What to pack for a hostel: A man’s printable checklist to the essential things to bring for a stay in a hostel

Having a hostel checklist is always handy! There are things you should bring to a hostel which other types of stay don’t require. Don’t worry though, all the items are easy to find and probably already in your possession. Let’s get started with what to pack when staying in a hostel!

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Essential things for hostel safety

  • A notebook with the important addresses, so you have everything in an analog way too.
  • Add a first-aid to your bag, just a couple of things that can come in handy: aspirin, bandages, …
  • Fanny pack to keep your overnight stuff nearby in your bed
  • A padlock for your locker
  • A headlight (especially when you need to pack during the night)

Hostel packing checklist for hygiene

Toiletries travel-sized

This one includes several items, all for your personal hygiene. All these items are available in travel sizes. So make sure to buy those and not the full-sized versions. This will help you to pack lighter, and get through airport security without issues.

toiletries to add on your hostel packing list
  • Some form of soap: cause you will need to shower after all your adventures
  • A bit of shampoo: hostels don’t provide these, so make sure to bring some of your own.
  • Your toothbrush and toothpaste: I think this one speaks for itself.
  • A small deodorant: don’t go about your day all smelly!
  • Your favorite perfume: in case you arranged yourself a date.
  • A bottle of bug spray: unless you’re going somewhere cold, then you can skip this one.
  • A bottle of sunscreen: protect yourself from sunburn, it’s awful. Trust me!
  • Travel contact lenses and fluid: only if you have poor eyesight like me, obviously.
  • A bag for your dirty laundry (though I usually use the tshirt of the first day like a bag)

Extras for hygienic purposes

  • Flip-flops for the shower
  • Bring fast-drying travel-towels
  • Sleeping bag liner in case of dodgy places
  • Bag for laundry

Hostel packing list for clothes

  • Clothes, for during the day
  • Clothes for during the night (for nocturnal toilet visits)

Hostel packing checklist for fun

  • A book or tablet
  • Closed headphones, don’t bother others with your Netflix or music
  • Deck of cards to make friends (I love cards against humanity)

Hostel packing checklist miscellaneous

hostel packing list water bottle

Tips for not overpacking

Overpacking happens fast. So here are some quick tips on how to avoid overpacking.

  • Share toiletries with friends if you are traveling in a group.
  • Limit the size of your bag, so you can’t bring too much.
  • Bring clothes you can combine easily, so you don’t have to bring so many.
  • Don’t pack things you can buy at a local supermarket (like food or drinks).
  • Don’t pack things you don’t need. Duh!

Download the free and printable Men’s travel packing checklist here:

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What’s on your hostel packing list that is missing here? Let me know in the comments below!

Disclaimer: There is none, I just really wanted to write this piece of content for you. <3

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