List of Things to Pack for U.S.

Suitcase [2 x 23 Kgs + 8 Kgs]

I have created list of items to carry for students and professionals who are traveling for first time.

I will be updating this list frequently for next few days. Its not complete yet, but it will give you an idea of what to buy and what not to buy when coming here for First time.

US Travel - List of Items to Pack


Dress/Clothes


Jeans

3-4

India


T-Shirts

10+

India


Shirt - Casual

3-4

India


Shirt - Formal

2

India


Suit/Coat

1

India

Coat and Suit are expensive in U.S. compared to India

Shorts/ 3/4ths

5+

India


Pants

2-3

India

I don't like to wear pantsJ. I will go with Jeans

Belts

2

India

Leather is expensive in U.S.

Formal Shoe

1 Pair

India


Winter Wear


U.S.

Don't buy lots of sweater, wind fleece, wind cheater,. Other winter wear from India. It's better to get it from here.

Leather Jacket



I usually don't recommend anyone to buy leather jacket. Its expensive here, but you can find good winter jacket depending on where you live from $100 to $200.

Sports Shoes

1 Pair

U.S.

Nike, Adidas, .. are cheap here

Sandals

1 Pair

India

Its cheap here, but you will need it when you reach here.

Wallet

1

India

Get new one before you come

Personal Care


Hangers

No

U.S.


Don't water your suitcase weight carrying hangers. You will get 13 Hangers for $4 form Walmart



ToothBrush

2

India


Shaving Kit

1

India

Bring what you are using now

After Shave

1

India

Bring what you are using now.

Soap

1

U.S.


One soap to use 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


Small scissors

1

India


Safety pin bunch. Mini-sewing kit with some buttons

No


Every List you see will ask you to get these items, I have never used it nor my friends in last 5 years. So, don't get it.

Shampoo

No


Get it here.

Towels

2-3

India

Turkey Towels will be heavy, so get 1 of that and 2 towels light in weight.

Napkin/Hand Kerchiefs

6-10

India


Perfume

1-2

India

You can get it here, but try to avoid spending for first 3-6 months. You will get same Axe that you get in India.

Tooth Paste

1

India

Get small one, it will save you weight and you can get it here. Same Colgate, Close-up is available, but it will taste different.

Mirror

Yes

India

You can carry small mirror

Razor Blades

Few

India

Its bit expensive here.

Blanket

1-2

India

Get weightless bed spread. You can get Comforter (thick blankets) here in U.S for initial days. Its will cost around $30 in Walmart. After you get settled down you could search for full fledged mattresses.

Pillow


U.S.

Pillow costs $6 in Walmart






Songs CD

No


You can download it here, don't waster you weight.

Back Pack

Yes

India

Get a get back pack that is definitely needed to cry book to college. Don't forget to get one.

Alarm Clock

Yes/No


If you are bringing your cell phone, you will not need one.






Cell Phone

Yes


You can bring the handset you have, but make you get the pin converter. Usually, chargers will support 110 to 240v, so no need to buy new charger.

Pen, Pencil, Glue, Cello Tape..

Few


Get some pen, pencil, highlighter, but you can find them in plenty here.

Calculator



I got one, but never used it. Depending on your course of study, decide. If you coming for Computer Science, Biotechnology , its of no need.

Kitchen/Cooking


Pressure Cooker

1( 3 Liters 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 expensive for student's lifestyle.

Rice, Dhal, ..


U.S.


Don't carry any rice or other dhal items. It's available here in Indian store.

Frying Pans..



You can get one ore 2 pans that are light in weight.

Serrated Knife

2


One small and one large.

Spoon, Fork


U.S.

Spoons, forks are cheap

Vegetable Cutting Board


U.S.

Its additional weight.

Cups and Bowls


U.S.

Get one or 2 small bowls, but not many.

Plates.


U.S.

Plates will be used in Microwave. You can bring 1 plate, but don't bring more than one.

Peeler

1

India


Instant Food Packets

Few

India

Carry few packets of Instant food items, that will come in handy for first few days, till you get settled in the apartment.

Elachi, Clove, Cinnamon,

Few

India


Garam Masala

200gm or more

India


Chilli Powder

1-2 kgs

India


Medical Files/Medicines


Paracetamol, Crocin

20 to 30 Tablets



Spectacles/ Power Glass/ Contact Lens

2 Pairs

India

Eye Glasses are very very expensive here. With Eye Insurance I paid $225 for one eye glass here last month. Same would have cost Rs4,000 in India. So, if you wearing glasses make sure you get atleast 2 additional pair.

Please don't not bring the following items. You are wasting your luggage space.

  • Tamarind Paste
  • Glass (Mirror)
  • Dal and Flour's
  • Heavy Winter Jackets
  • Plain Rice

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