What to bring from India?
Formals: One suit (Optional), ties (1/2), shirts and trousers (2/3), traditional saris/kurta.
Casuals: Jeans (3/4), T-shirts & sweats (6+), cotton shirts (3+), shorts (for outdoor, indoor, sports use) (2/3).
Footwear: Sneakers, formal shoes, leather chappals /sandals, bathroom slippers.
Winter wear: Sweaters (at most 2), muffler/ scarf, woolen cap.
Undergarments: 15 sets of undergarments and socks, preferably cotton.
Miscellaneous: Towel (2+), napkins (1/2), leather belts (2+), handkerchiefs (6+).
Linen: Bed sheets (double bed size, 2), pillow covers (big, 2). Get a thick blanket. Comforters (multi layered thick blankets) can be bought here.
Winter jacket, winter gloves, caps, windcheaters, tracksuits, good sweaters, comforter are better to be bought here. Leather jackets are not needed for this place (its optional); u can buy sweatshirts (don't worry u will get to know it soon), and other winter accessories for cheap here.
Undergarments decide the frequency of your laundry, so make sure to bring a lot. The washing machines are quite big and u can do your laundry once in 2-3 weeks. So u can save both money and valuable time.
Cooking Utensils: Non-stick pan (1/2), non-stick tava, pressure cooker (for 2 people)(get spare gaskets and safety valves)
Others: spoons, forks, knives, cups, glasses (2 each), cutter plate, a melamine (microwaveable) set (Optional) consisting of plates, soup-bowls and regular bowls (2 each).
Condiments and spices: garam masala, pav bhaji masala, chole masala, sambhar & rasam masala, haldi, chill powder, jeera, dhania. Dhal for 1st month, coffee, tea..
Others: pickles, papad, homemade snacks etc.
Toilette: Toothbrush, toothpaste, tongue-cleaners, soap, a complete shaving kit,(all in a toiletry bag), shampoo, talcum powder etc.
Medicines: Medicines with prescriptions for standard minor ailments like fever, cold, cough, stomach-ache etc. Also personal medication and medical history papers. Antiseptic cream, relaxyl etc. Spare eyeglasses/ contact lenses. (Get the eye prescription too!) Get a complete medical checkup done before getting here, including a chest X-ray.
Study Materials & Stationary:
Your calculator, micro tip pencils + refills (2), good pens (2), eraser, stapler & staples, Indian calendar, backpack. (Most of the stationary is optional. You can also buy it here).
Other: Needles & thread, buttons, nail cutter, tool kit, umbrella, sports equipment if you play tennis, squash, swimming.
Your favorite Indian/ Western music cassettes/CDs, walkman (optional), your favorite books
Personal: Family photos, 'Indian' ethnic stuff (gifts/personal use) An up-to-date address book of all your acquaintances/ friends/ relatives in the USA - Canada region, photos of deities (if religious-minded)
Also, please make sure to bring your traditional attire (saris, salwar-kameezes, ghagras, kurta-pyjamas, shervanis, dhotis etc.) to add color to the Indian get-togethers. Our festivals are a great way to showcase your talents as well. So if you are a singer, dancer, musician, anything let us know and bring along any of your equipment or costumes if possible. You'll have plenty of opportunities to flaunt your skills!