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1. Posted by gezred (Budding Member 53 posts) 10y

Hi, my friend has just come back from travelling in Oz, she said most hostels she stayed in do not allow you to use your own bedding e.g sleeping bag/liner due to the risk of transferring bed bugs between hostels.

I am assuming they provide you with bediing to hire? Anyone have recent experience of this?

Cheers

Lynz x

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 10y

Quoting gezred

I am assuming they provide you with bediing to hire? Anyone have recent experience of this?

Not "to hire"; they simply provide sheets, duvets, etc - sometimes put on the bed, sometimes given to you when you check in.
Don't know what percentage of hostels have this policy, but it's at least all YHA hostels in Australia (and New Zealand).

3. Posted by gezred (Budding Member 53 posts) 10y

Thanks, I wonder whether I will actually NEED a sleeping bag

4. Posted by crass (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Unless you are planning to camp, you probably won't need a sleeping bag. I haven't had a problem with any hostel Ive stayed in so far.

5. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 10y

The topic of bed bugs was on our news today. The report says there is an epidemic of these world wide, Australia included. It appears they are transported in luggage, backpacks etc.

Some good info here on identification & Life cycle & Damage, Management. http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7454.html

Here is an abridged extract
Bed bugs are not usually considered to be disease carriers. They do suck blood from their host. Can produce large swellings on the skin that itch and may become irritated and infected when scratched. In addition, bed bugs have stink glands that leave odors; they also leave fecal spots on bed sheets and around their hiding places.

Indirect measures can go a long way in controlling bed bugs: clean furnishings, launder bedding and mattress pads, and steam-clean mattresses.

6. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 611 posts) 10y

Didn't stay in many hostels, but I know we managed to transport a duet of cockroaches in my partner's washbag! Keep things zipped.
As for sleeping bags, I think it depends on the individual. Personally, I don't feel the cold too much, so I actually slept on top of my covers pretty much all the time I was in Oz (Nov/Dec).;)

7. Posted by gezred (Budding Member 53 posts) 10y

Cheers guys, I think I will take a bag just for the instance I might end up camping in someone's garden :)

Ooh I feel all itchy now

8. Posted by jax_07 (Full Member 76 posts) 10y

Hi gezred

I spent 7 weeks in WA and never came across a hostel that wouldn't allow the use of my own sleeping bag liner, in fact, it was never discussed. They usually provide adequate linen anyway.

Hope that helps

Jax

9. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 10y

I have travelled extensively throughout the world and Australia, and I have not ever come across a hostel that doesn't either give you a sheet and blanket as part of the nightly accommodation cost, or do it at an extra fee. A lot of the places I have stayed at they don't allow you to use a sleeping bag, some even charge you if you are caught using one. I have got this bed sheet that is sewn up in the way of a sleeping bag, and I have used that in basically every place I have stayed but just have that under the blanket and bed sheet that was provided. I have never experienced bed bugs not that I have been looking, but I haven't come up with itches or marks on me like is meant to happen when you've had bed bugs. So I don't know if I have just been lucky or don't get reactions to them or what, but bed bugs don't seem to be as bad a problem as people online seem to make out in my experience.

That sheet I have along with the blanket provided and other sheet has always been hot enough for me, even in the places where the weather was below zero. I carried fleecy PJ's and also Boxer shorts with me, but only in a couple of places I felt the need to use the fleecy PJ's.

10. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Quoting stevieh

Didn't stay in many hostels, but I know we managed to transport a duet of cockroaches in my partner's washbag! Keep things zipped.

Oh dear Lord l would freak out beyond belief if l found a roach anywhere near my toothbrush! Thanks for this hint lm awful for leaving things lying open!

Purdy