• I stayed at a hostel in Singapore’s backpacking district for the first time.
  • I’m a last-minute packer, and for this overnight trip I decided to bring only the essentials.
  • I’m glad I brought my AirPods and dental kit, but I missed the flip flops.

Earlier this month I Capsule hostel Located in the heart of Singapore’s backpacking district.

As my first backpacker, I didn’t know what to bring. Many of the articles I read online focused on long-term backpacking and had an extensive list of essentials.

I’m usually a last-minute packer, but I’ve found myself in favor of this overnight trip. I packed light luggage and brought only the necessities.

What I’m glad I brought with me on my first hostel trip

From top left to right: disinfectant wipes, dental kits, backpacks, wired earphones, AirPods, portable chargers.

From top left to right: disinfectant wipes, dental kits, backpacks, wired earphones, AirPods, portable chargers.

Mariel Descalsota / Insider


  1. Dental kit: I thought the hostel wasn’t as luxurious as the hotel, so I packed it with a dental kit. The hostel I stayed in only offered a dispenser with shampoo and body soap, so I was relieved to bring a toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste.
  2. Portable charger: I worked most of the time in a cafe near the hostel, so I couldn’t always charge my phone or laptop. It was convenient to have a portable charger. I was able to work uninterrupted and didn’t have to worry about running out of battery on my device.
  3. earphone: One of the hostel’s rules was to always be quiet, so I had to connect my headset to my phone when watching YouTube videos or listening to music. I brought it in case of a connection or battery problem with my wired earphones and AirPods.
  4. Disinfectant wipe: Antibacterial wipes are a must for backpacking. When I first settled on the sleeping pod, I found black stains everywhere on the bed, and even on the sides of the unit. Thankfully, the wipe was made for a quick cleanup. I thought about bringing a disinfectant spray gun, but I didn’t have to bring it because the hostel wasn’t very well ventilated.
  5. sneakers: The most practical choice I made was to wear sneakers — and not bring in another pair. I usually like to wear fashionable shoes such as boots and heels, but I needed shoes for walking around the city to stay at the hostel.

What did it look like inside my backpack?

What did it look like inside my backpack?

Mariel Descalsota / Insider


What to pack

  1. flip flops: The biggest packing mistake I made was not bringing a pair of flip flops. It would have been even more comfortable when using the toilet, taking a shower, or running late at night at a convenience store.
  2. Portable fan: The air conditioner in the sleeping pod was almost non-functional, so I couldn’t prepare it. To relieve the stuffiness, I decided to keep the door open most of the night. If I had a mini fan to cool the unit a little, I would have enjoyed more privacy.

Overall, packing lights are the way to go when staying at the hostel. but,


flip flops

Portable fans wouldn’t take up much space and would have made my stay more comfortable.