Hyderabad is a more conservative city, therefore, it is important to think about what clothing is appropriate to wear in public.
Loose-fiiting western clothing is acceptable- tshirts, jeans, blouses, etc. However do not bring clothing that is tightly fitting, “skimpy,” or form fitting. While thick strapped tank tops and skirts are acceptable in some environments, it is generally better to cover your legs and shoulders when in public or on the streets.
All in all, keep in mind that the climate is hot and dusty. Light and airy clothes are key to staying cool. I found it best to bring simple clothes with me (like loose tshirts and leggings) and bought most of my clothing upon arriving.
Most older Indian women wear sari- a strip of cloth that is draped over the body in various styles. There are various traditional styles of saris depending on the region. The most common style is for the sari to be wrapped around the waist, with one end then draped over the shoulder.
For the younger crowd, kurtas or a shirt/dress worn with leggings or loose-fitting pants are most common. The variety of colors/fabrics are outstanding! It is very affordable to buy this kind of clothing on the streets or have fabric tailored to your body.
Shoes! I made it just fine with a pair of tennis shoes, boat shoes, and sandals. I found that sandals were best for being a “tourist” as you are taking your shoes off constantly to enter temples and such. There is also a cobbler on campus who made me a very hardy pair of sandals for less than $10! Totally worth it!
The University provides bedding and towels. Laundry facilities are available.
While I found most of my toiletries here in India, there are a few things I could not find as readily:
- anti-itch cream
I used a “Type D” outlet adapter. India’s outlet function on 230 Voltage and 50Hz. Since I only used the adapter to recharge my laptop and phone, I did not need a voltage converter. I would also recommend bringing a backup hard-drive just in case your computer fries. (I did not have this problem, but I have heard terrible stories!)