These are the top musts you should have when staying in hostels.
There’s nothing difficult than trying to hunt through your entire bag in the pitch-dark to find your toothbrush and nobody wants to be that girl who turns on the overhead lights at 2am and wakes the whole room of Girls Hostel Instead, carry a small headlamp and always keep it in the same pocket of your bag, so you can find it.
Most Girls Hostel offer towels now a days, but there’s a good chance you’ll have to pay to rent it. Rather than paying and risking an immodest scurry down the hall in a too-small hostel towel, carry your own quick-drying towel. They absorb tons of water, and as an added bonus, you’ll have a beach towel or a blanket to lay on in a park if you need it.
Every now and then, you’ll find yourself needing to wash a few things when you can’t get to a laundromat or none of the hostel’s machines are available. Rather than decorating your entire dorm with your unmentionables, hang them from your braided elastic clothesline. This type of line can be strung from just about any two small poles, making the long end of your bunk bed a great candidate. The braided cords make it so that you don’t need clothespins to keep things secure.
A double-ended bag lock is the ultimate multi-purpose device, and the only lock you need. You can use one end to lock your bag’s zippers closed and the other to attach your bag to a bar (like those on your bunk bed, a luggage rack on a train, or a lounge chair at the pool or beach), or you can use the lock to attach your bag and a friend’s bag together — making it just about impossible for a would-be thief to pick them up and carry them off. And of course, you can also use this type of lock on hostel lockers.
Rubber flip flops are one of the most quintessential hostel must-haves. They’ll protect your feet from the germs on shower and bathroom floors and are easy to slip on when you just need to drag yourself down to breakfast before it ends.
You never realize how often you need to wash your hands…until the bathroom is all the way down the hall. It’s also nice to have hand sanitizer before digging into street food or a snack on a bus or plane. Spray sanitizer tends to last longer than the gel kind and is less likely to pop open and leak in your bag.