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21. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 6y

Pics of hostel lockers like the ones I had:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b6/Hostel_Lockers.jpg
http://www.cronullabeachyha.com/backpackers/images/lockers-safe.jpg
http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/01/23/56/70/lockers.jpg

You can gauge whether your suitcase would fit in something like this.

Maybe if you get ones like these:

http://image02.webshots.com/2/6/41/64/122264164EFJbUU_fs.jpg

Probably not with these:
http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/01/75/74/a4/hostel-lockers.jpg
http://wiki.hostelmanagement.com/wiki/images/thumb/6/6e/Small_Hostel_Locker.jpg/180px-Small_Hostel_Locker.jpg

You just don't know what you are going to get.

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Aug-2010, at 12:54 by laurim ]

22. Posted by amotravl (Budding Member 15 posts) 6y

ok-my suitcase is approx. 2'2" L x10"Hx16" W-will this fit in the small lockers at hostels?

23. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 6y

Might or might not, some lockers have shelves in them that would get in the way. Put what you care about in the locker, leave the rest in the suitcase. What are you taking that you are so concerned about? Staying in a hostel dorm requires a certain amount of trust and cooperation.

24. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 6y

Doing a quick calculation on the size of your bag I think it is around 70 liters /4100 cubic inches.

That is quite on the large size, try to go for a smaller bag. Around 40 liters /2500 cubic inches would be good. That is approx. half the size of what you are currently taking. Look for something that is "carry-on" sized. Anything else is going to be cumbersome.

Essentially you need to bring 3-4 changes of clothing, 5-7 sets of undies, 3-4 pairs of socks, 1 pair of shoes, 1 small towel, silverware, airtight plastic bowl (lock&lock, tupperware, etc). That doesn't take up a lot of space. When your stuff is dirty wash. Most hostels have laundry service.

Most essential: Try to keep the weight of your bag under 10 kgs/22lbs.

EDIT: Took a look at your profile, but I did not really need it. With a bag this big there will be no doubt about your nationality. US-Americans are always determined to bring more with them on a one-week-holiday to Europe than what their forefathers brought to the USA when they emigrated.

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Aug-2010, at 19:02 by t_maia ]

25. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 6y

Quoting t_maia

EDIT: Took a look at your profile, but I did not really need it. With a bag this big there will be no doubt about your nationality. US-Americans are always determined to bring more with them on a one-week-holiday to Europe than what their forefathers brought to the USA when they emigrated.

LOL- I understand why you would think this way. I think it's more a combination of being American and being a young, inexperienced traveller who is used to having help with luggage or any easy drag from the taxi to the fancy hotel room. I travel for work a lot and can reliably predict that the huge suitcase coming around on the carousel will belong to a young woman who can barely drag it off the belt. Do I help them? Nope, because they need to learn to only pack what they can easily carry. One miserable vacation lugging a huge suitcase up and down the stairs in train stations and hotels ought to break them from the overpacking habit.

amotravl: please don't take offense by our teasing. We're trying to save you from having a bad trip, really. I fight my own urge to take all my cute stuff with me every time I travel.

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Aug-2010, at 13:37 by laurim ]

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