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5 Things You Should Not Pack for a Hostel Stay

5 Things You Should Not Pack for a Hostel Stay

One thing’s for sure, every bit of space in a hostel is precious. When it comes to packing for a stay at a hostel, there are a few things to keep in mind, not only to help you make the most out of the limited space but to avoid annoying any of your roommates by filling the whole room with your items. Here are five things you should not pack for your stay in a hostel:

1. Towels and Toiletries

Before you go out to travel, check with the hostel if they provide towels and toiletries. If they do, then you won’t have to bring your own. However, if you’re still persistent about it, at least leave the towel back at home. Any toiletries you decide to bring shouldn’t be full-sized either, as you will have to pay extra to put them in check-in luggage.

After all, you can always purchase toiletries when you arrive at the hostel. Plus, this is an excellent excuse to get out of the room and explore the area. If there are some unique treatments you have to bring with you, such as facial treatments, put them in small bottles. If you don’t have any, you can find plenty at drugstores for cheap.

2. Detergent

You can always buy laundry detergent when you arrive at your destination if you want to do your own washing. If you want to bring some along for the trip, however, you can purchase them in small packets. Otherwise, there are soaps out there that are all-purpose—laundry, shower, and so on. If you don’t mind using a Laundromat, despite the slight costs, that is most likely available too! Of course, you’ll need to make sure that such a service is available near your hostel of choice.

3. Large Suitcases

Don’t be that guy (or gal) that brings an enormous suitcase for a trip that one could mistake it for a wardrobe. In other words, keep your luggage light, and try to limit what you carry to a single backpack. Make sure that it is as small as possible, only big enough to fit the things you need. This makes it much easier for you to move around with your bag on, and easier to store the pack away at the hostel so that it won’t get into people’s way.

4. Sleeping Bags

Whatever you do, don’t bring sleeping bags. First off, they’re unnecessary, as most if not all hostels are clean. Secondly, they’re generally banned anyways. Why so? Because nothing ruins a hostel’s reputation faster than a dirty bed, and that’s the exact reason that they do not allow people to bring their own sleeping bags. They are trying to eliminate any risk of bed bugs contaminating their beds from the outside. If a hostel is actually dirty, the reviews will tell.

5. Fancy Clothes

The only time we can think of where you need fancy clothes is the same time you won’t be staying at a hostel in the first place. More often than not, you can leave your elegant dress shoes and clothes at home. You won’t need them when traveling.

For example, even if you find some venues in the area, such as pubs and bars, to be a little formal, there will always be some other place that’s casual, perfect for tourists like you. If you were to be partying in high-end pubs, you wouldn’t be staying in a hostel in the first place.

By keeping to heart these five tips before you head out for your hostel, you ensure that not only will your travel experience be excellent, but for those living with you as well. Be considerate to others and respect their space. When you do so, they’ll respect your space too. With that, your roommates might just become your new friends.

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place for you. As a backpacker hostel in a convenient location, we’ll be sure to impress, despite
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