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US Travel Checklist: Things to Carry to USA for Students from India

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You have been admitted to your dream university! You have got your Visa approved! And you are all set to fly to the USA to pursue your higher education. But, before you embark on your highly anticipated journey to study in the USA, you need to know exactly what is going in your ‘Essentials’ checklist, more specifically your USA student packing list!

There are ample things you need to take care of in order to make sure that everything is up and ready. To ease you out, we’ve curated an all-essential checklist with a list of things to carry to USA for students from India.

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Documents Required to Travel to USA

Before moving to the things to carry to USA for students from India, let us first make you acquainted with the most essential documents without which you'll be denied entry into the US.

Given below are the documents required to be presented to the officers at the US airport for immigration purposes:

  • University-mandated admits, aid, forms.
  • Original academic transcripts: These will also include your original/attested mark sheets, degree certificate, school certificate, letters of recommendations, etc. Make sure to carry copies of the same too.
  • Standardised/ entrance exam score sheets (TOFEL, GRE or GMAT, etc.)
  • Immunisation report: All universities have their mandatory vaccination requirements so remember to check those out and follow them carefully.
  • I-20 Form: This document is issued by a US government-approved educational institution that certifies your admission to a full-time study program with the approved financial ability to stay in the US. You would have received this form from your Designated School Official (DSO).
  • SEVIS Fee receipt: All international students need to pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee, separate from their student visa fees. At present, the fee is 350 USD, and it must be paid online.
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Acceptance letter from your university
  • LORs, SOPs
  • Departure letter

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USA Student Packing List

There are a lot of things to carry from India to USA. All these things are mentioned in different USA student packing list mentioned below:

  1. Travel Checklist
  2. Health Checklist
  3. Food & Clothing/Apparel Checklist

Let’s have a closer look at the packing list for Indian students going to USA:

Travel Checklist

A student packing list for USA is the most important travel checklist when you are packing for essential things to carry while travelling to the USA from India. The most essential things that you need to carry before you travel to the US are your flight tickets, passport, payment cards, and student visa permit.

  • Passport: Your Passport will be required for identification purposes as you enter the US.
  • Payment Cards: Initially, you will need a credit or debit card to secure basic necessities and utilities while in the US. Mastercard, Visa, and American Express in particular are popular payment methods in the United States.
  • Student Visa: A photocopy of your approved F-1 student visa will be required at the airport before you travel to the US.

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Besides the above-mentioned essentials, you will also need the following important things to carry to USA for students from India:

Foreign currency to carry to the US

  • Carry about 1,000 USD in the currency more or less, and the rest can be taken in loaded forex cards. Remember to always carry loose change that you can use for eating/drinking during your travel journey.
  • Forex cards are cost-effective so make sure to carry most of your money on these cards.
  • For tuition fees, it is best to wire the money directly to the university.

Electronic Gadgets to Carry to the US

  • Laptop/Mobile/Tablet and its charger
  • Pen-drive/Hard-disk
  • India to US plug/adapter: This is an absolute essential. You will need them to power the gadgets you are carrying from India to the US.
  • Digital camera
  • Headphones with mic
  • Calculator
  • Extra batteries
  • Table clock
  • External HDD

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Health Checklist

Let us now help you with some health-related things that must be included in your USA student travel checklist from India.

The most important health-related things that need to be included in your US student packing list from India are:

  • Health Insurance: The average cost of a trip to the emergency room is 700 USD, and getting tests or prescriptions can push that cost well over 1,000 USD. All universities abroad require Student Health Insurance. This can be obtained from any Indian insurance company and is cost-effective, too, rather than getting it from your university.
  • Health Check-up: Make sure to get a total health check-up done before you leave. Treatments in the US, especially Eye and Dental care, can be pretty expensive.
  • Medicines for cold/fever/cough: Crocin, Combiflam, Diziron, vicks, Avail.25, etc
  • Eye contact lenses

Clothing Checklist

Here is the clothing packing list for students going to USA:

  • Depending on the varying climates of your destination state, carry extra winter/summer/fall clothing.
  • Carry toiletries.
  • Carry extra blankets/pillows if you feel you cannot do without it. However, make sure you are not exceeding your luggage limit.

Specific essential clothing items to be carried to the US have been listed below:

  • Tshirts
  • Jeans
  • Formal shirts
  • Coat and suits
  • Shorts
  • Track pants
  • Undergarments
  • Ties
  • Dresses
  • Swimming costumes
  • Winter jackets
  • Wallet
  • Socks
  • Trainers
  • Sandals

Food Checklist

Moving on, let us now make you acquainted with some essential food items to carry in your student packing list for USA:

  • Masala/ spices/oils: According to the US Customs and Border Protection site, you can carry masalas, oils, honey, coffee, tea, and packaged spices to the US. So yes, you can take spices to the USA from India.
  • Ready-to-cook food: You may carry ready-to-cook food to the US (for instance, Maggi, pickles) in case of emergencies.
  • Pressure cooker of 3-7 litres.
  • Rice, spoons, knives, bowls, vegetables, dal, etc are all largely prohibited and also inessential. You will find these abroad as well.

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Luggage Guidelines for Students Travelling to the US

After getting to know about the packing list for Indian students going to USA, it's also important to stay updated about the luggage guidelines/rules/specifications:

  • Total linear dimensions of each check-in bag should not exceed 158 cm (62 inches). The total weight must not be more than 23 kg (50 pounds).
  • You are allowed to carry one hand baggage, plus a laptop, briefcase and a purse. Maximum weight of hand baggage should not exceed a certain limit, usually 5 to 10 kg.
  • Don’t forget to acquire Transportation Security Administration locks.
  • In the case of loss of luggage and accidents, make sure you have a travel insurance cover that can protect you. An Indian Insurance company can provide this service to you.

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Now that you have all of your essentials in order, you can be rest assured that these are not subject to change. All of the above must be ticked off before you begin your journey. Once they are, remember to keep updating yourself with any new documents/reports that may be required by your university of choice. Yocket Counsellors wish you good luck and a safe journey!

Frequently Asked Questions about US Student Travel Checklist

Ques. What are food essentials one must keep in their USA student packing list?

Ans. Given below are some food essentials:

  • Masala/ spices/oils
  • Ready-to-cook food
  • Pressure cooker of 3-7 litres, kadhai
  • Rice, spoons, knives, bowls, vegetables, dal, etc are all largely prohibited and also inessential. You will find these abroad as well.

Ques. What are the electronic gadgets one must take to the US, as students?

Ans. Given below are the electronic gadgets:

  • Laptop/Mobile/Tablet and its charger
  • Pen-drive/Hard-disk
  • India to US plug/adapter: This is an absolute essential. You will need them to power the gadgets you are carrying from India to the US.
  • Digital camera
  • Headphones with mic
  • Calculator
  • Extra batteries
  • Table clock
  • External HDD

Ques. What are the documents required at the time of immigration?

Ans. The documents required are:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Acceptance letter from your university
  • LORs, SOPs
  • Departure letter
  • SEVIS fee receipt
  • I-20 form
  • Immunisation report
  • Academic transcripts
  • Standardised test scores

Ques. Should I carry stationary to the US with me?

Ans. Yes, you can carry some basic stationery items like pens, notebooks, calculators, pencils, basic geometry items, etc.

Ques. Can I take ayurvedic medicines to the US?

Ans. Yes, provide you have authorised prescriptions from your doctor.