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I have heard many people mention bringing one of these when staying in hostels. Do you think that this is a good idea, or is it ok to just use what is provided?

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Many hostels in Europe seem to give you a duvet or blanket, but charge extra for linen. So if you want to save what will probably amount to an extra 50c or Euro per night, you might want to bring one along. Lots of hostels will provide you with linen free of charge too and if you’r eonly travelling for a short amount of time I wouldn’t think it’d be worth the extra cost/space in your backpack.

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Not really worth the weight or savings (of which there are very few) unless you are a clean-freak. IMO.

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Thats pretty much all I wanted to know. I am not too concerned as long as I have a bed to sleep on. Guess it looks like i’ll be using what is supplied. Thanks for the replies.

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I like my sleepsheet mostly for the fact that I could put my passport, airline tickets and railpass down in the bottom near my feet and didn’t have to wear my belt containing them around my waist in bed. I only did this when I stayed in dorm rooms where I wasn’t too sure about my roomates.

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Hmmm, that’s actually a really good idea Jack. I never even thought about that. I’m still not sure what to do about this but i’ve still got a little more than a week until I leave. I can see the money belt getting pretty annoying after awhile.

Another question. Were there not any storage lockers in the dorm rooms for you to lock up all yoour valuable stuff?? That was what I had intended on doing, because I think that most of the hostels that i’m planning on staying at have storage lockers.

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Some places I stayed did have the lockers under the bed and some didn’t but in places where I felt comfortable with my roomies it went into the locker but most often it lived in my sheet with me. My camera etc. although valuable but not as important as my paperwork went into the lockers at night. Most places also have a safe at the front desk for the safekeeping of your important documents and such. I can’t comment on them since I never used them. I preferred to keep those things close to me.

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I have another question for ya, or anyone else feel free to answer. If you bring your own lock for the lockers, do you bring a combination lock or one with a key. I am taking a combination one, so hopefully it won’t be a problem to use it. Thanks in advance.

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Brought my own lock, just to be safe so no one else had a key for it, but using your own wasn’t a problem.

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Thanks for the info Jack. I will have both a keyed lock and combination lock so i’ll be able to use one or the other.

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sleep sheet is great to have as a just in case item. i just got back from a 5 week trip…used it most of the time. if it becomes a waste of space, toss it. some places where the sheets were provided were sketchy, so the comfort of my own was nice. but then again A LOT of hostels provide them free of charge and are not as cozy but all you need for a night of sleep.

oh get a towel that dries quickly. aquis towel i believe the name is…can find that brand or others at sports stores or linen and things. you will NOT regret the cost.

HAVE A BLAST!

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Thanks erinj,

I got one of those towels already and it’s great. I tested it out the other day, so I would know what it was like before I leave on Friday. It worked great, i’m soo happy that I bought it now.

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While I travlled Europe for several weeks, there were two things that were invaluable. My backpacker quick dry towel, and my sleep sheet. I cannot tell you enough..Bring and Speel sheet!!!

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…..the Silk sleep sheets are WAY worth it!

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I wouldn’t travel without a sleep sack. My husband and I used these on our RTW and found they were really great.

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I don’t think that the sleep sheets are needed as long as you stay in well rated hostels. I brought one and I’ve only used it once in the last 23 days. I didn’t need to use it, I just felt like it that night.

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So nivid, there is no need to take my own sheet or sleep sack?

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LeoX,

If the places that you are staying at are reasonably well rated, then NO don’t bother taking one. It was just taking up space in my bag, and the one night that I did use it, wasn’t necessary. The friend that I went with didn’t use their’s that night. When we made our reservations from hostelworld, the ratings were as low as 66% for Venice and as high as 92% for Munich. The beds in Venice were some of the best the entire trip, so I guess that rating is for overall. At the hostel in London, I woke the next morning with bug bites. And the bed looked clean, so I never thought anything of it. No worries though, that was last Wednesday night and the bites have cleared up and gone by now.

Hope you have a great trip.

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thx for the advice

But i think im going to take it if i have some space left in my backpack, becouse i dont really know where im going to sleep, i have not reserve anything. Im just goin gto arrive and start looking for hostel so who knows hehehe..

thx again Smile

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Yeah, that may be a better idea then if you don’t know where you’ll be staying. I know there are some hostels that don’t provide linen anyway, so you might have to have your own. I really didn’t have much choice but to reserve since I travelled in July and August.