The Essential Hostel Packing List

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When staying in a hostel it can be easy to forget that they don’t have all the bells and whistles like hotels do. So remembering your hostel packing list is essential. If you’re like me, you started putting these items in a pile months before your trip. Or else I tend to forget the things needed for a hostel stay. Whether you’re headed to Australia or Amsterdam, my essential hostel checklist, which can also be used as a backpacking essentials list, is here for you!

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Essential Hostel Checklist

  • Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus
  • Tweezers
  • 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
  • Hanger

Downey Spray

The top of my hostel packing list, is 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

For the ladies, my must on my backpacking packing list for females is my manicure set. Pictured 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 already have one. I bought mine for a dollar! It also has tweezers, a nail file, and scissors in there. Just remember to put it in your luggage and not your carry on since the scissors aren’t okayed by the TSA. Or you can remove the scissors and it should be okay.

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My nails started to chip about my third day out so the nail polish was a great idea. Just make sure to pack it well in case the bottle brakes. I know a lot of people are now doing the gel manicures. However, I got one when I went to Europe and it took about six months for my nail strength to return. So I don’t recommend gel manicures. 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 in curling.

soap nuts

Soap Nuts

Particularly if you’re looking for what to bring backpacking, I’d suggest soap nuts. This way if you need to do laundry, Soap Nuts make it easy. 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 them again later. They are definitely on my things needed for a hostel stay list if I’m going for a few weeks.

First Aid

First Aid Kit is needed for the blisters you’re going to get. It’s best to break in your shoes before you go, however with all the walking there is still a great chance of blisters. Advil is also a good idea. Both of these are a must on my backpacking Europe packing list and essential hostel checklist. The last thing you want to do is be in pain on your exciting adventure! Now go have some fun!

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When staying in a hostel it can be easy to forget that they don\'t have all the bells and whistles like hotels do. So remembering your hostel packing list is essential. If you\'re like me, you started putting these items in a pile months before your trip. Else I tend to forget the things needed for a hostel stay. Whether you\'re headed to Australia or Amsterdam, my essential hostel checklist, which can also be used as a backpacking essentials list, is here for you! The top of my hostel packing...
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Michelle Jensen is a twenty-something traveler, occasionally solo, you’ll find road tripping across the U.S. or hostel-hopping in Europe. Currently residing in Los Angeles, CA with a day job in Television.
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