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October 04, 2021

Things Needed for Hostel

If you google ‘things needed for hostel living’, the answers are super confusing. Because honestly, every one of those lists has either too many items or missing a few important ones. Like if you include ‘your favourite shirt’ and leave out a ‘toothpaste’, then it’s a major red flag. So you need help. You need better advice on the things to pack for hostel life.

And hey, we’re here to help. Coz young people like you are too busy binging on your favourite series or laughing at your favourite ‘dank memes’ on the internet. And that’s totally cool. It’s why we took on this boring (but very important) task of making a list of the 6 necessary things for hostel living you need to carry. Because that’s what we do at Stanza Living. We make your life easier. At all Stanza Living residences, we provide professional housekeeping, homely meals, and laundry services. So you can use your time doing whatever keeps you going. And when you decide to come to stay with us, you can come back to this well-researched list. Trust us, it’s as safe as a lock!

6 Essentials for Hostel Life

These are the essentials you must carry for your hostel life:

  • Toiletries
  • Washing Powder
  • Blankets
  • Locks
  • Flip-Flops
  • Extension board

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Toiletries are essential things for hostel life. And it’s easy to forget them. Because you’re not used to sharing a bathroom with more than a million other people. And while your neighbour might let you use their toothpaste when you’re running short, it’ll get irritating for them pretty soon. As irritating as the process of squeezing out the last ounce of paste from a tube.

So make sure these items are in your suitcase before you head to your new hostel:

  • Shower Gel/Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Shaver
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Sunscreen
  • Hairbrush or Comb
  • Perfume and Spray

Washing Powder

Not every hostel will provide the luxury of laundry services like Stanza Living does. Now, you might be lucky if there is a small mom-and-pop shop close by that’ll wash your clothes for a small charge. But there will be times when some washing powder and a bucket will come in really handy. Like when it’s placement week and your only white shirt looks more brown and black. Probably why washing powder is a common result when you search for ‘hostel essentials packing list’ on Google.


Love wrapping yourself in like a burrito during the chilly mornings during winter? Well, in a hostel you might love them even more (especially if you’re anywhere in North India). Because unlike home, you probably won’t have a heater to keep things toasty in your room. So remember to carry blankets. Yes, blankets. Not blanket.


Unless you stay in Stanza Living residence where doors have in-built locks, these should be your first priority on your ‘hostel essentials list’. Though most hostels are pretty much safe and you won’t need to worry about someone stealing your stuff, it’s better to be safe than sorry. So you won’t have to cry about it after losing your precious things. Pro-tip: Don’t put ‘000’ on your padlock. It’s as simple as keeping the password as ‘password’ on your social media accounts.


Flip-flops are one of the most necessary items for hostel living. If you’re in a co-living space, walking barefoot in a shared bathroom, or anywhere around the space is not a good idea at all. And on top of it, wearing a pair of flip-flops (with a floral shirt and shorts) always makes you feel ready for a Goa trip. The Goa trip that’s as likely to happen as you hitting the gym from the first of next month.

Extension Board

Most hostels will have rooms with only a single plug point. Two, if you’re lucky. Because most of them were built in an era when students didn’t have a phone, bluetooth speakers and laptops to keep charged. In your mom and dad’s time, basically.

FAQs on Essentials Required for Hostel Life

Focus on my Studies if I Live in a Hostel?

Yes, pretty much. You just have to set your own boundaries. And communicate well with your peers to be respectful of your choices. Basically, ask them not to ask you to party so much.

Which is the Largest Managed Accommodation Network in India?

Well, the largest managed accommodation network in India is Stanza Living. We have residences in more than 14 cities. Visit our website to know more.

Is it Safe to Stay in a Hostel?

It depends on the hostel you’re staying in. If the hostel has all the security measures in check and ensures regular monitoring of their staff and residents, then it’s quite safe.

What are the Top ‘Hostel Necessary Things’?

Well, there’s a lot to pack when you’re moving into a new hostel. But these are 3 essentials you have to carry for sure:

  • Locks
  • Toiletries
  • Extension board
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