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Travel Essentials for Your First Time in the UK

Hello, I'm Dr. Niharika Koushik, an IMG from India; I've GMC registration via the PLAB route and in today's blog, I'll be discussing the travel essentials for the first time in the UK. I was in the UK between September and December to write my PLAB 2 and then for a 4-week clinical attachment after my exam. I've listed out the essential items below, which you can use as a reference checklist and modify accordingly to your needs.

1. Clothes

  • Thermals

  • Fleece leggings

  • Wollen socks

  • Gloves

  • Puffer jacket

  • Balaclava

  • Joggers

  • Tops

  • Jeans

  • Dress

  • Formal pants

  • Formal tops

  • Towel

  • Innerwear

2. Toileteries

  • Bodywash

  • Facewash

  • Shampoo

  • Toothpaste

  • Toothbrush

  • Tongue cleaner


3. Cosmetics

  • Moisturizer

  • Lip balm

  • Sunscreen

  • Scrunchies

  • Clutches

4. Food

  • Maggi

  • Pasta

  • Chilli Powder

  • Coriander Powder

  • Garam Masala

  • MTR Pulihogre

  • MTR Vangibath

  • Vermicelli

  • Jeera

  • Mayo

  • Ketchup

  • Soup

  • Peri Peri mix

  • MTR Ready to eat

  • Pickle


5. Utensils

  • Cooker

  • Pan

  • Cutlery -spoon, fork, plate, mug


6. Miscellaneous

  • Power Bank

  • Belt

  • Medicines with prescription

  • Laundry bag

  • Sliders

  • Formal shoes

  • Nail cutter

  • Electric hot water bag

  • Umbrella

I got everything to keep me warm from the decathlon, which was truly a lifesaver. I hope this list helps you make your first time travelling to the UK easier. If you have any questions regarding  PLAB, reach out and connect with me on You can register using this link. Find me as a community ambassador and follow Dr. Niharika Koushik for random snippets of advice and to learn more stories about me as I navigate through it all.

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