7

Hostel Packing List: 11 Essential Things to Take to a Hostel

Staying at a hostel is very different than staying at a hotel.  Not only will you likely have to share a room with strangers, but you need to take with you certain essentials that you don’t need when staying at a hotel.  If you are staying at a hostel for the first time, here are 11 hostel essentials.

Hostel Packing List

1. Shower Shoes

list of essential things to take to hostel

This is number 1 on my hostel packing list because there is no way I would shower at a hostel without wearing sandals or flip flops.  This is my favorite pair of flip flops which I wear in the shower but also when walking around or hanging at the beach.  If you don’t wear flip flops normally, you can just pick up a cheap pair just for showering.

2. Lock

important things to take to college hostel

Make sure to bring at least one lock with you when staying at a hostel.  Some hostels have lockers that you can use but if not, you can just lock your bag.  I recommend a lock with a combination code, rather than a key so you don’t have to worry about losing your key.   This TSA approved lock will keep your belongings safe in the hostel and you could also use it if you are checking a bag on your flight.

3. Quick Drying Towel

do hostels have towels?

Unlike hotels, most hostels do not provide you with towels so you have to bring your own towel. Instead of packing a normal towel which is heavy and slow to dry, I recommend bringing a quick drying towel. 

4. Headlamp

things needed for hostel life

Make sure to have a light source so that you don’t wake up your roommates if you need to use the bathroom or want to read a night.   You can use a flashlight feature or app on your smartphone but this can run out your battery.  Some good options include a key ring flashlight or a headlamp. A headlamp will let you keep your hands free and you can use also it when hiking or participating in other adventure activities.

5. Eye Mask

things to bring to a hostel

You might want to bring an eye mask in case your roommates stay up late or keep the lights on when you want to sleep.

6. Earplugs

important things to take to college hostel

Some hostels can be kinda loud, so earplugs are a must to tune out loud hostel neighbors.  They are also useful at blocking out load street noise and loud airplane passengers.

7. Universal Travel Adaptor

essentials for hostel packing list

Make sure you check if your electronics need an adaptor to work in the country you are traveling in.  If you frequently travel internationally or will be traveling to several different countries you might want to bring an universal travel adaptor.

8. Toiletry Bag with Hook

what to pack for a hostel requirement list

You will need to bring your own toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner and soap as hostels do not provide these for you.  A toiletry bag with a hook is convenient for hanging in the shower.

9. Sleeping Bag Liner

hostel essentials packing list

If you are worried about dirty sheets, you can use a sleeping bag liner in your hostel bed.

10. Power Strip

list of things to take to hostel packing list

There are not a lot of outlets in hostels so a compact power strip is handy if you want to charge multiple electronic devices.

11. Reusable Water Bottle

list of things to take to hostel packing list

Don’t spend money purchasing bottled water, instead bring a reusable water bottle.  Hostels usually have water that you can fill up from for free or cheap.
————-
Like this post? Pin it!
Hostel packing list with all the essential things to bring to a hostel.
Disclaimer: This article contains affiliate links. This means that if you buy a product after clicking on these links, I may earn a small commission (at no additional cost to you) which helps pay for the running of this site.

Share ThisShare on FacebookPin on PinterestShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterShare on StumbleUponShare on RedditShare on LinkedIn

savvyglobetrotter

7 Comments

  1. Be careful with sleep sheets, since a lot of hostels are getting away from letting people use their own bedding because of bed bugs 🙁

  2. An awesome list there. I have to say that I learned about carrying some of the things the hard way, like a torch of some kind is so important for the reasons you gave and definitely slippers for the bathroom. Ear plus are another essential item and eye mask I can usually do without. I would add headphones to the list, to listen to music or else just while being on the phone is a lit more private.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge