Predeparture Checklist

So you have made it to this very last step and ready to start your Master studies in Germany. It is time for carrying out few remaining tasks to make sure that you are all ready for the big leap. But this also the time when you may forget something important; the time when a lot of small things can go wrong. So be patient and start early. This page gives a checklist of most of the things to cover prior to your departure in general. Feel free to ignore any information that is not relevant to you.

Health Checkup

It is a good idea to carry your recent medical examination certificates. This is important especially if you have any prior medical condition. Visit your dentist, eye doctor, and your physician and perform a complete checkup if possible.

Shopping

Clothing

ItemQuantityLinks
Casuals2 - 4
Pullover/Sweatshirts2
Winter JacketBuy in Germany
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 Germany)
Socks7 Pairs
Woolen SocksBest to buy in Germany
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 Germany)
Tissue papers (For initial Use)
  1. Carry the medicines along with the doctor's subscription. This may be required during airport security checkup.

  2. Carry few 1 or 2 euro coins for the trolleys at the airport.

  3. Ready to eat stuff like maggie, puliogare powder etc. will be of great help during initial few days.

  4. Use name stickers on homemade masala powders. This will help for airport security checkup.

  5. In general, you are not allowed to carry any food items or water bottle with you in the cabin bag. So put it all in the check-in bags.

  6. Biometric passport size photos are expensive in Germany. Bring few additional copies from India.

  7. Your living place is likely to have only yellow lights. If you prefer white light, you can bring 25W CFL bulbs.

  8. Take enough masalas to support yourself for at least 6 months. Depending on your city, you may or may not have an Indian store nearby. Even if you do, masalas are expensive.

  9. If you are interested in sports, you can carry sportswear, cricket bat etc.

  10. If you have a medical condition, do not forget to take specific medicines with you. Also, consult your physician about the alternate medicine which you can purchase in Germany.

  11. If you wear spectacles, bring an additional pair. This is again expensive in Germany.

One of the most common mistakes at this stage is overspending on your shopping. It happens with all of us. You buy things which are unnecessary and not use them the whole time you are in Germany.Remember, you will save a lot of money and space for important stuff if you could shop smartly.

Travel Bags

There are 3 things you should be looking in your travel bags,
  1. Good quality : The last thing you want to see is your bag break down during your journey.

  2. Light weight : So that you can carry more useful stuff.

  3. Dimensions: Make sure that the dimensions match with the prescription of the airlines.

One of the most common mistakes at this stage is overspending on your shopping. It happens with all of us. You buy things which are unnecessary and not use them the whole time you are in Germany.Remember, you will save a lot of money and space for important stuff if you could shop smartly.

The Final Packing

Pack and weigh your bags to make sure that they do not exceed the weight limit. Leave an identity mark on each bag.

Lastly, make sure that all your valuables, important documents, your passport, and your air-ticket are kept in your hand luggage. Additionally, take care of the below points.

  1. Do have your haircut done before you leave. It is quite expensive in Germany ;)

  2. Leave out a copy of all your original documents at home.

  3. Write down or keep a copy of important phone numbers (including your senior's/university phone no.) and the directions to your accommodation.

  4. Inform your university's International Student's Office about your date and time of arrival (few days in advance). Ask for the availability of the airport pickup service.

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- Oliver Wendell Holmes