SPRING – March, April, May:
Spring can be absolutely gorgeous in hostels, if your destinations are coming out of winter it will be warm and if it stays hot year-round, it will be a bit cooler before summer hits. This is the time to come prepared with a few casual layers, jeans, shorts, t-shirts, rain jackets for those spring showers, and comfortable sneakers.
SUMMER – June, July, August:
Summertime in hostels can be very warm and humid. If you are in a hot climate it is defiantly best to bring lightweight breathable clothing and swimwear. Think dresses, shorts, tank tops, flip-flops, bikinis, and cover-ups. Also, important to remember that most hostels have air conditioning but not all do. When choosing which hostel to stay with be sure to see if the dorms have AC, fans, or nothing so you can dress accordingly.
FALL – September, October, and November:
Depending on your location fall can be beautiful. Warm days, chilly nights, or can still be very hot. Please be sure to research the weather when planning your stay. Shorts, jeans, t-shirts, and sneakers are all appropriate items to pack. Bring options for warmer days and cooler days as hostels normally control the temperature in rooms so you can dress suitably.
WINTER – December, January, February :
Whether the outdoor temperature is cold or hot always bring a pair of sweats. It can be either be chilly outside or the hot outdoor temperature calls for extreme air conditioning in the hostel. Bring comfortable shoes like sneakers, a good pair of jeans, cardigans, a rain jacket and you will be all set. Just be sure to look at what the hostels have to offer and check on the weather before you go. You can never be too careful.
Dressing Appropriately for the Activity – (Click to expand)
If you’re staying in a hostel, you will defiantly be going out on the occasional bar crawl or night out. You will meet loads of young people who all want to have a good time and relax, so be sure to bring going out clothes. Dresses, shorts, going out tops and sandals are perfect for women, keeping it casual but chic. While men should stick with patterned button-downs, shorts, or fitted jeans and sneakers for a carefree evening.
Daily Excursions – Hostels normally have excursions they offer directly through them or with a second party company for those wanting certain activities. It’s always ideal to wear casual clothes, activewear, and definitely comfortable shoes, these daily excursions can last all day so be sure to look at the weather and bring layers when needed.
Swim – If your Hostel is close to the beach or has a pool it’s a good idea to wear swimsuits, cover-ups, flip-flops, sunglasses, and a dry bag to keep belongings dry. Be sure to always wear a cover-up in the hostel or while walking around outside, in some cultures, it is disrespectful to show off too much skin. If you’re ever not sure about how to dress appropriately the hostel staff are normally locals and very helpful.
Sleeping – This may seem silly, but please bring pajamas or comfortable sweats. You are going to be sharing a room with strangers and maybe even different genders so pack sleepwear that you will feel comfortable in.