Hostel & Backpacking Survival Essentials

L O U N G E W E A R

When I am backpacking I don’t take pyjamas with me electing to lounge around and sleep in sweatpants/tops so I can feel comfortable and casual chilling out in the communal area of the hostel whilst still looking somewhat presentable. Because some hostels get particularly warm I like to wear tank tops and briefs underneath my loungewear to sleep in. I remember staying at a backpackers in Canada and being woken up in the middle of the night due to a fire alarm … evacuating in flannel pyjamas in the snow was the lesson behind this suggestion

E Y E M A S K

Unless staying in a private room you will most likely be sleeping in a dorm with people coming and going at all hours of the night/day. Sleep soundly without visual interruption

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L O C K  &  K E Y

This is not only to keep your luggage secure in communal dorms but some hostels provide lockers with keys for hire, save yourself the hassle plus the additional costs and pack your own

MULTI ADAPTOR ELECTRICAL BOARD

Most hostel rooms will be equipped with outlets that need to be shared, others hostels design their bunks to have access to individual outlets. Either way you will have multiple things to charge overnight from cameras, phones to iPads so save yourself from fighting for space or having to choose which item to charge

 

F L I P F L O P S

Communal bathrooms and showers need I say moreE A R P H O N E S

Essential for cancelling out noise coming from the dorm or to prevent disturbing other travellers when catching up with your Netflix shows abroad. If I am having difficulty sleeping I listen to relaxing music to prevent any disturbances

T A B L E T

Access to “The Office” and the valuable life lessons imparted by Michael Scott is a must no matter where one is in the world and the best way to unwind and recharge after a long day of sight seeing. Strangely watching movie and telly favourites have a strong way of providing comfort when travelling … perhaps providing a sense of familiarity in strange places

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T R A V E L  B O T T L E S

Though it is rare some hostels do provide basic toiletries in their bathrooms (shampoo, conditioner, soap etc) however, the quality is poor and will leave your skin dry and hair brittle. Pack the brands that you love into small lightweight containers to ease the weight of your backpack

W A T E R  B O T T L E

You would be surprised how thirsty you will get during your hostel experience overnight as a result of air conditioning. Stay hydrated and healthy and keep bottled water beside your bunk. Depending on where you are travelling to you might have to purchase sealed water bottles daily or in countries like Australia, where tap water is safe to drink, pack a re-usable bottle that has been constructed from safe materials

Happy Travels

Xo

 

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