complete 1 year . Shall the security object if I am carrying with me so much medicines . Is a doctor prescription needed and if yes , then will it suffice ?

  55. Hi,

    is there any limit to how much liquid I can carry in check-in luggage.actually I need to carry 1 liquid medicine for complete 1 year .

    also I have to carry tablets for complete 1 year . Shall the security object if I am carrying with me so much medicines . Is a doctor prescription needed and if yes , then will it suffice ?

    1. HI, Medicines can be carried in check in luggage but you should have a proper prescription from a doctor about the generic name and the quantity you are carrying with it. Please request your doctor not to use brand names of medicines in prescription. Tablets and properly sealed liquids are allowed.

      Dr. Kovid

  56. Only 1 word dude u really rockkkkkk…..this info is really very much usefull for each and every 1 who is plannin for masters in any foreign Country…thanks a lotttt ( 1 small compliment kaka nuvvu kekaaaa kevvvvvv)

  57. its a gr8 work…… is so useful for ppl who r going to US for the first time……plss tell me abt money transfer and u didnt specify abt creams for skin protection…

  58. Hi,
    Very useful list update more.
    will forward to my friends also.
    can u also post abt the way of transfering money to US account from India,n which bank charges less n things.

  59. @ Vijay General rule for Carry On bag is that it must fit within the top airline shelf. I have seen so many types of Carry on Baggage. Get the suitcase type with stroller. It will be easy to move around with tat. Carrying 8 Kgs within airport will be very tough. As far check in bag size is concerned, I haven't seen any airline measuring the exact size. I have traveled 3 times in Lufthansa, Couple of times in Delta and also in Cathy Pacific. My brother have traveled in Emirates and Jet Airways. He came back from India in June 1week and Lufthansa allowed to carry 32 Kgs with no additional charge. It all depends on the person at the counter helping you check-in. If you happen to know any one whoring in airport, it might help too.

  60. Kudos dude .. I find this website extremely useful ..

    @ Vijay: Dimensions are extremely important for hand luggage ( But i m not sure abt the measurements . A rough calculation is, it must go under your flight seat also). For check-in luggage, most airlines adhere to weight ( 23*23*8) whereas certain airlines like lufthansa check dimensions of your suitcase rather than weight . Anyhow chk with your travel agent for more specific details. If that travel agent has influence and if you inform him a week prior your travel, then he can also get special permission for you to carry above 23 kgs/luggage

  61. @ Kilaru: Pressure Cooke – Must; electric Cooker is not a substitute for pressure cooker. If you have space carry Jeans overcoat.

    @Avinash: Yes, you can carry sharp items, but not in Carry On Bag. It should be in checked luggage. Make sure you leave your suitcase unlocked or use TSA Locks.

    @Vijay: Dimension dosen’t really matter. Don’t for the largest suitcase. Get the medium sized suitcase.

      1. Why do you need a cooking stove? Apartments comes with cooktop ( electric or gas). You will be going to developed country πŸ™‚

        1. hey dude.. its not "You will be going to developed country". Its "You will be going to a developed country such as america". Need to improve on ur eng first. loser!1

  62. hey its good seeing all the items that r required for a US gng student…….as im one of them…, is the cooker necessary???can we have a electric rice cooker in US….as the electronic items r cheap… it true??and can we get it there??plz suggest me…..

  63. Sir, Will the airport authorities allow to carry sharp items like Knifes, scissors, nail cutters, shaving blades etc.

  64. Dear Sir,
    my daughter who wishes to attend BBA course in some good USA university has unfortunately scored only 1670 in both the attempts she made. What do you suggest . She informs me that she is allowed only one attempt more and is afraid to take one more attempt without being sure. is she correct. We are in Delhi.And she is now studing in 12th standard and shall be applying for BBA course starting August 2009.

    1. Are you talking about SAT I? she's allowed to take SAT as many times as she want. and 1670 is not that bad untill she gets 500+in CR and 600+ in Maths. so better know about her score and let she be proactive. explain her about this Blog and let she gather information for herself. To inform you I have also received the same score around 1670 in SAT but yet received FULL Scholarship. But its true that I struggled pretty hard to search the university. So explain her that hard work at any stage and any thing pays off in great manner.

      so let her to take the initiation and support her at back,.

  65. its really much needed info for students going to US for first time. thanks a lot !!! keep posting your further experiences !!

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