Powered by Blogger.

Staying at a Hostel with Kids: What to Do to Make Your Visit Easy and Fun {Guest Post by Tripelio}

Staying at a Hostel with Kids: What to Do to Make Your Visit Easy and Fun {Guest Post by Tripelio} | CosmosMariners.com

While I'm off having fun on my sister's bachelorette party weekend (don't worry--we don't get too wild and crazy), I'm handing the blog over to Jess, the travel blogger at Tripelio.

Like many people, she makes use of hostels when she travels. Her article today takes the topic of hostels--which have a reputation for being centered around 20-something backpackers--and shows how they can be an excellent resource for traveling families.

Staying at a Hostel with Kids: What to Do to Make Your Visit Easy and Fun {Guest Post by Tripelio} | CosmosMariners.com

Learn how hostels can be great experiences for everyone in the family while saving money on your trip!

I would like to thank Natalie for publishing this article. Her site is great place for—as she aptly puts it—adventure, speculation and surprise, covering all elements of travel as well as tips for media and advertising. Once you’ve read this article, head over to her bucket list for some inspiration on where you and your children can adventure off to!

Anyone who loves traveling doesn’t suddenly stop feeling this way once their kids come along. However many people believe that, because of the extra costs and complications that come along with having a family, they have to hang up their hiking boots and backpack for good. This is not the case! Not only is traveling with children possible, it’s also a great way for them to learn about different cultures, countries and life in general. Hostelling is an opportunity to meet people from all over the world and also helps to keep the traveling costs low. This beginners guide to hostels with children will quickly put to bed any fears you might have about traveling with the little ones in tow. 

Opt for a Private Room

This is where having a bigger family works for your advantage. Many hostels offer smaller-sized dorms of around four to six beds in size alongside their smaller private room options. Although these rooms might be a little bit more than the bigger dorms, the privacy they will give you is invaluable to ensure your kids are safe and that they get a good night’s sleep. 

Staying at a Hostel with Kids: What to Do to Make Your Visit Easy and Fun {Guest Post by Tripelio} | CosmosMariners.com

Although most hostel users are usually decent people, you can never know for sure who you’re going to end up bunking next to and even people with the best intentions can come home a little bit too drunk at 4:00 a.m. or make a little too much noise when packing up to leave to catch their 6:00 a.m. flight. 

And let’s be honest: a child who’s awake in the early hours of the morning in a room full of ten other people is an unquestionable recipe for disaster. 

Have the Necessary Equipment

Traveling anywhere with kids is all about being armed for any emergency. Having the right kit is a sure fire way to keep the temper tantrums to a minimum and the good times rolling. 

Some essential things to pack for hostelling with your child include:

-Earplugs. Even if you do have your own private room, hostels can be notoriously noisy. Packing some child-friendly earplugs is a great way to make sure they can get good night’s sleep even if you happen to have an unfortunately loud neighbor in the next room.

-Blankets and cushions. Some hostels come with the bare essentials, some not even that. Bringing some familiar comfort items can be a great way to encourage a calm and comforting atmosphere for bedtime and avoid any pre-sleep squabbles. 

-Stuffed animal or a favorite toy. Being away from home can be an overwhelming experience when you’re little, so having something familiar with you can be a real comfort.

Have A Back-Up Entertainment Plan

Perhaps the most important piece of equipment in a parent’s arsenal when hostelling with children is a laptop and iPad. Although the sense of adventure and great outdoors is by far more fulfilling, sometimes the easiest way to avoid a potential tantrum disaster is to stick on a favorite film or TV program.  

Many hostels don’t have TVs, and the ones that do usually only air local channels, so having your own Netflix account nearby is extremely handy. However, be sure you have a VPN installed if you’re traveling overseas because Netflix is subject to geo-blocking, making much of its content inaccessible when you’re abroad.

Ensure There’s a Kitchen

This is where using hostels when traveling with children is far more advantageous than hotels or other types of accommodation. Kids can be, and usually are, extremely fussy eaters, so choosing a hostel with a kitchen for you to use means you can quickly and easily whip up some of their healthy home favorites

Staying at a Hostel with Kids: What to Do to Make Your Visit Easy and Fun {Guest Post by Tripelio} | CosmosMariners.com
{photo via flickr | creative commons}
This also means you can avoid racking up massive bills by having to eat out in restaurants everyday. It’s important to check the facilities before arriving however, as although many hostels come with a functioning kitchen, there are also some that do not. 

Choose the Right Environment

Each hostel has its own set of characteristics, and finding the right one for you could be instrumental in ensuring your, and your children’s, hostel experience is a successful and enjoyable one. There’s a delicate art to distinguishing a hostel type by it’s description, but a good first step to avoid keywords such as party, lively, bar crawl, social, etc. as these usually steer themselves more toward late nights, parties and alcohol-fuelled clientele. Instead aim for those that claim to be “quiet” and “family friendly”. Some hostels also have set curfews after which noise/social gatherings are not allowed, so choosing one of these ensures that you and your children will get a good night sleep. 

Have “The (Hostel) Talk”

Kids are usually a lot brighter than we give them credit for. Most of the time difficult situations arise when children don’t understand what’s going on or feel out of their comfort zone. For most children, staying in a new place with lots of strange people and communal living facilities will most certainly feel alien and cause them to kick up a bit of a fuss. 

Staying at a Hostel with Kids: What to Do to Make Your Visit Easy and Fun {Guest Post by Tripelio} | CosmosMariners.com

However this can be easily bypassed by sitting them down and giving them an explanation of what’s going to happen before they actually get there. Going over the basics of what to expect and what is expected of them means they won’t feel threatened by the situation and they will understand what the hostel etiquette is. Before you know it, they’ll be running round, making friends and happily slotting into the community. 

Staying in a hostel with children is understandably a daunting task, but with these simple tips, you can easily manage the situation and even save a few bucks in the process. If you have any more tips to add, please feel free to share in the comments below so all families can embrace the mind-opening and fun-packed experience that is hostelling!

Staying at a Hostel with Kids: What to Do to Make Your Visit Easy and Fun {Guest Post by Tripelio} | CosmosMariners.com


Have you stayed in a hostel before? Would you consider one for your family travels?

Follow Jess here:

Want even more travel goodness? Sign up for the newsletter and get the latest Cosmos Mariners updates, giveaways, and travel news right to your inbox!

Newsletter Signup Newsletter Signup