charankanya on August 18th, 2008

When I moved to India I asked a lot of people what I should stock-up with in my Container.  I did not get very helpful answers, partly because I guess no one would really know exactly how I ran my household on a day-to-day basis.  Also, the fact that almost everything is now available in India was not that helpful either.  So, I’ve tried to put together a list of household items that you may want to consider stocking up on if you have space in your Container.

Cleaning Items:

  • If you are allowed to bring liquids definitely stock up on hand-wash dish detergent, and any spray cleaners such as Fantastik, Mr. Clean, Lysol, etc.  While you get liquid dish detergent here, they don’t do that good a job of cutting through grease & grime, unless you use a lot of it.  As far as spray cleansers, you only get imported ones here which are twice as expensive.
  • Scouring Pads for your utensils. (again, just a quality issue).
  • Stain Removing Stick (or spray or gel, if allowed)
  • Dishwasher detergent.  If you plan on having a dish-washer, definitely stock up on this.  It is not available in all stores, and there is only one brand that makes it.  Imported ones are available, but are again double the price of what you would pay in the U.S.
  • Sponges
  • Paper Towels
  • Any disposable duster like Swiffer.  The amount of dust here is tremendous.  The hand-held Swiffer dusters work wonders on electronics that you don’t really want the maid to wipe with dust-cloths. Also great for keyboards.
  • Your ladder and stepstool (if you own one.  Definitely helps in having the fans cleaned, as well as cleaning out tops of cupboards).
  • A good quality sink strainer (I’m not sure what it’s called, but it strains out the food-stuff as water drains down).
  • Laundry detergent, especially if you use “fragrance free” detergent.  The laundry detergent here has very strong fragrance.

Kitchen Items:

  • Plastic chopping boards are very difficult to keep clean, unless you will have a dishwasher.  So definitely get atleast one glass chopping board for everyday use.
  • Good knives
  • Glass food storage containers (such as Pyrex).  These are not easily available here.  If you use Plastic food storage containers, there are a zillion different types available here from the cheapest quality to the best quality.  The plastic ones are also much better priced here than in the U.S.
  • Good Garbage Cans.  In India, you have to separate your trash into “wet” and “dry”.  “Wet” would be all vegetable peels, fruit rinds, etc.  “Dry” would be all the paper, plastic, bottles and cans.  I’m not too happy with the quality of the various “step-on” plastic garbage cans available here.  There may be better quality ones (I haven’t gone looking), but anything of very good quality here is also very expensive.  I would most definitely get atleast two good covered garbage cans, if you have the space in your container.  Keep in mind the size of your kitchen when you buy them.  Also keep in mind that garbage here is collected every day.

Other Household Stuff

  • Good quality linens(sheets, towels, napkins) are much cheaper in the U.S. when you buy them on sale or with a coupon.

That’s all I can think of for now.  Feel free to ask questions about any other items that I might have overlooked.

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4 Responses to “List Of Household Items To Bring When You Move To India”

  1. Excellent information, very useful for people like me who are going to R2I shortly. I am actually compiling a list of my own, and have an editable spreadsheet on my blog asking for input from people like you who R2Ied. Please feel free to provide your input when you get a chance.

    Thanks again for this information.

  2. Mahipal,
    Thanks. I will definitely check out the list you have compiled, and will add in my 2 cents as well. You might also want to check out:
    What To Bring For Kids
    Bringing and Using Electronic Devices In India and
    Major Appliances-Bring or Buy?

  3. What ever Items you have given here, all are very well available in India itself. Its waste of time and money to bring everything from your place to India.

  4. HI, would like to get some information about moing o Chennai, shipping info, how much will a container cost, and which shipping company to use, have no idea at all, will be moving Aug 2011. Any help will be appreciated, I always thought thta linen etc will be better quality and cheaper in India, looks like I am wrong. thanks!

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