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PREDEPARTURE CHECKLIST

Preparing to study overseas is not only exciting, but daunting as well. A lot of things need to be considered, and elaborate preparations needs to be done before you embark on your journey to study abroad.  However, the following pre-departure tips will make your preparation organized and stress-free: PREDEPARTURE CHECKLIST

Important documents: predeparture checklist

  • You must check the expiry date of your passport and renew it, if necessary. Also, it is advisable to carry a photo copy of the passport with you.
  • Ensure that your visa is ready and maintain a photocopy of your visa as well.
  • You must carry with you the details of your travel insurance along with its photo copy.
  • You must carry your driver’s license or any other valid documents that will help to identify you since these documents may be required to prove your identity.

University-related documents: predeparture checklist

  • Certain universities provide ID cards before the date of joining. In such a case you must get hold of it as it is really important.
  • You must read the joining instructions of the university carefully as it may contain some important instructions and list of documents that need to be furnished.
  • Ensure that you have the university admit card which specifies the joining date, student roll number, and other such related information
  • It is advisable to maintain hard copies of fees receipt and other pay slips.
  • You must take photo copies of all your academic certificates along with you.

Health and safety: predeparture checklist

  • Ensure that you have taken all the necessary vaccinations. You must get a vaccination certificate and carry it with you, along with the photo copy of the same.
  • Remember to carry your medicines if you have been asked to do so by your doctor.
  • You must carry your medical history along with you as this will prove to be extremely beneficial in case you need to visit a doctor abroad. Carry the prescriptions and other medical test results if any. Also, it is advisable to carry your blood group id with you.
  • It is recommended to take health insurance policies, and if you have a policy, then you must carry its details along with you.

Finance: predeparture checklist

  • As soon as you are accepted into a study abroad program, you should monitor the exchange rate applicable to the currency of your host country since exchange rates fluctuate daily and this can greatly impact your budget.
  • You must carry your credit card and an ATM card with you while you travel. A credit card can be used in case of emergencies when cash is not readily available. An ATM card is handy since it is one of the most convenient ways to access cash and most locations do have ATMs.
  • Avoid carrying large amount of cash with you. Another option for making payments is to use travellers’ cheques.
  • You may want to keep some local currency with you prior to your arrival as it will allow you some flexibility. You will not need to find an ATM or bank immediately.

Other Documents: predeparture checklist

  • You must keep a copy of the rent agreement and other valid documents with you.
  • You must carry copies of passport size photographs as you may need the same for legal and admission procedures.
  • Keep at hand your housing information such as the address, phone number, map etc.

 Luggage: predeparture checklist

  • You must keep the details of personal and baggage insurance policies with you.
  • Weigh your bags to ensure that its weight is within the prescribed limit since you will not be allowed to carry luggage that weighs more than a specified weight.
  • You must remember to label your luggage with your contact details such as your name, address and phone number.
  • Ensure that you have the right clothes which are suitable keeping in mind the various seasons in the foreign country.
  • Remember to pack all the essential items like- Basic toiletries, electronics such as laptops, mobile chargers, converters and adapters, comfortable shoes, reading materials and notebooks for class.

Communication: predeparture checklist

  • You must check with your cell phone provider if your cell phone can work overseas.
  • You can also buy a local pay-as-you-go cell phone upon arrival, or you can simply purchase a local SIM card.
  • You can use Skype, Facebook, and Gmail for communication as they will enable you to have a video chat with your family and friends.
Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies

Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies

Preparing to study overseas is not only exciting but daunting as well. A lot of things need to be considered, and elaborate preparations needs to be done before you embark on your journey to study abroad. However, the following pre-departure tips will make your preparation organized and stress-free: Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies

Important documents: Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies

  • You must check the expiry date of your passport and renew it, if necessary. Also, it is advisable to carry a photocopy of the passport with you. Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies
  • Ensure that your visa is ready and maintain a photocopy of your visa as well.
  • You must carry with you the details of your travel insurance along with its photocopy.
  • You must carry your driver’s license or any other valid documents that will help to identify you since these documents may be required to prove your identity.

University-related documents: Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies

  • Certain universities provide ID cards before the date of joining. In such a case you must get hold of it as it is really as important. Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies
  • You must read the joining instructions of the university carefully as it may contain some important instructions and list of documents that need to be furnished.
  • Ensure that you have the university admit card which specifies the joining date, student roll number, and other such related information. Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies
  • It is advisable to maintain hard copies of fees receipt and other pay slips.
  • You must take photocopies of all your academic certificates along with you.

Health and safety: Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies

  • Ensure that you have taken all the necessary vaccinations. You must get a vaccination certificate and carry it with you, along with the photocopy of the same.
  • Remember to carry your medicines if you have been asked to do so by your doctor.
  • You must carry your medical history along with you as this will prove to be extremely beneficial in case you need to visit a doctor abroad. Carry the prescriptions and other medical test results if any. Also, it is advisable to carry your blood group id with you.
  • It is recommended to take health insurance policies, and if you have a policy then you must carry its details along with you. Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies

Finance: Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies

  • As soon as you are accepted into a study abroad program, you should monitor the exchange rate applicable to the currency of your host country since exchange rates fluctuate daily and this can greatly impact your budget. Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies
  • You must carry your credit card and an ATM card with you while you travel. A credit card can be used in case of emergencies when cash is not readily available. An ATM card is handy since it is one of the most convenient ways to access cash and most locations do have ATMs.
  • Avoid carrying large amount of cash with you. Another option for making payments is to use travellers’ cheques. Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies
  • You may want to keep some local currency with you prior to your arrival as it will allow you some flexibility. You will not need to find an ATM or bank immediately.

Other Documents: Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies

  • You must keep a copy of the rent agreement and other valid documents with you.
  • You must carry copies of passport size photographs as you may need the same for legal and admission procedures. Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies
  • Keep at hand your housing information such as the address, phone number, map etc.

Luggage: Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies

  • You must keep the details of personal and baggage insurance policies with you.
  • Weigh your bags to ensure that its weight is within the prescribed limit since you will not be allowed to carry luggage that weighs more than a specified weight.
  • You must remember to label your luggage with your contact details such as your name, address and phone number. Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies
  • Ensure that you have the right clothes which are suitable keeping in mind the various seasons in the foreign country.  Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies
  • Remember to pack all the essential items like- Basic toiletries, electronics such as laptops, mobile chargers, converters and adapters, comfortable shoes, reading materials and notebooks for class.

Communication: Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies

  • You must check with your cell phone provider if your cell phone can work overseas.
  • You can also buy a local pay-as-you-go cell phone upon arrival, or you can simply purchase a local SIM card. Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies
  • You can use Skype, Facebook, and Gmail for communication as they will enable you to have a video chat with your family and friends.Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies

Packing list for travelling to USA

Packing list for travelling to USA

1.T-shirts (round neck) – 8
2. T-shirts (with collar) – 3-4
3. Jeans (stick to blue/black) – 6-7
4. Formal shirts – 3
5. Formal trousers – 2
6. Undergarments – at least 15 pairs (very important)
7. Formal suit – 1 complete set
8. Ties – 2-3
9. Shorts/three-fourths – 5-6
10. Track pants – 2-3
11. Swimming trunks – 1 (if you plan to swim after coming here)
12. One traditional dress for festivals

EXTRA APPARELS:- Packing list for travelling to USA
1. Towels (any kind, but I would prefer Turkish(Or Tunisian) – 1 turkish,3 Simple
2. Hand towels – 3-4
3. Leather belts – 1-2
4. Belt for jeans – 1
5. Formal leather shoes – 1 pair
6. Woodland all-weather shoes – 1 pair (very important)
7. Sneakers (optional) – 1 pair
8. Sports shoes (optional) – They are very cheap in the US. You will most probably have a pair already. Wear it and come. Wait till the black friday sales where you will get awesome pairs of shoes for cheap.
9. Sunglasses – 1 pair (any good brand is okay)
10. Socks – 6-7 pairs
11. Sweater – 1-2 good warm ones
12. A light jacket (you can get a thicker one once you land in the US)
13. A good umbrella (don’t get the cheap ones, they can’t stand the wind)
14. Handkerchiefs – 12 nos.
15. Hawaii slippers – 1 pair (for wearing inside the apartment)
16. Flip-flops – 1 pair (for summer and spring)
17. Bedsheets – 2
18. Blanket – 1 (optional)
19. Pillow covers – 3
20. A good wallet (leather) – 1
21. A wallet for passport
22. Shoe polish – 1 (don’t get liquid, might spill during travel)
23. Shoe polishing brush – 1
24. Monkey cap – 1

ELECTRONICS:- Packing list for travelling to USA
1. External HDD (get the portable one) – You might need this for bringing all those movies, music and files from back home. Minimum of 1 TB. Any brand is fine. Flipkart has a sale on Transcend and WD till 26th May.
2. USB keyboard and mouse (optional) – gamers might need this. Even otherwise, it is a good thing to have. Get Logitech.
4. If you already have a laptop, you may bring that. Even if it is quite old, preserve it till black friday. You will get super deals, both online and in-store.
5. IPod/mp3 player (optional) – You might need this if you have to wait for long times at airports. Else, get it in the US.
6. Digital Camera- Get it from India. It might be a little more expensive, but you will need it to record all those initial snaps in the US. Preferred brands are Canon, Sony and Nikon. Don’t buy cameras that require AA batteries. Buy models with Li-ion batteries.
7. A good pair of headphones with mic.
8. A branded spike-buster.
9. Indian pin to US pin converters – 2-3. (very important)
10. A small table clock with alarm functionality
11. A scientific calculator (very important) Casio fx991MS or fx991ES – This is damn expensive in the US.
12. A good branded, decent wrist watch.
13. An extra battery for your wrist watch.
14. Blank DVDs – 4-5.

PERSONAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS:- Packing list for travelling to USA
1. Tooth paste – one large tube. Brands also available in the US – Colgate, Close-Up, Pepsodent, Aquafresh (Note: The Pepsodent here is not the same as the Pepsodent in India, it is owned by a different company, not by Unilever. (This is a very important fact))
2. Tooth brushes – 3-4
3. Soap – 1-2 bars. Brands also available in the US – Dove, Palmolive and Pears. If you don’t use any of these brands, then better get used to them. No use bringing lots of soap bars from India.
4. Shampoo – 1 bottle. Brands also available in the US – Head and Shoulders, Sunsilk, Dove, Pantene, Nizoral. Again, get used to any one of these brands.
5. Shaving razor(for guys) – A couple of disposable ones.
6. Shaving foam (don’t buy cream) – 1 small can
7. Cold cream – 1 bottle
8. Vaseline – 1 bottle
9. Good clean combs – 2-3
10. Comb cleaner/old toothbrush for cleaning the combs.
11. Soap cases – 2
12. Hair oil – 2 bottles
13. Deodorant – 1 can
14. Nail cutter – 2
15. Earbuds – 1 small pack
16. Sunscreen – 1 bottle
17. Lip balm – 2 tubes

UTENSILS:- Packing list for travelling to USA
1.Pressure cooker
2. Pressure pan – 1. As far as possible, get both the cooker and the pan from the same brand so that you can interchange the gaskets and the weights.
3. Medium size kadai for cooking vegetables – 1
4. Serving spoons (of various sizes) – 3-4
5. SS Plate – 1
6. Kadai for boiling milk/water – 1
7. Knives – 3-4
8. Vegetable chopping board – 1
9. SS glasses/tumblers – 3
10. SS spoons – 3-4
11. Extra weights and gaskets for the cookers – 3
12. Chapati roller – 1
13. Butter knives – 2
14. SS forks – 2
15. Kadai for making sambar/dal – 1
16. Tea strainer – 1
17. Water bottle (preferably Tupperware) – 1

FOOD ITEMS:- Packing list for travelling to USA
1. Ready-to-eat paste – 5-6 bottles minimum.
2. Rice – 3-4 kg for initial use
3. Maggi – 10-12 (minimum). You won’t get Maggi in the US except in Indian stores. So carry as much as you can.
4. Some home-made sweets for yourself as well as for seniors you need favors from.
5. Pickles – 3-4 bottles
6. Some snacks – how much ever you want, for the initial days
7. All powders – chilli, garam masala, rasam, sambar, asafetida, other powders you use – 0.5 to 1 kg each
8. All dals that you use in cooking – 2 kg each
9. Salt and sugar – 0.5 kg each
10. Papads – 2-3 packs
11. Tamarind – 1 kg
12. Ginger-garlic paste – 2 bottles

STATIONERY ITEMS:- Packing list for travelling to USA
1. Pens – 3-4
2. Notebooks – 2-3
3. Pencils – 3-4
4. Erasers – 3
5. Sharpeners – 3
6. Key chains – 2
7. Staple machine – 1
8. Pins – 2 boxes
9. Glue sticks – 2
10. Markers – 2
11. Highlighters – 1
12. A4 sheets – 1 quire
13. Small ruler – 1
14. Phone book – 1. Keep all your friends’ and relatives’ phone numbers written inside before you leave ( or use Google sync like a normal person)
15. Cellophane tape – 1 roll

MEDICINES:- Packing list for travelling to USA
These are very important since for getting any specialized medicine in the US, you need a prescription.
1. Cold, Fever – Crocin
2. Body Pain – Crocin, Combiflam
3. Indigestion, Gastric Problems – Gelucil, Zinetac
4. Throat Infection – Erythromycin
5. Allergies – Avil .25
6. Vomiting – Avomine
7. Tooth Ache – Combiflam
8. Cold, Head Ache – Amurtanjan
9. Stomach Pain – Cyclopam
10. Diarrhea – Lopomide
11. Dizziness – Diziron
12. Sprain – Esgypyrin
13. Common Cold – Coldact, Vicks Vaporub

DOCUMENT LIST:- Packing list for travelling to USA
(1) Passport Xerox(5 copies)
(2) VISA Xerox (5 copies)
(4) I-20(5 copies)
(5) Air Ticket(2 copies)
(6) Original marksheets + Degree Certificate
(7) Attested marksheets + Degree Certificate (3 copies)
(8 Original transcripts + Degree Certificate (3 copies)
(9) Immunization form(specific to university)
(10) University specific letters like admit, aid, forms.
(11) SEVIS fee reciept(3 copies)
(12) GRE Original + Xerox copies(5 copies)
(13) TOEFL Original + Xerox copies(5 copies)
(14) Final Year Project Report
(15) Syllabus Copies
(16) Reco Letters.

PACKING Packing list for travelling to USA
Don’t procrastinate packing till the last moment as you won’t find time later, and in the tension you may miss out on some important things. Start packing early. Make sure you make a list of all stuff you are carrying. Label all the suitcases both inside and outside with both your home address in India and your university address. Include the phone numbers also. Make sure you are within the luggage allowance (you can do this by carrying the suitcase to the nearest scrap metal shop/rice mundi), though it can exceed upto 1-2 kgs. Packing list for travelling to USA

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