Things to pack
- Copy of all Certificates/Documents (originals in hand baggage)
- Some necessary stationery and related items suggested (airmail covers, Indian postal stamps etc)
- Medical history files
- You can carry some necessary vessels if you intend to cook yourself.
- Some dry food stuff for initial few months
- Summer is pretty hot, shorts and T-shirts are the normal, with a good pair of sneakers (sports shoes). Jeans are standard. A couple or more of decent trousers and dress shirts and a pair of formal shoes. Also, one or two traditional Indian dresses for guys and saris for the ladies. Chappals/sandals and slippers. Bring lots of underwear as people do laundry once every 1 or 2 weeks. Clothes do not get dirty or soiled easily over here. It's upto the individual how much he or she wants to bring, the above is just a minimum.
- Winter is very cold, normally people dress in 2-3 layers. A t-shirt, with a sweat-shirt on top, and then a thick coat or a jacket. This suffices even on the coldest days. Bring at least one sweater and one thick jacket/coat. Do not buy heavy leather jackets. If you want to bring one then buy a light weight jacket. Bring a suit if you want to. It can be very helpful in some cases.
Things to be kept in Hand Baggage
- Novels/magazines/books for in-flight reading
- Original important documents
- Enough money (little cash, travelers' checks)
- Address book/phone book (Indian & Australian)
- Copies of your photo (passport size)
- Enlisted steps to be followed in case of emergency (accident, theft, etc)
- Things to survive for a week in case luggage gets misplaced (two sets of clothes, valuables like calculator etc).
Things to be kept with you
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- Receipt got along with travelers' checks - in case you lose the TC's
- Contact addresses - especially of people coming to pick you up.
Things to be left at home
- List of addresses/phone numbers at which info about you can be obtained
- Copy of all your important documents, a copy of all relevant parts of Medical History files, arrange to collect/redirect mail from your room/hostel, Arrange to apply/collect/mail your transcripts (about 20 in number preferable), your tailoring measurements, a few blank signed papers - so that your parents can be authorized to look after anything on your behalf.
Things to be done in the last week before the flight
- Call up & find if there is any delay or change of schedule of the plane
- Inform the people coming to pick you up of any such change
- Rest well - ready to face the long journey/jet lag bid bye to all concerns.
On the day of the flight - in-flight + later
- Since it is going to be a long flight wear something comfortable (cotton dress + full hand shirt).
- Wear your shoes - in-flight you can remove them (some airlines give in-flight shoes - else relax in socks),
- Be at the airport 3-4 hours before flight departure, collect AUD$20 at the airport (part of it in $1)
- Relax during flight, sleep as much as possible
- For vegetarians - watch out before you eat - you may get non-veg even if you had asked for veg.
- Veg. food is generally bland - fruits/juice are good choices. (Before ordering anything on board check if you have to pay for it separately for it).
- Don't hesitate to ask questions. Once out of India be very careful (from sheer experience of seniors). Don't trust anyone.
- Don't hire a taxi (unless emergency) till you reach your destination. If required don't hesitate to spend money. Don't hesitate to talk to people to ask questions - usually they will answer all your queries properly.