Study Abroad: Pre-departure Checklist

June 27, 2022

Neha Borah

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Receiving your ticket to study abroad at your desired university can be really enthralling. It is a beginning of a new life, a new journey. This entire process requires some thorough preparation and dedication. The preparation includes the availability of the verified documents and a proper packing anthem with all your necessities. It is not very convenient to miss out on your essentials and buy them in the new place with the double amount. To offer you some guidance, we have crafted a list.


> Documents that are related to your abroad travel.

> Some quantity of (regularly or randomly used) medicines and a first aid box along with the doctor’s prescription (if any).

> Local currency of the foreign country you are planning to travel to.

> Electronic gadgets and Mobile applications that are essential for both your work and entertainment purposes.

> A proper set of clothing according to the weather and your convenience.

> A list of basic Toiletries for everyday use.

> Personal documents or items that are essential to you.

> Miscellaneous according to your requirements. (if needed).

> An appropriate & spacious luggage bag to carry all your essentials.

> Contact the country you are flying to and make all the arrangements in order to avoid any kind of hassle after landing.


Documents that are mandatory for your travel


It comes without saying that your travel documents are of the utmost importance and come first on the list. Having the proper documents will help students successfully fly, conduct immigration check-ins, board, and proceed with post-departure formalities. Being prepared beforehand is imperative. Here is a list of all the travel documents you should carry with you:

  1. Passport
  2. Credit cards
  3. Requisite Visa
  4. College admission proof
  5. Health insurance proof
  6. Flight ticket
  7. COVID-19 test report (Applicable for the pandemic phase)
  8. Student card
  9. Accommodation proof
  10. Enrolment confirmation


Medications along with prescriptions


You should carry a reasonable quantity of any prescribed medication. In the new country, it might not be possible to find the same brand. Medical assistance will be provided to international students in the event of an emergency. It is also very crucial to have your prescriptions ready in order to avoid any kind of last-minute hassle. Here is a list of common medications you should carry with you:

  1. Paracetamol
  2. Antacids
  3. Painkillers
  4. Anti-allergies
  5. Antiseptic
  6. Bandages
  7. Cough syrup
  8. Ointments


Local currency


If you are moving abroad, it is a smart idea to acquire some local currency. Most countries accept Visa and MasterCard. The currency exchange offices, foreign exchange centers, and airport kiosks are all easy places to acquire local currency.  Get a general understanding of the local currency by conducting your own research. Make sure to carry enough cash with you to cover your expenses and necessities.


Electronic Gadgets & Mobile Applications


Nowadays, electronic devices are indispensable. Traveling today would be impossible without gadgets such as mobile phones, laptops, headphones, tablets, and so on. Generally, there are different outlets in hostels, accommodations, and dormitories than at home. It is smart to purchase your items prior to moving to a new country, as you will have a hard time finding anything once you arrive at your destination.

Although some electric items are not recommended because the voltage abroad is different from that in India. It will work as long as it has a mode for 120 volts (USA) or 230 volts (India) Otherwise, it won’t work as efficiently. Therefore it is very important to stick with the basic and crucial items only. Below are some of the most critical electronic devices to take with you:

  1. Mobile phones
  2. Headphones
  3. Tablet
  4. Chargers
  5. Laptop
  6. USB cable


An appropriate set of Garments                                                                                          

Bringing your clothes from home will greatly reduce your costs. A proper set of variety in clothes is beneficial for different environments and occasions. The priority should be given to the weather, comfort, and material. Some of the essential clothing items you should pack include:

  1. Jeans
  2. Hoodies
  3. Pyjamas
  4. Sweater
  5. Jackets
  6. Workout outfits
  7. Activewear
  8. Accessories
  9. Flip flops
  10. Running shoes
  11. Heels
  12. Formals
  13. Scarves
  14. Mufflers
  15. Caps or hats




This category suggests a list of basic items that are essential for our daily use. Although hair styling gadgets are not recommended because they consume a great deal of electricity and electricity can be quite expensive in foreign countries. Among the most important items to have are:

  1. Hairbrush
  2. Hair comb
  3. Toothbrush
  4. Deodorant
  5. Cosmetic items
  6. Contact lenses
  7. Tissues
  8. Razors (Carry them in your checked-in luggage)
  9. Mask
  10. Hand sanitizer
  11. Toothpaste
  12. Face wash


Personal items or documents


We all acquire certain kind of material or document that is personal as well as important to us. They vary from person to person and for that reason, we have included a list of common items under this category.

  1. Masks and sanitizers
  2. Basic kitchen-related items that are essential to you
  3. Basic stationery items
  4. Other documents, achievements, or certificates.
  5. Your favorite photograph, bookmark, book, poster, etc.




This category of items is not as essential as the others. The decision depends on you on whether you wish to carry it along or not.  They include the following:

  1. Essential jewelry
  2. Bed sheets
  3. Pillows
  4. Sleeping bag
  5. Educational supplies
  6. Purse
  7. Backpack
  8. Towel
  9. Water bottle
  10. Sunglasses
  11. Books
  12. Journals
  13. Watch


Baggage that is durable and reliable 

You should always choose a luggage bag that is spacious and sturdy. The bag should be large enough to accommodate all your essential items without any difficulty. Moreover, it should be of superior quality so that you don’t have to worry about its durability halfway through your trip.


Let us provide you with some quick checklists:

  1. Ensure that you have all your documents ready and updated along with their photocopies.
  2. Collect all the important contact details.
  3. Keep a local sim card of the country you are traveling to ready.
  4. Leave your prior space in a sincere and careful manner. Double check each room.
  5. Stay in touch with the people from the country you are traveling to.
  6. Keep your gadgets charged.
  7. Make a list of all the essential items you need to carry.


Let’s Wrap Up!


Being a tad bit tricky and confusing, packing may cause an innumerable amount of confusion and questions. At one time you might miss some important item or at the other, you might be confused about what to carry and what not to. To clear all your confusion and hassle, we have created a checklist that could help you in revisiting your plan and modifying it in an easy manner.


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