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What should I bring in my bag?

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An important concern to all of you before your initial arrival on campus is: “What should I bring with me?” as it is a huge task to list out things when you are starting a new chapter of your life, in a new city.

To address this specific question, IITM students have compiled a document that includes a comprehensive list of everything you would need to bring.

Doc - What to bring to insti? - This is an extremely useful document, and it is compiled by people based on their experiences, so there is no need to ask anyone else! Luggage bags, backpacks, Documents, Hygiene, Medicine, footwear, Electronics, clothes, accessories, everything that you would need in Insti is in the doc.

The document above provides a detailed list of items you need to bring. For a simpler version:


Sturdy Bags, Large Trolley, Laptop and small backpacks


Birth certificates, 10th and 12th Grade Card, Institute Offer Letter, Aadhaar Card, Passport/PAN Card/Driving License for identification

Regular use products - A

Face wash, Soap, Detergent, Haircare, Perfumes, Mosquito Repellants, Menstrual products

Regular use products - B

Screen cleansers for gadgets, Spectacle cleaner, Wipes, a Mirror, Toothpaste, Brushes and a Small Pouch


Basic first aid kits, Paracetamol


Calculators, Earphones/Headphones, Extension cords (optional), Kettles (optional), Iron boxes (optional), Study lamps (optional)


Formals, Ethnic and Party wear, Belts, Caps, Lab coats, Sweatshirts, Pullovers, Umbrellas, Raincoats, Jerseys, Gymwear, Bedsheets, Mattress covers, Pillow cases

Other Essentials

Water bottles, Flasks, Cutlery, Locks, Keys, Cycle locks, Keychains, Sports shoes, a Pair of Slippers, Bath Slippers and any other Footwear, Hobby equipment such as instruments, etc

However, there will always be a few things that might get left out while packing. But fear not, as you can buy them from the nearest convenience stores located inside the campus. The mattresses are sold at wholesale prices, with a sale in front of the hostels during entry, and a Cycle mela happens to buy cycles around the same time.

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Aravind S
Created Date: Apr 26, 2024
Modified Date: Jul 03, 2024

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