THINGS TO GET
Although you get most of the spices here, I suggest you get enough to last one month. This is just
to ensure that you don’t have to worry about food in your first month here, when you’ll be
Some of the spices I can think of are : Turmeric powder, Coriander powder, Red Chilly powder,
Channa Masala, Biryani Masala, Jeera, Mustard seeds, Urad Dal, Chana Dal, Chicken Masala,
Garam Masala, Asafoetida powder, Tuvar Dal, Khada Masala, Dried Red Chillies, Dried kadi
patta, Rasam powder, Sambhar powder
Get some homemade pickles!
Ready To Eat
Maggi Noodles – Not too many. Maybe a few that could crawl into the vacant spaces of your
Parampara ready-to-make masala (highly recommened for non vegetarians): Get loads of these.
Will be very useful when you don’t really have the time to cook!
Upma – MTR packets (as per your taste buds!)
If you have decided on roommates, you could share the burden amongst yourselves.
– Pressure Cooker with a couple of extra valves & gaskets (those black rubber rings you put on
the inner edge of the cooker)
– 2 or 3 nonstick vessels to make curries (with a covering lid)
– One nonstick pan (tava) to make chapatis, omelets.
– One tea making vessel (boil water n stuff) with plastic handle
– Frying pan
– One small vessel to put tadka
– Serving spoons. Flat and for curry (more the merrier)
– Plate if you are particular
– Tea strainer
– Vessel with compartments to put all the frequently used spices
– Double size bed-sheet (Its always good to buy one)
– 2 pillow covers
– Blanket – which is not very heavy… Just for the summer months. Once you are here you have to buy a
comforter to combat the severe weather!
– Alarm clock – jeez.. you could use your phone.
– Chap stick, Vaseline
– Hair Oil
– Bathroom slippers
– Umbrella (The ones here are useless)
– Swiss knife – small one : Special mention: This thing has come more handy than anything else for me!
– Deo (Can you believe it, you don’t have much choice here in spray deos!)
Well, you can buy everything in the US. The idea of getting atleast one of each is to avoid initial
expenditure when you are here.
– Lots of pairs of socks (try getting woolen ones. Walmart u get cheap/bad ones. other places are very
-Thermals -Jockey brand. Entire set- atleast 2 (very very useful in the winter!)
– Pullovers, sweatshirts if you have any – get a couple of them, not more. Once you are here, you will buy
the snow jackets and overcoats (Don’t even try buying the heavy ones anywhere else)
– Other clothes you’d know best : Like get a couple of pair of jeans n stuff.
– Floaters – You don’t get ‘em here
– A Business Suit – for interviews, career fairs or other events. Its kinda expensive here.
* Do not get a lot of winter clothing. No matter how hard you try, you will never clothes in India warm
enough to combat the US cold. So just get a couple of jackets/pullovers to get you through the initial
months. Around November, you can get some good deals for warm snow jackets/snow boots and
other winter gear. Moreover, you will not be wasting that precious suitcase space with huge
– The usual ones for cough, cold, indigestion, stomach upset vomiting sensation, stomach ache.
– Moov /Relispray /Deep heat
– Get a nice leather folder for your interviews (where u can have a notepad, pouch for documents,