What are the essential items for students traveling abroad?

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If you are travelling for the first time, there is a lot of clutter when packing the luggage. There is confusion about which items to purchase.

Below, I have covered most of the items. If you have any doubts, you can ask in the comment section.

Here is the list of all the necessary items:

1. Travel Bags -(check-in baggage/Large bags)

Most airlines allow 2 bags with a max 23kg weight each. Some flights allow 3 bags for students(please check when you book the ticket)

My suggestion:
PP bags are strong, safe and is flexible. Cloth bags has zip outer side, anyone can open and keep anything, may not be safe as PP bag.

2. Cabin Bag(Small carry bag):

consider a small bag compared to the above one. Most airlines allow only 7kg weight(including bag).
You need to carry this bag along with you on the flight. But, sometimes if they ask you need to submit this bag along with the check-in bag.

My suggestion:
Consider PP bag or Cloth bag. Most probably this bag will be with you when travelling. Even after, you can use this as travel bag when you go to small trips.

Aristocrat Harbour 55 Cms Small Cabin Plastic Hard Sided 8 Wheels 360 Degree Rotation Luggage- Suitcase, Blue Blue Cabin | 55 cm | Small
  • 1. Made of PP shell for extra strength and durability
  • 2. Duplex wheels for smooth maneuvering
  • 3. Fixed combination lock
  • 4. Full fabric convipack
  • 5. Superior silver trolley

3. Backpack(laptop bag):

Most airlines allow laptop bags along with the above cabin bag. And they consider 7kg weight along with above cabin bag. But, airlines ignore laptop bags mostly.

Real-life scenario:
– One of my brother’s friends has exceeded this limit and has over 15kg of luggage(cabin + laptop bag). Airport staff said they allow only 10kg but he needs to pay for an extra 5kg. When he mentioned he was a student, they allowed 12kg and charged for extra 3kgs and he paid the amount for it. (Extra weight will be generally costly- almost double the courier cost).
– I would advise purchasing a backpack with strong durability. And I recommend gods, which my brother also purchased.

My suggestion:
Gods backpack(8 years warranty)(default 1 yr, register for extra 7 years when product received).
– Buy from official website ( https://www.roadgods.com/ ) to get free goodies and use coupon code GODS to get 12% discount on the checkout.
– You can buy from amazon also, but you wont receive free goodies.

4. TSA Lock:

Full form of TSA is Transportation Security Administration. when ever you travel somewhere, there is a chance to check your bag by the security. With TSA lock airport authority can easily open the lock and check your bag. If not, there is a high chance that your bag may cut open.
– You set number password and only airport authority has public key that they can open any bag.
– If you had TSA lock, they just check and lock as it is.
– Buy this separately because check-in bags with TSA lock costs high price.
And also better to buy TSA for cabin bag aswell.

EzLife TSA Approved Lock 4 Digit Number Locks (Multicolour) - Pack of 3, Metal
  • → TSA Approved Locks allows TSA screeners to inspect your luggage without damaging the locks
  • → 4 (Four) Digit combination makes it impossible for the theif to open
  • → TSA Locks can also be used for anything that a padlock could be used for, such as: Smaller lockers & cabinets, cases & bags, chains, hasps and more.
  • → EzLife TSA approved luggage locks are made and tested to withstand the rigors of travel
  • → Locks are constructed with a solid metal , are enhanced by a chrome plated steel shackle, and are TSA Accepted / Travel Sentry Approved. This means TSA airport security can open, inspect, and re-secure your baggage without cutting the lock off, ensuring your belongings stay safe through your journey.

5. Waist bag for passport/documents:

keep all the documents handy. (all the documnets taken to visa interview)
Waist bag can be fitted as belt and is very handy while travelling

GoTrippin Waist Bags for Men Women- Premium Stitching, Branded Zippers, Waterproof pocket, RFID safe- Large Fanny pack for Hiking Travel Camping Running Sports Outdoors, Money Belt with Adjustable Strap (Polyester,Black)
  • Spacious with multiple pockets: It is a trendy waist pouch with 4 separate zipper pockets of different size for all your needs;the largest pocket of this side bag can easily hold a small water bottle or a wallet; Other pockets in this belt bag can conceal your money, mobile, coins, glasses, and other tourist accessories
  • Water resistant RFID material: Made of premium water resistant polyester with RFID security in the front pocket, this waist bag is sturdy and provides protection to your passport and cards; It'll make a great addition for your daily errands and outdoor activities, perfect for walking, running, biking,cycling, hiking, travelling, tour, festivals, fairs, concerts and farmers market etc
  • International branded zippers: Zippers are a very important component of any chest bag for men and should never be compromised; This money bag uses premium SBS zipper which are used by stylish and global fashion brands
  • Adjustable strap: The flexible strap, with strong and reliable buckle, ranges from 20.0-46.0 inches(including the bag) and can be adjusted to accommodate a fluffy man or woman or even very skinny men or women; Easily and quickly adjusts to whatever length you need and will remain at your chosen length without loosening; It can be worn on body as chest bag for men, side bags for men, waist pouch for men, hip bag or money bag for men
  • Waterproof back pocket: The last pocket at the back of this fanny bag for men has waterproof inner lining and waterproof zipper; So no need to worry about keeping essential men's travel accessories like passport, mobile phone, documents and money safe in rain

6. Sealing machine:

You need to consider purchasing sealing machine at home.
When it is for first time, there is lot of hurry. this can be used anytime at home.
Anyways when you consider outside, packaging cost will be almost comes around the machine cost. Better to buy the sealing machine.

ENEM Sealing Machine, 10 Inch (250 mm), With 1 Year Warranty, With Full Customer Support, Plastic Packing Machine, Pepsi Pouch Sealing Machine, Heat Sealer Machine, Plastic Pouch Sealing Machine Sealing Machine 10 inch - 250 mm
  • 📞【UTMOST CUSTOMER SUPPORT】: 24 hours WhatsApp, at ENEM, we try our best to provide great experience to you. For any reason, if you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you may return the machine for a service or exchange within 1 year of purchase. Providing lifetime manufacturer’s support, in case of any trouble just call/WhatsApp us on +91 9958404521.
  • ⭐【MADE IN INDIA! IMPROVED SEALING MACHINE】: ENEM sealing machine is proudly Made in India! We have used high quality transformer + High Quality Plug + heavy gauge wire so ensures good performance and optimum safety.
  • ⭐【SUPPORT ALL HEAT SEALABLE MATERIAL BAGS】: This is a perfect sealer to seal foil, mylar, chip, cellophane, snack, kraft, tea, polyester, P.V.A., pliofilm, tivac, saran and all other heat sealable material bags, which is ideal for household, retail, produce, grocery stores, and industrial sealing. TOP INDIAN QUALITY - so you can buy with confidence and sealing happily ever after.
  • ⭐【ADJUSTABLE TIMER SETTING】: Adjustable heat settings for the different materials being used. For most applications, using the impulse heat sealer at heat setting of 3 is sufficient. However, different temperature settings will be more suitable for certain materials of a higher or lower melting point or thickness. The adjustable timer makes it easy to seal a variety of packaging. For example: General Plastic Bags (0-2), Aluminium Foil Bags (2-3) & Plastic Paper Bags (2-3).
  • ⭐【AUTO – POWER OFF PROTECTION】: ENEM Plastic Packing Machine remains in standby mode when not used, thereby not utilizing power. Only when same is used for sealing, power is consumed.

7. Packing covers:

Purchase thick and white covers for packing the items. at least buy 50 packs or 1/2 kg of covers.
– If you find these packing covers offline, purchase from the offline store. In the last option consider purchasing from the below link.

G 1 Pouches | Clear Transparent Packing Bags | Size 7" X 10" | Pack of 100 Pieces | Plastic Poly propylene | PP | For Dry Fruit Packing 1 7" X 10"
  • Transparent Clear and heat sealable that protects the contents from Dust, Bugs and Moisture
  • Crystal Clear Plastic Bags for Packaging of Chocolates, Candies, Sweets, Powder Food, Nuts, Diwali Gifts, Jewellery and Most Other Things
  • Use Poly-Bag Sealers for a Quick, Easy Seal, Can Also Be Twist Tied Using a String or Rubber Band
  • Different in size according to your needs
  • Useful For Packing of almost anything

8. Pressure cooker(induction based) :

Steal utensels are costlier in foreign countries. better take one from home country. In a typical household, pressure cooker is daily need.

Pigeon By Stovekraft 14502 Induction Base Outer Lid Stainless Steel Pressure Cooker, 5 Liter, Silver Medium 5 Litre
  • Long Lasting Body
  • Ergonomic User Friendly handle
  • Sturdy Stainless Steel Body
  • Precision Weight Valve
  • Metallic Safety Plug

9. Pan(3 set – induction based):

This contains 3 types of pan used to prepare different dishes. You can cook different dishes with different utensils. Also this is induction based.

Milton Pro Cook Kitchen Pride Plus Set of 5 (Fry pan 24 cm/1.6 litres; Kadhai 24 cm/2.5 litres with Glass lid; Tawa 25 cm), Maroon | Induction | Dishwasher | Hot Plate | Flame Safe Maroon Set of 5
  • Color: Maroon; Material: Aluminium; Package Content: 3 - Pieces Kitchen Jewel Plus Set (1 - Piece Fry Pan, 24 cm; 1 - Piece Kadhai with Glass Lid, 24 cm; 1 - Piece Tawa, 25 cm 1 - Piece Nylon Laddle; 1 - Piece Nylon Spatula
  • This is PFOA Free non-toxic and lightweight, you can enjoy food absolutely worry-free. It has 5 layers of Non-stick coating which requires less oil. This kitchen set has nylon ladle and spatula for better serving and cooking
  • This kitchen set has attractive exterior colour which can suit the kitchen decor. This kitchen set is Friendly with gas stove as well as induction cooking, it is a flexible fit for your kitchen
  • The kadhai has glass lid with steam vent for retaining moisture for cooking. Ergonomically designed detachable handles to save space in your kitchen.
  • These cookwares are designed to survive your daily use, perfect for high heat with minimum oil or buttercream for those into a healthy diet. This kitchen set is dishwasher safe

10. Steel utensils:

Bowl for microwave – 3 or 4 bowls
induction-based milk utensil(for boiling milk) – 1 or 2
Steel plate – 2 plates
Steel spoons – 1 set

If there is an option, purchase small items offline(nearby store). You can check the quality with your hands. Otherwise you can order online from below items.

11. Medicine with prescription:

Always take prescription with the generic medicines. You can consult doctor and tell them you are travelling to abroad and they will give you prescription and generic medicines(prescription should on printed and not written)

12. Vacuum pump and cover:

While travelling , you will have limited space in the luggage bag. To store more items in little space you need to consider this item. These are really useful for international travel and to store more items in small space, especially clothes.

Amazonbasics Vacuum Compression Storage Bags With Hand Pump - 15-Pack (2 X-Jumbo, 5 Jumbo, 4 Large, 4 Medium)
  • Set of heavy-duty plastic vacuum compression storage bags
  • Compress bulky textiles, clothing, linens, and more at an 80% size reduction
  • Protects items from moisture, dirt, insects, mold, odors, and more
  • Hand pump included, or connect to any standard vacuum cleaner hose for faster results
  • Heavy-duty valve and double seal zipper for air tight protection

13. Footwear:

When you go to the airport, wear shoes with heavy weight and keep lightweight shoes in the bag to save some weight.
– Do not compromise on the quality of shoes or sneakers

Woodland shoe – strong and you can wear for long travel.

White shoes – It looks good on any combination of clothes. For men and women, buy white shoes and the only thing is you need to maintain them regularly. From fashion wise, these are best.
Don’t buy rubber shoes, they won’t last long.

Crocs – This is the most valuable in your luggage, you can literally wear it anywhere. In my footwear, crocs are the most used and comfortable daily. If you have budget constraints, go with svaar clogs.(I use the same). These are unisex.

14. Luggage weighing scale:

You can check your luggage weight at home so that there won’t be any problem at the airport.

Themisto TH-WS10 Digital Luggage Scale with Target Value Setting (50kg), Silver
  • High-accuracy sensor and rubber-textured handle surface. Capacity: 110lb/50kg, Graduation: 0.1lb/50g
  • Avoid Overweight Fees: Hook your suitcased for instant weight and save time before you wait in line
  • Built for Travel: Weight before you go and fit the scale in pockets without adding excessive weight
  • Tare and auto-off functions included to preserve both time and energy; Low battery and overload indication; Automatically lock weight results
  • Target Value Setting: The Readings turn to red after target value is reached.
  • Portable LCD Electronic Balance digital scale .Small and Light, Making it Convenient to Carry and Use. stores easily in your pocket or tackle box .
  • 110lb/50kg capacity with 5g or 10g accuracy; LCD screen displays weight in g/kg/lb/oz
  • Convenient weighing unit switch, data lock . Over load indication, auto power off after 120 seconds without any operation.Easy to Use.
  • Stainless steel hook concealed in the back slot, durable to use .
  • Blue LCD back light, easy to read value at day and night

15. Clothes:

Once check all the clothes you have at home, make a count. Based on that purchase only what is required.
Formal, informal, track pants, shorts, jeans and whatever is needed.
Consider a couple of traditional clothes.
For sweaters or woollen clothes – Don’t purchase from your native place, you can purchase one after you reach abroad. You can get it for less cost and more comfort.
Carry one sweater and cap handy, because inside flight will be cold.

16. Food items:

As I mentioned above the package covers and sealing machine are for this purpose.
Prepare pickles/powders at home so that you won’t miss home food abroad.
Pack with at least two/three package covers for each liquid-based item like pickle. This typically avoids any leakage.

17. Snacks/Instant food:

Not to hesitate, pack items which are ready to eat for at least a few days.
Till you get habituated to abroad food. You can easily survive a few days on home food.
If you are from India, pack all the Maggi packets where there is space in the luggage.

18. Electronics:

Earphones, power bank (Not more than 27000 mah), chargers, and mainly travel adaptor.
– Quality is really important in electronics, I have curated the below items.
– Extension box is required if you are going for the first time. Purchase which is compatible with different countries.
Do not keep them in check-in. Carry with you. Keep all the electronic items in one place, it will become easy at the security check.

19. Toiletries:

Daily used items like shampoo, soaps, hair oil, sunscreen, comb and nail cutter.
– If you are from India, consider mamaearth for chemical-free products.
Go to mamaearth and use referral code SDGBCDBEQ to get Rs.100 in wallet.
or you can buy on amazon from the below items.

20. Earplugs:

This is not mandatory but very safe to keep it handy.
Some people may feel dizzy or uncomfortable due to pressure differences in their ears. For safety reasons, this is recommended.

BUENSUENO Earplanes New Super Soft Adult Ear Plugs Airplane Travel Ear Protection 1 Pair
  • How EarPlanes Work
  • Inside every EarPlanes earplug is a small ceramic filter
  • During take-off and landing of a flight the CeramX filter slows the shift of air pressure that enters your ear
  • This more gradual change in air pressure exerts less stress on the eardrum, reducing overall ear discomfort

21. Stationery:

You can purchase Books, pens, pencils, a sharpener, an eraser and all needed for your studies.

22. International currency:

When you take a foreign travel card from a bank, ask them to provide International currency too.

23. Laptop:

Most of the colleges give students a laptop for the course of study but do not completely depend on this.
In any case, If you have a high-performance laptop, consider it to take with you. Otherwise better to purchase after going abroad.

Please avoid below items:

  1. white-coloured food items like salt, white rice, and sugar.
  2. Some countries keep restrictions on pulses and grains
  3. Most of the countries ban the farming produce like vegetables and fruits.
    (For imports and exports of the above products, companies  have proper licences)
  4. Any flammable items like perfumes, or deodorants.
  5. Most of the airlines do not allow outside water bottles. Not to worry, they will provide water during the flight. You can carry an empty water bottle.

Please check the above items with the airlines and the country you are visiting.


  • Check the dimensions of the baggage when you purchase to align with airline’s baggage conditions.
  • please do remember to take a little flexible bag(when you press on top, it should not too thick or too thin)
  • Do not keep pickles and powders in the cabin bag. Keep them in check-in luggage.
  • As there is a maximum weight limit, you and your roommates can share common things instead of bringing everyone everything. (like a pressure cooker, iron box, shared utensils, mixer grinder).
  • Everything can be found there – not to worry much(but a bit expensive)

All the above items I mentioned are based on my knowledge and experience. When my brother went to higher studies from India to USA, we considered purchasing all the above items.

In case if you want to add anything to this list or ask something, please do comment or reach me out on email.

Email: Sujith@GadgetsGala.com

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