• Shopping list to travel USA

    Shopping List - Before you travel to US. Collected from MSinUS Facebook.

    Shopping list to travel USA

    During the days of Orkut, I found this List prescribed by some senior who stays in the US. Hope it helps someone ... btw its a Long List .. !! :P - Vasu Irneni

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    Clothes and apparel

    1. T-shirts (round neck) - 8
    2. T-shirts (collared) - 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

    1. Towels (any kind, but I would prefer Turkish) - 3
    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 cheapo ones, they can't stand the wind)
    14. Handkerchiefs - 12 nos.
    15. Hawai 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

    Personal hygiene products

    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)
    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 - 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 and Food items

    1. Pressure cooker - 1
    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

    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, asafoetida, 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

    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
    15. Cellophane tape - 1 roll

    Medicines

    1. Cold, ***** - 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

    (1) Passport Xerox(5 copies)
    (2) VISA Xerox (5 copies)
    (3) IDP 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.

    Keep your original documents with you in the hand luggage and not in the check-in. Keep everything neatly organized so that you won't have to search for anything in case you need something during travel. Keep your passport always within reach of your hand.Get a wallet for your passport
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    Comments 13 Comments
    1. neelav's Avatar
      neelav -
      Man this list will cross 20 kg limit
    1. Libin's Avatar
      Libin -
      what is IDP under Document list?
    1. rritambhar's Avatar
      rritambhar -
      6.Undergarments - at least 15 pairs (very important)
      14. Handkerchiefs - 12 nos.

      STOP TROLLING AROUND !!!!
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      thanks a lot sir
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by rritambhar View Post
      6.Undergarments - at least 15 pairs (very important)
      14. Handkerchiefs - 12 nos.

      STOP TROLLING AROUND !!!!
      u dumb ass they are needed as we may not wash for 2 weeks u ignorant idiot
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      u dumb ass they are needed as we may not wash for 2 weeks u ignorant idiot
      soo true man .... the washing doesn't happen for 2 weks and not sure if all the laundry will be done even then .. !!!
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      very helpfull man thanks for your time and help! tc
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by Libin View Post
      what is IDP under Document list?
      international driving permit
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      What is the amount of Luggage permitted by the Air lines.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      IDP documents means your GRE and TOEFL scores as those exams are taken by IDP.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      (14) Final Year Project Report
      (15) Syllabus Copies

      What these two means?
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      What is the amount of Luggage permitted by the Air lines.
      23kgs×2 = 46kgs check in,
      7kgs cabin bag,
      Laptop bag
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      IDP documents means your GRE and TOEFL scores as those exams are taken by IDP.
      You are a genius
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