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4)Arrange to collect/redirect mail from your room/hostel.5)Arrange to apply/collect/mail your transcripts (about 20 in number preferable)6)You’re tailoring measurements.A Review & Miscellaneous:1)Get a driving license and a IDP (international Driving Permit)2)Get at least $750 if you get paid within one month of arriving and at least $1500 if youget paid after a month and a half of arrival. If you have a very good friend well settled atthe place where you are going to, you may take some less cash with you as you canborrow from him and repay later. You'll have several deposits to pay for the first month ofstay like gas, telephone, and electricity. You'll have to pay a months rent as deposit and amonths rent advance (around $250 per person/month).3)Get your application material if you wish to reactivate your applications at a better placefor the next quarter/year. Get a set of transcripts in case you apply all over again for aPhD. B.Tech. Degree certificate (laminate it in thin plastic is possible).4)Get 2-3 passport size photographs.5)Get an address/phone number diary.6)Have a set of copies of visa, passport, I-20 in each piece of luggage.
7)Depending upon the weather in your area get a folding umbrella.8)Carry Rs.300 - Rs.500/- for airport tax and Rs.600/- for the $20 you'll get inside theairport.9)If you are having a camera then get it endorsed on your passport.10) Have a RBI permit ready for the dollars you are carrying with you.11) Take all your Hindi songs cassettes.12) Get a good leather purse that has several sections of "visiting cards" size, you'll needthose for the bunch of credit cards/key cards/ID's, etc. you'll accumulate in no time in US.13) Carry medical prescription for all your medicines you bring.14) If you have glasses, get a through eye-check-up before and get 2 extra pairs of glasses.15) Keep passport, visa, I-20, and other admission documents in the handbag you'll carry onyour shoulders all the time.16) Confirm your ticket a couple of days prior to the flight directly through the airlines youare flying no matter how reputed your travel agent is.17) Let me repeat this, get a driver's license and an IDP.18) Get lots of Indian stamps and inland letters and postcards. You'll need them to writeletters, which you can send with anyone who is going to India.19) Hindi film songs cassettes.IN THE LAST WEEK:Call up and find if there is any change of the schedule of the plane (inform the people comingto pick you up of any such change).Get ready to face the long journey.Bid adieu to all concerned.Find out the name of the person who is coming to pick you up at the airport. Remind thosepeople of the flight timings, airline no, your name. inform all these to your people at home.Relax the day before journey, and check all the documents you are taking with you onceagain.