Excited to move to the USA for studies? Of course, You should be, as it is a golden opportunity for you. We know you must be tense about packing and arrangements before leaving the country. Don’t worry, In this article, we will help you to take all your essential without forgetting. Know here Checklist Before going to Study in USA.

Checklist Before Going to Study in USA

Documents Needed To Travel To USA

To be on the safe side, you have to carry all the related documents with you to the USA. Below is a list of essential documents that all international students who plan to study in USA need to take along with them to avoid any complications during their stay in the USA:


1. University-specific Documents

  • University-specific letters like admits, aid, forms.
  • Original transcripts
  • Syllabus copies
  • Immunisation documents 
  • SEVIS fee receipt
  • I-20

2. Travel documents

3. Educational Documents

  • Original mark sheets
  • Attested mark sheets
  • Degree certificate
  • Final year project report
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Standardised/entrance exam score sheet such as TOEFL, GMAT etc

Packing list to study abroad in USA - Basic Essential Clothes

You cannot take all the clothes along with you to the USA. However, when you have a limited budget, taking clothes from your country instead of buying new clothes in the USA will help you. Hence, here is the checklist of essential clothing that each international student needs to carry with them to the USA.

  1. T-shirts 
  2. Jeans 
  3. Formal shirts 
  4. Formal trousers 
  5. Undergarments 
  6. Formal suit 
  7. Ties 
  8. Shorts/three-fourths
  9. Track pants
  10. Traditional dress for festivals

Traveling to USA Checklist For International Students: Extra Apparels

Along with the clothes, there are some basic apparels you need to take along with you to the USA. These are the everyday things. Check the below list and collect the things accordingly: 

  1. Towels 
  2. Hand towels 
  3. Belt for jeans 
  4. shoes 
  5. Sports shoes (optional) 
  6. Sunglasses 
  7. Socks
  8. Sweater 
  9. A light jacket 
  10. A good umbrella 
  11. Handkerchiefs 
  12. Bedsheets 
  13. Blanket
  14. Pillow covers 
  15. A good wallet 
  16. A wallet for passport

Essential Electronics to carry to the USA for studies:

Electronic gadgets, today’s life is next to impossible to live without these. You will get access to several electronic gadgets in the USA. However, buying one in a country like the USA is not a cheap affair. Hence, till the time you become financially independent, here are a few basic electronic items that every student needs to carry to the USA.

  1. Pen drive
  2. USB keyboard and mouse
  3. Wristwatch.
  4. Laptop and charger 
  5. Digital Camera
  6. A headphone with a mic
  7. Cell phone and charger 

Essential Personal Care Products required in USA

It is extremely important to take care of personal hygiene, especially while studying abroad in USA. It is always better to carry the personal care products which are part of your routine while travelling to study in USA. Here is a list of certain personal care products which the students should carry while travelling to the USA.

  1. Toothpaste 
  2. Toothbrushes 
  3. Soap 
  4. Shampoo 
  5. Shaving razor(for guys) 
  6. Shaving foam 
  7. Good clean combs
  8. Cold cream
  9. Hair oil 
  10. Deodorant
  11. Nail cutter
  12. Earbuds
  13. Sunscreen 
  14. Lip balm
  15. Makeup
  16. Tissues

Checklist Before Studying in USA:  Kitchen Essentials

Due to the high cost of living in certain hostels of universities in USA, a lot of international students prefer to live outside the campus.The main concern for for such students is food. Most students who study in the USA cannot afford to spend money on buying food, daily due to budget limitations. Hence, most of them prefer to cook their own meals. In that case, carrying some basic kitchenware from your home country will help you. Here is a list of kitchen essentials that you may need in the USA.

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

Here we end our Checklists of going to USA for further studies. 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 the USA. Do take all the medication required for your better health.


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