Staying in a hostel, especially for the first time, can be a very intimidating experience. Here are some tips that many hostel veterans commonly employ to make their stay as enjoyable as possible.
- Bring your own towel. Many hostels charge a small fee to use a towel that they provide. Bring your own to not only save a few dollars but to ensure it is clean.
my favorite microfiber travel towel
2. Bring an extra sheet. There is one way to ensure you are sleeping on clean sheets, bring your own. Travel Sheets are small when rolled but provide huge peace of mind for their price. No matter how clean or sketchy the hostel, you know where the fabric touching your body has been.
Awesome travel sheet, like a really thin sleeping bag.
Here is a link to my favorite Cocoon Brand Travel Sheet: http://www.amazon.com/Cocoon-Flannel-TravelSheet-Twilight-86-Inch/dp/B001DXC664/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1350959699&sr=8-10&keywords=cocoon+travel+sheet
3. Choose room style wisely. All male? All female? Mixed? Big or Small? There are a variety of choices to be made when choose a room in your hostel. If you are a female traveling alone, it is usually wise to bunk in an all girls room. Large rooms with lots of beds can be fun, but you are also more likely to encounter people coming in really late, rising really early, snoring, etc.
4. Bring an Ipod, earplugs, or noise cancelling headphones. You never know what type of roommates you will get. Bring some sort of device to hide or mask noise if you are not a hard sleeper.
5. Bring shower shoes. Since most hostels have shared bathrooms, you are never quite sure what you are going to encounter. Bring a pair of sandals to wear in the shower to be cautious.
6. Prepare for all conditions. No matter what climate your hostel is located in, bring something to sleep and lounge in for very hot and cold conditions. Sometimes places overcompensate for the outside conditions, so it is nice to have options.
7. Leave valuables behind. When possible leave anything you would miss if it got stolen at home. Most of the time, if you don’t touch other people’s belongings they won’t touch yours, but why take the risk.
8. Bring a lock. Better safe than sorry, lock up your valuables when you are out of your room. Some hostels offer lockers, but make sure to pack a padlock and/or computer lock if you bring expensive items.
9. Make friends. One of the best parts of hostels is the social aspect. Get out in the common room and get to know your bunk mates! They usually have great advice.