Living alone is tough. It’s quite natural to adapt to this living situationa and make sense of things. We intend to get you started on the right note to ensure you have everything you need.
Although staying at a hostel is tough, living independently, balancing personal time and academic schedules, studies and friends, can be a wonderful experience that will help you grow as an individual.
Here is a list of 7 imperative things that one shouldn’t forget before embarking on the journey of living independently in a hostel:
You must carry identification that mentions your residential address and personal details anywhere. On the contrary, it’s advised not to hand it over to anyone for security reasons, but identification is necessary to get you inside the hostel and university.
> Padlock and key
Better safe than sorry!
It doesn’t matter whether you’re staying at a hostel, and it’s your responsibility to take care of your items. A small – lightweight padlock and key are advisable to carry during your stay or commute in the city, bus or train to protect your valuables.
Once you get your room at GHS, you’ll be sharing it with other students, and it’s just etiquette not to let your stuff be lying around in the room.
> Eye Mask
One doesn’t know what type of people one might encounter in a shared room. Some people like to study or sleep late at night, while others sleep in the afternoon. Carry an eye mask to avoid complications and get a good night’s sleep whenever you wish. (Earplugs would be a bonus if required)
Everyone has different methods of studying. Some like to do it in solitude – staying alone, while some tend to do it in groups. Some have a habit of listening to music or podcasts while studying, while some prefer to binge-watch their favourite show before getting all set to learn. Whichever the case may be, carrying a pair of headphones will let you cut down the chaos & seek refreshment with your own playlists.
> Charger and Portable Charger
Your smartphone or tablet are essentials! It helps you stay connected with your friends, family and knowns that are far away, helps you in studies and during your leisure time. Although the hostels will have charging sockets, one must carry a portable charger that supports their device. Running out of battery and an expense on the charger would be foolish when you live alone!
Hostels provide toiletries, but those are the common ones required by everyone – soap, shampoo, and maybe a toothbrush/paste. If you have sensitive skin, it’s advisable to carry your own soap/shampoo/body wash. Along with towels and hair net, toothbrush and toothpaste, since you might be sharing your room, sharing the same toiletries wouldn’t be considered hygienic.
What should I take together? What shouldn’t I?
These questions revolve around a person’s mind who is supposed to be packing when they’re leaving to stay alone in a hostel. Here’s a small list that SHOULD be on your packing list when going to stay in a hostel:
5-7 pairs of undergarments
Sweaters (depending on the season)