After receiving enrollment from a Canadian university, the next step is to prepare a packing list. This is a challenging task to decide what to include and what not in your checklist. Since you have to spend months or years in a new country, it is important to plan wisely. This article presents you with the Checklist Before going to Study in Canada.

Checklist Before Going to Study in Canada

Documents Needed To Travel To Canada

The first and the foremost important thing to include in the packing list for international students going to study in Canada is to pack all essential documents. Also, have photocopies of all the important documents too. Here is the list of documents you may require on the journey to Canada.

Travel Documents

  • Passport
  • Student Visa
  • Credit Card
  • Airticket
  • Boarding Pass
  • Student Card
  • Copy of travel health insurance
  • Enrollment confirmation from the university
  • Fee receipt for accommodation allotted

Other Documents

  • University-specific letters like admits, aid, forms.
  • Original transcripts and Marksheets
  • Attested mark sheets
  • Degree certificate
  • Final year project report
  • Portfolio
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Standardised exam score sheet such as IELTS, GMAT etc

Include Local Currency in your list 

You need to carry Canadian dollars with you, as this currency is used in Canada. The exchange currency can be done at airport kiosks, foreign exchange desks and private money exchange businesses. You can also get foreign currency cards and traveller’s checks for exchanges.


Essential Electronics to carry to Canada for studies

Electronic gadgets are also equally essential to carry to Canada. Following is the list of essential electronic items that should be included in the packing list for International students going to study abroad in Canada. 

  • Cell Phone
  • Laptop
  • Pen drive
  • Outlet Adaptors
  • USB Cables
  • Wristwatch
  • Digital Camera
  • Charges for phone, laptop, etc.

Packing list to study abroad in Canada- Basic Essential Clothes

The basic things students should pack in their luggage bag are Clothes. Without forgetting you have to take each essential cloth with you along with your routine dresses. The following are some of the Basic and important clothes you would require in Canada:

  • Daily wear outfits
  • Casual outfits
  • A jacket 
  • Raincoat 
  • Pair of shoes and shocks
  • Few pairs of undergarments
  • At least one business outfit
  • Towel
  • Napkins and handkerchiefs
  • Gloves and cap
  • Nightwear
  • Traditional dress for festival

Traveling to Canada Checklist For International Students: Toiletries

It is not possible to go shopping immediately after landing in Canada. You might also not find your choice of brand or its close alternative in Canada. Hence, it will be good if you carry some essential daily use items along with the luggage. Some of these items to include in the packing list of international students going to study abroad in Canada are as follows:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and soap
  • Deodorant or perfumes
  • Shaver, razor, shaving cream, comb
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Tissues and toilet papers
  • Makeup and some other basic grooming kit festivals

Checklist of Other Miscellaneous things to carry to Canada

These are not as mandatory as the above-mentioned essentials. So it is up to your needs whether you want to carry them from your home country or buy them from Canada. Some other items that can be included in the packing list for International students going abroad to Canada are mentioned below:

  • Backpack
  • Purse or wallet
  • Sunglasses
  • Contact lenses
  • Essential jewellery
  • Sleeping bag
  • A journal or diary
  • Bedsheets, pillows
  • Office supplies like paper, pen, folder, etc
  • Nail cutter
  • Earbuds
  • Sunscreen 
  • Lip balm
  • Makeup
  • Tissues

Checklist Before Studying in Canada:  Kitchen Essential

A lot of international students prefer to cook by themselves instead of having meals outside. If you are among them, then you need to carry some of the basic kitchen essentials with you to Canada. Here is a list of kitchenware essentials that you may need in Canada.

  1. Pressure cooker
  2. Pressure pan
  3. Serving spoons 
  4. Knives 
  5. Plates
  6. Vegetable chopping board
  7. Stainless Steel glasses
  8. Water bottle 

Once you are done with the above list, you are all set to go. If there are any items on these lists that may not be important for you, exclude them from your packing checklist. Getting your own luggage will further contribute to reducing your living expenses during your stay in Canada. 


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