Packing List for India

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India is a beautiful country located in Southeast Asia. The country is known for its landscape, beauty, and rich cultural heritage. Moreover, in terms of Education, India enjoys the 24th rank in the QS higher education system strength ranking. Besides, it boasts one of the largest education systems with the top-ranking university. Thus, it is due to this that India is one of the popular destinations among international students. So congratulation if you opt for India as your study destination. But you are wondering what all to pack and what to leave? Then worry not. As through this article, we will help and guide you in getting the complete packing list for India. So without any further delays, let’s start.

Packing List for India
Packing List for India

Moving out to an entirely new country is scary for several students. Moreover, the most stressful part of departing for a study abroad program is merely packing for it. Thus, with several challenges ahead, bringing the right things with you can help make sure you’re comfortable stay in the country. So keeping this in mind, planall has come up with the complete packing list for India. So let’s begin.

Things to keep in Mind

Before we move ahead with the packing list for India, there are few things that one must keep in mind. These are as follows:

  • The Climate/ weather of the country: It will help pick the clothes as per the climate.
  • What kind of a country is- conservative or liberal? It will further help in deciding what to wear and how to behave or live in the country.
  • The amount of luggage that an airline allows one to carry. 

OK, now let’s move into the main topic of the write-up – Packing List for India.

What all to pack

What all to pack
What all to pack

Packing for study abroad is the most crucial phase that all students go through. However, it is the most complicated and confusing part. Besides, people mostly tend to neglect it and leave it for the last. As a result, it leads to packing several unwanted items. Thus it leads to packing excessive luggage than required. Besides, sometimes you even forget to pack some essentials. So through this write-up, we have come up with a complete packing list for India. Thus, for your ease, we have divided the entire requirement into the following categories. These are:



Passport is the most essential document
Passport is the most essential document

It is a necessary document that one requires to go abroad. So it is hard for one to forget this document. However, one should check well in advance that your passport has plenty of blank pages and six months or more until it expires.

Student Visa

Visa is necessary to enter any foreign country
Visa is necessary to enter any foreign country

Depending on your country of study that one opts for, you will likely have to get a student visa. So, it will allow one to stay in the country for the full length of study. Besides, if applying for an undergraduate degree at an accredited university, the school will assist with the student visa process. It is not always the case, however, so make sure to ask. So if there is no help from the university, get straight onto the job of securing your student visa yourself.

Please note: For further details regarding the student visa, you can also check our blog on the visa guidelines for India. For this, you can check the following link

Travel Insurance 

We will suggest you make sure to get travel insurance. However, one must ensure that travel insurance comes along with full health coverage. So apart from providing health coverage, it also covers you against the loss of baggage, passport, and other essential documents.

Medical Insurance

We will advise making sure that your travel insurance includes full medical coverage. Else a medical emergency could end up costing a lot of money. So please be clear on what all one requires before departure. Moreover, one can also purchase coverage within the country, as in many cases, universities also offer medical insurance. Besides, keep all medical receipts and contact your provider as soon as any emergencies arise. 

Apart from the documents mentioned above, don’t forget to keep the following documents too.

  • University admission related papers and documents one has to submit. Such as identity card such as driver license, last exam scorecards/ results, reference letters, acceptance letter, etc 
  • International Scholarship, if applied, then what all documents are essential for it.
  • International Student Identity card (ISIC): one should ensure to carry ISIC cards with them. This card helps you to get several discounts in the country. 
  • One must carry copies of passport, cards, or any other vital documents. Besides, one must save them as JPEGs with a service like Gmail or Dropbox. So in case, anything gets lost or stolen, you’ll have details and documentation with you. 
  • Besides, one should also keep a list of banks and medical contacts so that you are aware of whom to talk to in an emergency.


Packing List for clothing
Packing List for clothing

India is a big tropical country and is famous for its diverse climatic features. Thus the climate varies from one region to another. So, one can choose clothing as per the area that they opt for their studies. Also, at what time of the year one is planning to move to the country may decide the clothing one should pack with them. Apart from all this, one should keep in mind that India is a conservative country. So the key is to dress conservatively, i.e., keep yourself covered. So let’s move ahead and see what one should include in their packing list for India in terms of clothing.

  • Skirts
  • Trousers/ jeans
  • T-shirts, both half and 3/4 sleeves
  • Tops
  • Sweater/ Cardigans
  • Winter jacket/ fleece
  • Rain jacket
  • Inner wears/ Undergarments
  • An outfit or two-party wear
  • Formal wear
  • Slippers/flip-flops depending on the climate
  • Comfortable everyday shoes
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Formal shoes
  • Socks
  • Towels


Packing List for Toiletries
Packing List for Toiletries

In India, you will get everything you need in terms of toiletries on sale in shops. However, you may struggle with finding specific brands. Thus, we will suggest you avoid carrying the big bottles of toiletries, as this will just add to the weight of your luggage. Thus, go for a small one that will last for a week or till you find a place to buy these products. So, now let’s check the packing list for India in terms of toiletries.

  • Sunscreen
  • Moisturizer
  • Insect Repellents
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Shower gels/ Soaps
  • Toothbrush/ Toothpaste
  • Deodorants
  • Wet wipes
  • Toilet Roll
  • Nail clipper
  • Feminine products
  • Cosmetics
  • Spare glasses
  • Contact lenses and their solution
  • Hand Sanitizers 


Packing List for Electronics
Packing List for Electronics
  • Laptops and Chargers with padded covers (to ensure safety)
  • USB flash drives
  • Mobile phone and chargers
  • Cameras with waterproof covers
  • Power Adapters
  • Portable power banks
  • Mp3 players/ I-pods 
  • Earphones


The official currency of India is the Indian Rupee. So carrying the local currency is essential. Besides, when converting your money, make sure to do it before getting to the airport, where exchange rates are not the best. Therefore, you can do it through your local bank, travel agents, or even a specialist online provider. Besides, to get the best rates, you can also check the price comparison websites. Though India has a modern economy and plastic is widely accepted, it is always worth to keep some cash in your wallet to avoid situations where cards aren’t welcome. Besides, that way, you’ll have money for transport and snacks as soon as you land. 

Do carry local currency with you
Do carry local currency with you

Apart from the cash, you should also have a bank account that one can access abroad with a cash card or credit card, through local ATMs or an international bank branch. However, most major banks are internationally recognized. But they will often charge a small fee every time you withdraw money or pay with your card. So, make sure your card is valid for the duration of your stay. Besides, there are maximum limits for withdrawal. Also, in the rural areas ATM’s are very rare so try to keep some cash with you

Apart from this, let your bank know about your travels before leaving to make sure your card isn’t blocked. Moreover, it is also wise to carry a backup card with a different bank. So, if possible, opt for one with online backing so you can transfer money into a working account if necessary. 

Please note: you can check the current foreign currency rates or value, through the following link


Carry Medicines with labels and prescription
Carry Medicines with labels and prescription

If you need regular medication, then you must carry them with you. However, it is your responsibility to ensure that all medication you are taking is legal and does not contain doping substances. Besides, it should be in its original container and should have appropriate labels. Also, it should have a prescription by a doctor listing the medication and why you are taking it. Moreover, there is a specific limitation on the number of medicines that one can carry into the country. 


Leaving the home country and staying in a completely new environment can lead to homesickness. So you will wish to keep in touch with your loved ones. Thus for that, you will need the calling cards or proper internet connection. 

Stay in touch with the loved ones
Stay in touch with the loved ones

Please Note: for further details on calling cards and the internet, you can check our blog on traveling and communication in India. For this, one can also check the following link:


  • A gift from home country for your friends 
  • A small backpack for daily use
  • Cross-body purse or secure wristlet to prevent theft
  • Small locks for lockers
  • Scarves, accessories, and jewelry (leave the expensive stuff at home)
  • Travel guidebook of India
  • Dual language dictionary/ local phrasebook 
  • Rain gear/ folding umbrella
  • First-aid Box (containing medicines for diarrhea, nausea, fever, and flu, etc.) 
  • Sewing Kit


  • We suggest you carry your essential documents and a pair of clothing in your handbag as there might be chances of getting luggage misplaced. Thus this will further help you in avoiding the worse situation.
  • Please don’t carry too much clothing. Try to bring the tops in different colors that can go with the maximum other dress.
  • In case you are carrying any medication with you, we will suggest that you take it in your hand luggage.
  • Avoid drinking tap water. So we will advise you to drink bottled water or much better boil the tap water before consumption.
  • Besides, we will suggest you decide about your accommodation before your arrival. It will further help you in avoiding the last-minute rush

Please note: for further information on the housing options available for students in India you can click the following link:

Thus to conclude, we hope this was informative enough. Besides, we hope that this will help you and guide you further in packing the items/things that are essential to survive in India. So happy packing! Also, wishing you all the best for your bright future.

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