Predeparture Checklist

Yippeee! Congratulations!   You have bagged that admission at your favourite University, your Canadian Student Visa is all good to go, and your flight tickets are waiting at your desk just for you to board the flight! What more is left, you say? Well, now comes the most important task – to pack all essentials you will be requiring and step into a new journey to Canada! Shoes, charger, trimmer, jackets, so much to carry! In between the hustle-bustle of packing all these items, you might forget the most important item whose absence might itch your brain or important medicines without which you might not have a pleasant stay

Here we have listed out a complete checklist of your must-carry items for the big leap! Feel free to ignore anything which is not required.

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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 carry all the recent medical-related documents, certificates, and signed medical prescriptions when you fly. Surf 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.



Casuals2 - 4
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
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


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


Universal Adaptor 1
Spike Buster1
Scientific Calculator 1
Shaving Kit1


Plates1 - 2
Tumbler1 - 2
Spoons and Forks1 - 2
Frying pan with lids1(Also available in your dorm)
Masala Box1
Ladles1 - 2
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


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


Note Books
Staples and Pins
Cello Tapes
Punching m/c Files


Razor/shaving kit
Shaving foam/gel
Body Lotion
Toothbrush and paste
Hair oil/gel
Bar soap for washing
Washing powder(Available in Canada)
Tissue papers (For initial Use)
  • 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 Pepsi or a KitKat!
  • 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 in your first few days.
  • Label any homemade masalas you will be carrying. You might be even asked about it at the airport security check.
  • No food or liquids are to be taken in the cabin baggage. So, pack them in your check-in baggages.
  • Passport size photos are a little costly 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 (just in case). This is again not cheap in Canada.

Spending unnecessarily on shopping is really pointless as we might not even use every item we’ve bought, when we are in Canada. Shop smart and save cash & space only for your essentials.

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 want.
  • Light-weight: As you are all set for a long journey, seeing your bag tear/trolley wheels break while travelling is the last thing you want.
  • Dimensions: Check the dimensions of the bag and its shape. It must match with the descriptions mentioned by the airlines.

The Final Packing

  • Pack briefly and weigh all the bags repeatedly to make sure they do not exceed the baggage weight limit.
  • Leave behind any identification mark/luggage tag 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. It is quite expensive in Canada 😉
  • 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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