is the essential thing one has to buy. This has to be done after proper planning
as luggage is an expensive item and is to be retained for years, now that you
will be doing lot of traveling in flight. You need 2 large size suitcases.
Most airlines allow two baggages whose total dimensions should not be more than
100 inches and when filled should not weigh more than 23 - 25 kg each. Contact
your travel agent regarding this.
- Start your packing well in advance
- Buy two good suitcases - they should be able to withstand a lot of
mishandling. They should be as large as possible within the size
- Put identification marks and labels on both the inside & outside the
boxes. Apart from this, the airlines will also provide you with adhesive
- Suitcases with independent top & bottom are preferable.
baggage: In addition you can carry a bag with linear dimension not exceeding
115cms or 45" (varies with airlines) on board that fits beneath the seat.
Preferably buy a good quality back pack as you be using it most of the time
here carrying books and stuff.
- Copy of all the certificates/documents (originals in hand baggage)
- Important application materials (Personal statement, Letters of
Recommendation etc.) if you are planning to transfer to another university
at a later date. (Soft copy)
- Necessary book/notebooks (some suggested books are - Clarks Tables, a good
dictionary/thesaurus, a booklet for units conversion)
- Copy of address book/telephone book/diary
- Some stationary and related items suggested (not absolutely necessary) -
just for the first few weeks are: common items + air mail covers + few
Indian razor blades for cutting work + screw driver.
- Medical history files.
- Non-technical books (fiction/religious).
- Wear your shoes to save space in the box. If needed buy only leather shoes
(other types of shoes are cheap in the US). For some weather conditions,
Indian leather shoes may crack.
- Don't worry yourself if you can't bring any of the stuff listed above -
most of the items are available pretty cheap in the US (Made in China).
Exceptions are leather goods, formal wear. In a month or two you will be
able to get anything you want.
- Some medicines (including for air-sickness)
- Novel/magazines/books for in flight reading
- Original important documents (I-20, passport, tickets.). Being a little
paranoid, I kept my passport in my pocket while coming to US.
- Small money in cash (in case you drop your wallet somewhere, traveler’s
- Address book/phone book (Indian & US)
- Copies of your photos (passport size)
- Enlisted steps to be followed in case of emergency (accident, theft, etc.)
- Shorter extract of contact addresses - especially of people coming to pick
- Receipt got along with traveller's' checks - in case you lose the TC's.
- Keep some coins (quarters) if you need to make calls from a public