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Staying in hostels for the first time - sleeping bag needed?

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Staying in hostels for the first time - sleeping bag needed?

Im off travelling for a month to Singapore, OZ, NZ, Fiji and HK. I shall be in a few hostels along the way. I keep reading stories abotu bed bugs, should I take a sleeping bag? I want to be ruthless as to what I take and what I dont take but also the flipside is as im going for a month im sure I can squeeze in a sleeping bag. I'll be going in a months time.

Also does anyone have a basic backpackers packing list? Just so I can double check whether ive forgotten anything?

Thanks for your help :)

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1. Re: Staying in hostels for the first time - sleeping bag needed?

Some hostels these days are in reality low cost hotels with everything supplied and no two hostels are the same. If you know where you would like to stay send them an email and ask what are their respective prerequisites.

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2. Re: Staying in hostels for the first time - sleeping bag needed?

It will be hot so perhaps a sheet sleeping bag (I remember my mother made me one from a bedsheet) would do the trick. You can get bedbugs in a 5star as well so do not dwell on that. The backpackers we stayed at in OZ (where they are usually in prime locations) gave you sheets so no problems there and I am told the same applies in NZ. The backpackers also had laundry facilities.

Have a great trip

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3. Re: Staying in hostels for the first time - sleeping bag needed?

You can buy or make silk sleeping bag sheets. Bedbugs can't get through the weave of silk. Doesn't protect your head of course but better than the whole body getting bitten. And silk is lightweight and will take up no room at all in your bag.

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5. Re: Staying in hostels for the first time - sleeping bag needed?

Hi Nuzi

I have some relatives who are backpacking & I've seen them share this link on facebook...

www.travelindependent.info/whattopack.htm

You might also find some info on the YHA website...

http://www.yha.com.au/

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6. Re: Staying in hostels for the first time - sleeping bag needed?

I have never taken a sleeping bag, but there were several places where it probably would have been a good idea. For me the main thing would be pillows, as some of them have a funky smell. That is usually solved by wrapping a towel or something else around them.

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8. Re: Staying in hostels for the first time - sleeping bag needed?

Many hostels won't allow you to use sleeping bags as they are carriers of bed bugs, ticks etc. They do allow sleep sacks (sheets), so a silk sleep sack would be your best deterrant for bed bugs.

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