Daft question i know but, just been looking around and wondering what other peoples thoughts are, will be staying in hostels in both nz and oz from late march/ealy april in nz and may till july in oz. Are the bed linen stuff in most hostels ok or would it be best to bring my sleeping bag with me?
Any thoughts cheers
Most hostels are pretty clean but I prefer using my own sleeping bag anyway, rather than the sheets provided by hostels. Also, a few hostels will charge you an extra dollar for linen if you don't have a sleeping bag, so if you're travelling for a while it can be worth bringing one.
SOME hostels actually stipulate that sleeping bags are NOT permitted. I suppose you could use your own linen if you brought it, but not the bag. I guess they're concerned about those who might be sleeping outdoors in the bag and then bringing dirt and/or bugs into the hostel. But still, I'd recommend bringing one anyway if you have the extra room in your bag.
To me a sleeping bag is too much to take along unless you know you will be camping. For hostels, I would recommend you take an inner sheet (the ones that are sometimes used inside sleeping bags). It will ensure you are being hygienic (sp?) and hardly takes up any space or weight. You can still use any blankets that the hostel provides to keep you warm.
I am going to be in Oz and NZ around the same time as you; I agree with Peter that a sleeping bag just takes up space, so I am taking with me a sleeping sheet for those places where I need to hire a sleeping bag, the rest of the time will use the linen provided.
Most of hostels in Australia do not allow the use of sleeping. This is due to hygiene problems. If you plan on travelling to Australia, I suggest you bring one single fitted sheet (sheet that fit snuggly over matress) and one single flat sheet. Having said that, many of the hostel in Australia will provide you with linens. If you like camping, and you happen to have a sleeping bag. By all means, bring then with you. You will find that any camping/safari tours do not provide sleeping bag. Again, this is the health regulation in Australia. Hope my info is of some use to you.