Your First Shopping

Here’s a list of stuff you can buy when you first come here. This is a very big list and you can pick and choose what you might need. If you don’t know how what an item is, perhaps you don’t need it. OIE usually has a shopping trip to Wal-Mart for new students or you can ask someone with a car to give you a ride!

Kitchen stuff:

  • Plastic boxes with air-tight lids (Tupperware). Get 6 – 10 in different sizes and make sure it says ‘Microwave safe’ and ‘Dishwasher safe’ on them. You can store leftovers in these and heat them up directly in microwave. You can also use them as lunch boxes. Some of the good brands to shop for are Rubbermaid, Glad and Ziploc
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cling-wrap
  • Ice trays
  • Water bottles or jugs to keep in the fridge
  • Dish cleaning soap
  • Dishwasher detergent (if you have a dishwasher)
  • Scotch-brite scrubbing pads
  • Utensils, mention in the shopping list if you didn’t being from India.

Bathroom and Cleaning Supplies:

  • Soap, shampoo and other personal accessories, if you didn’t bring any, or very little from India
  • Floor cleaning soap like Pine-sol
  • Broom with a long handle
  • Mop. Try to get one which can wring on itself to squeeze the water out
  • Bucket
  • Bleach
  • Toilet bowl cleaning brush (Yuckie!). Yes ladies and gentlemen, here, you have to do it yourself.
  • Doormat, for use at your apartment’s door and in the bathroom


  • Laundry bag or laundry basket for dirty clothes
  • Laundry detergent
  • Laundry bleach (if you want to use it)
  • Fabric softener sheets. These are used in the driers to decrease wrinkles in clothes and add a nice scent to clothes


  • Microwave oven. This is a must in every household. Get a good brand with at-least 0.7 to 1 cubic feet capacity
  • Slice toaster
  • Lamps for living room and bedrooms. Here, most apartments have lights fixed to the ceiling only in the kitchen and bathroom. They generally cost $15-$20. Get the ones which use regular bulbs as they are much cheaper to replace
  • Table lamp, if you buy a study desk
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Vacuum cleaner, specially if you have carpeted floors


  • Pillows: 1 or 2
  • Comforter: 1. The temperature inside the apartments is generally maintained at a comfortable level, so you won’t need a heavy quilt in winter.
  • Bed-sheets and pillow covers, if you didn’t bring any from India.
August 27, 2013