So you’re planning on traveling cheaply? If you’re on a budget but don’t want to camp all the time, chances are, you’ll be staying in hostels a lot. While it’s a great way to save money, it can also be a bit of a challenge. Here’s my hostel survival guide to help you out:
Better yet, bring a couple of packs of earplugs. Sleeping in a dorm room means other people will be making noises, snoring, getting up crazy early or coming back very late; if you’re a light sleeper, earplugs are a must. In fact, pack an eye mask, too: not everyone is always considerate, and you may be woken by some adventurous soul trying to pack and turning the lights on at 4 am in the morning.
Pack a Padlock
Most hostels offer a safe or a locker to keep your things safe, but to make sure your valuables are locked up, have a small combination padlock of your own. Better safe than sorry, right?
Sleeping Bag Liners and Flipflops
Depending on where you are, some hostels have great facilities and are sparkling clean… But not all of them. Bed bugs and grim showers are reality in some hostels, so bring your own liner and a pair of flip flops – just in case. Better yet, pack a small, thin towel of your own, too, and have your own shower gel and shampoo: these things aren’t always a given at hostels.
Lock the Bike
When you park your bike in a hostel, make sure the steering lock is on, take off your GPS unit and other valuables, and lock up the panniers. Drunken backpackers may come up with a genius idea of sitting on your bike or trying to move it, so make sure the bike is locked down and all valuables are either in your room or locked safely in the panniers.
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