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When packing for a trip you better remember that hostel packing list, else you’ll regret it. If you’re like me, you started putting these items in a pile months before your trip. Below is a list of my recommendations on things needed for a hostel stay. Also know as…what I couldn’t have done without for three weeks in Europe!
Essential Hostel Checklist
- Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus
- Nail Polish
- Shaving Cream (travel size)
- Soap Nuts/Soap Berries
- First Aid Kit
- Flat Iron
- Lock (as not all hostels provide, or will charge you for one)
- Sharpie (in case you use the communal refrigerator)
- Body Lotion (I use it to remove makeup and moisturize)
- Nail Kit
The top of my hostel packing list, is the Downey Spray, as it saved my butt on quite a few occasions when my clothes had gotten severely wrinkled. Trust me, it’ll happen, even if you purposely bought the shirt that ‘doesn’t wrinkle.’ I brought along a hanger as well so that I had somewhere to hang the clothes after I unwrinkled them.
Hair and Cosmetics
My nails chipped by about my third day out so the nail polish was a great idea. Just make to sure pack it well in case the bottle brakes. I only used my flat iron while on vacation, even though I had brought a curling iron. With the rain and wind I didn’t see the use of curling. A note on the picture up top, I’ve had that 007 Manicure set for 10 years and it still holds together. I would suggest investing in one of these, if you don’t have one already. I bought mine for a dollar! It also has tweezers, a nail file, and scissors in there.
I found out about Soap Nuts from a former boss of mine. I still get weird looks when I tell people about them so if you’re doing that right now, bare with me. Soap Nuts are used to wash your clothes. They are these ugly looking little nuts (see above) that when wet produce suds. You can either hand wash or machine wash with these. Just dry them out after use and you can store and use again later.
First Aid Kit is needed for the blisters you’re going to get. It’s best to break in your shoes before you go, but with all the walking there is still a great chance of blisters. Advil also a good idea. Both of these are a must on the essential hostel checklist.