My boyfriend and I are off travelling in just under 4 weeks and I was considering buying a mosquito net to use when we are staying in hostels or in beach huts but my boyfriend wondered where we'd hang it from. Do places usually have a hook in the ceiling for mosquito nets? If not how to people put one up?
Where are you going? I've traveled lots around Southeast Asia, India, China, South America, and a bit the pacific, and not once did I ever need a mosquito net. Anytime I've been in a place where they were needed, they were already in the room. Maybe they are needed in Africa, I don't know, but if you are heading to Asia, save your money and space in your backpack.
From your profile it sounds like you are going to SEA and South Africa?
If you are planning a mosquito net, then try to buy one with a center tie. It's the easiest and fastest to put up. But doesn't give you much space with out brushing off the edges which I hate.
In that case, or for the four poster style. Pack some safety pins and string.
When you stay in a place for more than a few days and want some space in the bed, hook the saftey pins on each of the four corners, tie string into the safety pins and pull them out and upwards to the four corners of the room. And either tie them onto something strong there (railings, doors, cupboards etc) or if you are staying in a real... shi*R# hole, use eyescrews to place them into wood. But beware a lot of hotels/hostels might not appreciate this.
Ask at reception otherwise, as a lot of them might give you a room with a hook set up already.
Your net should come with a few pills to soak in it before hand too, do this before you leave, its anti mosquito chemical. Instructions should be included with the type of net you buy as well.
You might want to check your regions too, in case you'll actually be in a place with low Malaria.