CHECKLIST
 
 
CLOTHING
 
Important: The Clothing list mentioned below may vary according to the individual preferences. In US, usually we do the laundry twice a month. So make sure that you get sufficient cloths that would last for at least 15 days.
 
1.
Shirts : 4 nos.
2.
Trousers (Pants- Formal) : 2 nos.
3.
Jeans : 4-5 pairs
4.
T-Shirts : 14 nos.
5.
Shorts : 4 nos.
6.
Suit : 1 no + only coat (you'll never actually get to use it though!! Probably at the end of 2 years for an interview)
7.
Coat (Leather)/Thick Jacket : 1 no.(Do Not invest on a new one in India, they are considerably cheap here)
8.
Indian Traditional Dresses : 2 nos. (Useful for traditional functions like diwali celebration etc.)
9.
Tie : 2 nos.
10.
Handkerchiefs : 10 nos.
11.
Undergarments : 14-18 nos. (Women note: Cotton undergarments are costly and often not comfortable. Get at least 2 dozen of your preferred brands.)
12.
Banyans : 14 nos.
13.
Socks : 8 nos.
14.
Towels : (Bathing - 3 , Hand - 5)
15.
Night ware : 2 nos.
16.
Sweaters :(Full sweater - 1 , Half sweater - 2)(Do not invest in new ones in India)
17.
Hand Gloves : 1 no (you can come here and get it too)
18.
Muffler, Cap (Woolen) 1 (you can come here and get it too)
19.
Thermals : 2 no (only if you're the extremely cold sensitive kind)
20.
Bed sheets : 2 nos.
21.
Pillow Covers : 2 nos.
LEATHER
 
Important: Usually leather items are very expensive in US.
   
1.
Formal Shoes : 1 no.
2.
Belts : 3 nos.
3.
Wallets : 2-3 no. (Get one with lots of pockets for storing credit cards, here people rarely use the cash. Most of the transactions take place with credit/debit cards).
FOOD & UTENSILS
 
Important: Get only flat bottomed utensils for cooking food (preferably non-stick).
Important: Most of the food items mentioned below are available at Indian market. But it is better to get these items so that you don't have to do any heavy food shopping in the very first month of your stay in US. Also at the start you would be unwilling to spend too much money in dollars. ;-)
Important: The following list can be very effectively shared if you already have decided the room-mates. In that case everyone doesn't have to carry heavy utensils like pressure cooker / cooking pans. One can get utensils and others can concentrate on getting more food items.
 
1.
Turmeric Powder - 0.5 kg
2.
Chili Powder (Red) - 0.5 kg
3.
Black pepper powder - 200 gm
4.
Salt - 1 packet
5.
Dhania - Jeera - 1.0 kg
6.
Rai(Mustard Seeds) - 1.0 kg
7.
Garam Masala - 3 packets
8.
Biryani Masala - 3 packets
9.
Chat/Chicken/Sabzi/Sambar/Rasam/Rajma Masala - 3 packets.
10.
Tea/Coffee Powder - 1 kg.
11.
Bornvita/Horlicks/Complain - 2 packets.
12.
Papad / Khakhra (if you're fond of it)
13.
Rajma - 0.5 kg
14.
Chole - 0.5 kg
15.
Toor dal - 0.5 kg
16.
Moong dal - 0.5 kg
17.
Gits Dosa Packs and Other Ready to eat foods- 4 to 5 packets (for enthusiasts who like to make dosa's in their spare time)
18.
Elaichi - 200 gm
19.
Rawa - 1.0 kg
20.
Pressure Cooker(5 litre, at least) - 1 no. with Spare gaskets (check out the size) and safety valves -3 to 4 nos
21.
Non-Stick Frying pan - 1-2 nos. (very useful)
22.
Spoons, Knives, Forks, Dishes, Tumblers, Bowls - 2 nos. each(Medium size bowls are rare to find here)
23.
Kadhai - 1
24.
Sauce Pan - 1
25.
Pickles (1 for you , 2 for us.. )
26.
Sweets (for us obviously.. )
MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS
1.
Slipper - 1 no .
2.
Sneakers - 1 no.
3.
Mirror - 1 no.
4.
Cold cream - 1 no.
5.
Shaving Kit - 1 no (get additional blades too)
6.
Combs/Brush 5 nos.
7.
Sewing Kit - 1 no.
8.
Tooth brush/paste
9.
Pen/Pencil (0.5s)
10.
Pencil Leads (very expensive here and you will use pencil here so get 5-10 lead boxes)
11.
Erasers
12.
Ruler
13.
Notebook - 2 no. (you'll get them here obviously, but just to get you started)
14.
Alarm Clock - 1 no.
15.
Spectacles - 1 no. + 2 for backup (they're quite expensive here. So get your eyes tested before you come here)
16.
Ear buds - 1 pack
17.
Bathing soap/Shampoo/Body Wash/loofah ( just for initial 1-2 weeks)
18.
Washing Soap
19.
Soap Case
20.
Nail cutter - 1 no.
21.
Moisturizer
22.
Key Chains
23.
College Bag - 1 no
24.
Deodorant(You get only body mists and rollons for women here, Axe and Brut are teh only options for men)
25.
Bathroom Mugs
26.
Plastic folders
27.
Marker ( 1 fluorescent and 1 permanent)
28.
Umbrella - 1 no (very important, unless you want to spend 10$ on one as soon as you come here)
29.
Hangers (Not necessary. You can get them here for cheap - approx. 5$ for 30)
30.
Stapler Pins and Stapler
31.
Pair of scissors.
MEDICINES
 
Important: Medicines are very expensive in US. Besides most of the medicines can not be purchased without doctor's prescription. So get most of the common medicines.
Important:Your family doctor is the best source of information. We can not recommend you any medicines
Important: Get the vaccines mentioned in the medical form. There is a high fee for the vaccines here.
Important: The insurance plan does not cover dental treatment. Dental treatment is EXTREMELY expensive in US. So complete all the dental treatment before coming here.
 
 
MONEY
 

Important: If you do not have the funding(which is most of the cases), get the sufficient amount with you. On-campus jobs(if you get one) can cover your living expenses. But you can not save any amount that is significantly close to the tuition.

The current figures are: Living Expenses - approx. 350$ (minimum) - may increase depending on your apartment rent, lifestyle etc. On-campus earning: approx. 400$-800$ (depending on the job and number of hours you work). Approximately Tuition for one semester - 11000$ (including the insurance).

 
1.
Around $100 in cash. + Get a few $1 notes, for trolleys in airports and tips for porters and some quarters (25c) for telephone calls.
2.
Around $2000 in Forex Cards/DD payable to self
3.
Pay your Tution and Insurence fees well in advance to avoid last minute anxiety. Explore the various payment options here We would recommend 1.Peer Transfer 2. Wire Transfer to your Bank of America or Wells Fargo Account.
4.
Always carry the money (Cash, Forex and D.D.) with you. DO NOT keep it in the luggage. Of course D.D. is safe, but just in case you/airline misplace the luggage, you will have to ask your parents to send you new D.D. So better avoid. Also it is good practice to have xerox copies of D.D. and TCs. Also keep one set of xerox copies with the parents so that in case of emergency, they can contact the bank to cancel them.
 
THINGS TO BE KEPT IN THE HAND-LUGGAGE
 
Important: Carry all the original documents including your certificate, medical records file, I-20, passport, money with you. Documents don't contribute to any significant weight. Any backpack will accommodate all the above things.
 
1.
Some medicines (for air sickness).
2.
Novel/Magazines/books for in-flight reading.
3.
Sweater (You will spend around 20 hours in the air-conditioned environment)
4.
Address book/phone book (Indian and US)
5.
Copies of your photo (passport size)
6.
Things to survive for a week in case luggage gets misplaced (two sets of clothes, valuables like calculators, addresses etc.)
7.
Shorter extract of contact addresses and telephone numbers - especially of people coming to pick you up as well as MAITRI emergency contacts.
 
 
THINGS TO BE LEFT AT HOME
 
1.
List of addresses/phone numbers at which info. about you can be obtained.
2.
Two xerox copies of all your important documents. These also include attested copies of your mark lists.
3.
A copy of all relevant parts of medical history files.
4.
Extra copies of your grade transcripts.
5.
A few blank signed papers-so that your parents can be authorized to look after anything on your behalf.
 
 
THINGS TO BE DONE IN THE LAST WEEK BEFORE THE FLIGHT
 
1.
Call up the airline to confirm the ticket and date (inform people coming to pick you up if there is any change)
2.
Rest well- ready to face long journey
3.
Bid bye to all concerned and other general stuff.
 
 
ON THE DAY OF THE FLIGHT AND LATER
 
1.
Wear something comfortable. Wear your shoes in flight.
2.
Be at the airport 3-4 hours before the flight.
3.
Relax during flight. Sleep as much as possible, set your time to Raleigh time and sleep accordingly. (BTW, Raleigh is 9 and a half hours behind Indian time in summer, for example if its 10.00PM in India, its 12.30AM in Raleigh same day).
4.
Vegetarians have to be careful. Don't hesitate to ask questions. You get very good fruit juices. Make sure you have given your meal preference as Asian Veg Meal
And For Non vegitarians choose Hindu Non-Veg Meal to avoid Pork/ Beaf being served
5.
In case of problems during take-off and landing don't hesitate to ask for ear-buds before take-off.
 


 

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