Pre-Departure Checklist - MS In Canada

Now that you have bagged that admission at your dream university, your Canadian Student Visa is all good to go, and your flight tickets are booked, the next step is to pack all your essentials before you fly out. As you are making a long-term move and would need quite a lot of essentials, there is a chance that you may miss out on important items. In this article, we have attempted to create an exhaustive pre-departure checklist of your must-carry items and other basic things. Feel free to customize this to your requirements and ignore the ones that are not relevant to you.

Pre-Departure Checklist - MS in Canada

Now that you have bagged that admission at your dream university, your Canadian Student Visa is all good to go, and your flight tickets are booked, the next step is to pack all your essentials before you fly out. As you are making a long-term move and would need quite a lot of essentials, there is a chance that you may miss out on important items. In this article, we have attempted to create an exhaustive pre-departure checklist of your must-carry items and other basic things. Feel free to customize this to your requirements and ignore the ones that are not relevant to you.

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Health Checkup

Medical concerns might be a big concern your wallet when you go to Canada. This is really necessary, especially if you have any medical conditions. Visit your dentist, eye doctor, and your physician. Get a complete body check done. Do not forget to add all recent medical-related documents, certificates, and signed medical prescriptions to your pre-departure checklist. Browse online and make an enquiry if your prescribed syrups and pills are allowed in Canada. They can be little too strict on the approved medical drugs and syrups in their country.

Shopping

Clothing

ItemQuantityLinks
Casuals2 - 4
Pullover/Sweatshirts2
Winter JacketBuy in Canada
Thermal Wear1 - 2
Undergarments10 – 12
Gloves (woolen)2 pairs
Monkey cap1
Formal (shirts and Trousers)2
Ties1- 2
Handkerchiefs2 – 3
Belts1 – 2
Towels2
Traditional Wear1 – 2
Pillow Cover (For single Bed)2
Quilt1 (You can buy in Canada)
Socks7 Pairs
Woolen SocksBest to buy in Canada
Bed sheets(For single Bed)2

Shoes

ItemQuantityLinks
Winter Shoes1 (Woodland normally works)
Sports Shoes1
Bathroom Slippers1 - 2
Formal Shoes1 - 2
Shoe Lace2 -3

Electrical

ItemQuantityLinks
Universal Adaptor 1
Spike Buster1
Laptop1
Mouse1
Scientific Calculator 1
Shaving Kit1

Utensils

ItemQuantityLinks
Plates1 - 2
Tumbler1 - 2
Spoons and Forks1 - 2
Frying pan with lids1(Also available in your dorm)
Masala Box1
Ladles1 - 2
Knifes2
Cutting board1
Tea strainer1
Water Bottle1
Rolling Pin/Chapati maker1
Electric/Rice Cooker1
Slicer/Grater/Skin Peeler1
Utensils(For making Chapati/Dosa)1
Utensils(For making Coffee/tea)1

Masala

ItemLinks
Mustard/Jeera
Chilly Powder
Turmeric Powder
Garam Masala
Coriander Powder
Sabji /Curry powder
Sambar/Rasam Powder

Stationary

ItemList
Note Books
Pencil
Pen
Erasers
Scissors
Staples and Pins
Cello Tapes
Punching m/c Files

Toiletries

ItemLinks
Razor/shaving kit
Shaving foam/gel
Body Lotion
Shampoo
Toothbrush and paste
Hair oil/gel
Bar soap for washing
Washing powder(Available in Canada)
Tissue papers (For initial Use)
  • Initially, make a checklist of everything you have to carry and want to carry. As you pack, you may realize that it is impossible to carry everything. Remove items from your checklist and bag accordingly.
  • Carry all your pills and syrups along with prescriptions signed by your physician. You might need to show it for the security check at the airport.
  • Carry a few 1 or 2 Canadian Dollar coins for immediate use at the airport. You might need to use the vending machines for a quick snack.
  • As soon as you reach Canada, it might take a while to be familiar with your neighbourhood and look for supermarkets or get the groceries you need. Pack a few ready-to-eat food items like Maggi, soup powders, Pulav mix etc. which will feed you during your first few days.
  • Label any homemade masalas you will be carrying and pack them in airtight containers/zip-locks. You might be even asked about it at the airport security check.
  • No food or liquids are to be taken in the cabin baggage, pack them in your check-in baggage. Some airlines may allow light dry snacks in your cabin luggage, do check with the airlines before flying out.
  • Passport size photos are expensive in Canada, and strolling all around the city for a photo studio might be a trouble. Bring a few additional photos from India.
  • Your residence at Canada might mostly have yellow bulbs only. If you prefer white light, you can carry a few 25W CFL bulbs.
  • If you use spectacles, get yourself an additional pair. This is again not cheap in Canada.

Once you are done with packing, create a final pre-departure checklist of everything you are carrying and which bags they are in. Travelling can be cumbersome with a lot of luggage, having a pre-departure checklist will help you stay organized and stress-free.

Spending unnecessarily on shopping is pointless. Shop smart and save cash and space.

Travel Bags

There are three things you should look for, while buying your travel bags:

  • Good Quality : As you are all set for a long journey, seeing your bag tear/trolley wheels break while travelling is the last thing you would want.
  • Light-weight : Lugging along heavy baggage can not only be difficult for you, it can also reduce the number of items you can carry. Look for and buy light weight baggage.
  • Dimensions : Check the dimensions of the bag and its shape. It must match with the descriptions mentioned by the airlines.

The Final Packing Checklist

  • Weigh all the bags repeatedly to make sure they do not exceed the baggage weight limit.
  • Add identification marks/luggage tags on each of your bags.
  • Make sure all your valuables, your relevant documents, and your air-tickets are kept in your handbag.
  • Get a haircut done before you leave. These can be expensive in Canada.
  • Make a checklist of all your documents so you do not forget important ones behind. Leave a copy of all the original records & documents back home with your family.
  • Write down all the important contact numbers including your senior's/institution’s phone number and the route to your place of residence at Canada.
  • Write down all the important contact numbers (including your senior's/institution’s phone number) and the route to your place of residence at Canada.

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