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21 Essential Travel Tips for Staying in Hostels | Travel Tips for Hostels
What are your essential travel tips for staying in hostels?
Hostels are very social places with a wealth of DIY information and resource for my solo journeys. There are times, I can often feel reliant upon them. While things are not built for luxurious pampering, it holds a lot of practical purpose for a budget traveler.
Table of Contents: 21 Essential Travel Tips for Staying in Hostels
- 1 21 Essential travel tips for staying in hostels
- 2 Things to know about Staying in Hostels
- 2.1 10. Mixed Dorms
- 2.2 11. Female Only Dorms
- 2.3 12. Private Rooms
- 2.4 13. Socializing and making travel friends
- 2.5 14. Don’t leave valuables unattended
- 2.6 15. Prepare your bed clothes before you go out at night
- 2.7 16. Prepare your morning clothes before going to bed
- 2.8 17. Pack and unpack your luggage outside your room
- 2.9 18. Find the laundry
- 2.10 19 . Make your own meals in the kitchen
- 2.11 20. If you don’t like it, find another hostel
- 2.12 21. Do not put your money in one place
21 Essential travel tips for staying in hostels
1. Power Strips & Multi-chargers
These days, we carry so much tech ware, that we no longer need an outlet, but a charging station. As such, I always pack a power Strip and some multi-chargers and adapters. Along with a power strip, I pack a universal plug adapter with extra USB ports for charging. These can be a little chunky and take up space, but they’re good to have as a backup safety option. Also, USB ports chargers are great to have because it saves space on every outlet.
I love keychain flashlights! They’re cheap and easy to clip onto your bag so you don’t lose them. I use mine when finding my door keyhole when returning to my room, searching for things in the dark when I’m at a hostel (don’t want to wake anyone) or when I’m walking to an outdoor toilet at night. In either case, they come in handy at the most inopportune moments. An alternate is a headlamp.
Do you plan to do a little grocery shopping abroad, need a bag to hang dry clothes in when you shower at a hostel or ever carry an extra foldup bag to hold your personal items or souvenirs on a plane? If you’ve said Yes to any of this, then these Flip & Tumble reusable totes come in handy.
S Hooks are sold in hardware stores and they rock big time when you need something convenient to hang your toiletries tote on. They also make a great travel hanger for towels and clothes. Best of all, just slip them in your toiletries bag and you’ll never lose them
5. Flip Flops
Flip flops are useful for moving comfortably in hostels and shared showers. They are light-weight to pack and are a godsend if your shoes begin to give you problems. I love Havianas flip flops. They are slim for packing, soft and comfortable when you’re on your feet a lot.
6. Personal lock
Theft can be a problem in hostels. You are sharing a space with budget strangers and you don’t know who is desperate. Even leaving your belongings out at night while you are sleeping has its risks. Most hostels have individual lockers for you to store your valuables or luggage. Bringing a personal lock will give you peace of mind about leaving some of your valuables in your locker. Tip: I recommend not leaving your best valuables in the lockers, unless it seems very secure.
7. Earplugs and Eye Mask
As you will be sharing your room with others and travelers will be coming and going at all hours, bringing earplugs and an eye mask will allow light sleepers a more peaceful rest.
8. Travel Towel or Sarong
Bring a travel towel or sarong when staying at hostels. Both dry quickly. Most hostels do not offer towels, although it’s best to check when you book. I have stayed at hostels where they charge you for towel rental, which was ideal when I forgot.
9. Sea to Summit Silk Liner Traveler
Whether I’m in a hotel, guesthouse or hostel, I pack my Sea to Summit 100% Premium Silk Liner . At least, it’s an extra silk layer of warmth for cold areas I never planned for. At most, it’s a protective layer against hostel sheets and bed bugs (Note: don’t get the cotton blended liners as they’re not effective against bed bugs).
Things to know about Staying in Hostels
10. Mixed Dorms
Mixed Dorms are mixed gender dorms. They are usually crowded and the cheapest option in the hostel. Female solo travelers may feel uncomfortable and you will need to go to the bathroom to change. Some men might only wear their underwear to bed.
11. Female Only Dorms
Female only dorm rooms are an ideal option for female solo travelers. It feels safer and it sometimes, only a fraction higher in cost. Rooms tend to hold less beds and thus, does not feel crowded. It is comfortable to change in the room.
12. Private Rooms
Private rooms offer privacy, more safety for belongings and sometimes, they even have a private bathroom. They are more expensive than the dorm rooms, but cheaper than a hotel room.
13. Socializing and making travel friends
Due to the shared spaces, hostels are sociable places and a great way to meet other travelers and find travel partners. Some hostels have group activities or nightly events to participate in, where you can meet others.
14. Don’t leave valuables unattended
Due to the shared environment, theft happens a lot in hostels. Never leave your valuables unattended. Do not leave any room to tempt others to take your things. At night, I place my valuables in my daypack and use it as a pillow.
15. Prepare your bed clothes before you go out at night
Usually by 11pm, lights are off in the dorm room. If you have early sleepers, lights off can be earlier. So I always pack a bag of sleep clothes in a foldup bag in my locker– before I go out– so when I get in at night, I have clothes prepared and do not need to either riffle through my luggage in the dark or turn on lights.
16. Prepare your morning clothes before going to bed
For the same reason as above, I always prepare my morning clothes and toiletries in advance so that I do not wake fellow dorm mates with rustling into my bags.
17. Pack and unpack your luggage outside your room
As per #6 and #7, if you ever forget to do this in advance and must go into your bags, rather than piss off sleeping dormmates, I simply take my luggage outside the room into the hallway and do my collecting of items there.
18. Find the laundry
Traveling for while and have a lot of dirty clothes to tend to? Check to see if your hostel has laundry facilities. Most of the time the laundry washer and dryer will be coin-operated. You can change money at the front desk unless they have a change machine.
19 . Make your own meals in the kitchen
Many hostels have community kitchens. Some allow you to store food in the community refrigerator. You will have access to the kitchen to cook your own meals.
20. If you don’t like it, find another hostel
As hostels are inexpensive accommodations, if you don’t feel safe or comfortable with your hostel, move to another. Sometimes, I only book one night at a hostel and if I do not like it, I leave the next day to find a new one.
21. Do not put your money in one place
As feelow travelers have close access to your belongings, never keep all your money and valuables in one place. It is best to split your money up and disguise them by putting them in hard to find places.
What are your travel tipsfor staying in hostels?
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