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Benjamin Franklin once said “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. We’re strong believers in this ethos and understand that preparation is key to successful travelling – especially if you want to get the most out of your hostel stay. So, to ensure that you’re a happy hosteller and well equipped for your next trip, we’ve decided to garner insight from some of the world’s most knowledgeable travellers and curate a list of travel hacks which we feel are essential for hassle-free hostelling.

Our new video (which you can check out below) reveals a host of innovative tips and tricks which are designed specifically for those who are travelling light and on a budget. So whether you’re looking to save space in your luggage, protect valuables from the elements or cut back on catering costs, we’ve got it covered in our essential list of hostelling hacks.

Check out the video below to watch our top 12 hacks in action.

We would like to say thank you to the bloggers and YHA team members who submitted their own tried and tested hacks for the piece. These include:

Lauren from Never Ending Footsteps

Arianwen from Beyond Blighty

Linda from Indie Travel Podcast

Elaine from Carpe Travel

Cailin from Travel Yourself

Macca from An Adventurous World

Gretta from Mums Do Travel

Brooke from Her Packing List

Jen from She Gets Around


Daniel at YHA Brighton

Lucy at YHA London Central

Got any travel hacks you think we’ve missed? Tweet them to us at @YHAOfficial or find us on Facebook here.

Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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