Hi there everyone,
I'm arriving in Sydney on the 23rd March (staying in the Footprints Hostel on Pitt St) and was wondering what equipment if any do you need to bring over such as sleeping bag, pillow, blanket etc or do most of the hostels provide it for you. Also If you do need hiking equipment, is it easier and cheaper to buy in Sydney than hauling it around the world from Ireland??
You can get most bedding things at any hostel. Sometimes free, sometimes for a small fee. I generally travel with my sleeping bag and maybe a pillow case (stuffed with clothes it makes a great pillow) if I am planning to be moving around a lot and staying at different accommodations. It's worth it if you choose to camp a night or two and will save you some money in terms of bedding. Also, at least you know from day one that when you started your trip, your sleeping bag still fit in your backpack. If you buy one after three months, you might find it a tight fit with other things you pick up along the way...
Thanks Sam for the advice.
I plan on bringing a pillow case as you suggested and an old duvet cover
also. I do have a good travel sleeping bag but its a bit on the heavier side (more suited to the colder European winters)! I'll probably just buy one out in Sydney in a supermarket if they're cheap. Now I have to find out what injections if any, I need for Australia
What's the duvet cover for? I'd personally go for a sleeping sheet if you're concerned about hygiene. Most any hostel will have blankets that you can throw over that. That would just about be enough to get by if you wanted to save on weight.
I'm not sure how long you're staying and where you're going to in Australia, but things can actually get pretty cold in the south (Victoria / Tasmania) during the winter months.
If you want to lug a sleeping bag around, I'd suggest you get a good quality down one as they can be compressed much more than the synthetic ones (the're warm too!). The cheap ones are usually quite large and heavy and not the best for carrying around.
Just taught an empty duvet cover wud b handy. Not worried about hygiene. I have a decent travel sleeping bag that rolls up. I know the older heavy ones that you're talking about which are too bulky. I plan on staying in Australia till at least Christmas time if my funds don't run out..