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How To Cook When Staying In A Youth Hostel

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If you are going on a backpacking trip or any kind of excursion that involves staying for an extended period in youth hostels, you will have to think about how you are going to cook. The first step is to find out if the youth hostel has a communal kitchen. If so then you can cook basic meals for yourself, but you have to remember to be sensible and not carry foods that will perish quickly - tinned foods are often easiest.

Make sure you check where you are allowed to eat food, and also if there is a certain part of the fridge you should use. If you buy meat or poultry and then take it back to the hostel to cook, make sure you wash all the surfaces and utensils before you begin. Try and cook small portions so that there aren't leftovers, because storing them is awkward. When you do want to leave food in the fridge then label it well, but even then you cannot guarantee that it will stay there untouched for very long!

If it turns out that you can only buy things in larger quantities, then one way of getting round this is to cook communally with other hostel guests that you have got to know.

Similarly, if there are fellow guests you have made friends with, then you can try and find restaurants that offer menus where you can order a variety and share, this will often be cheaper than going out alone. The hostel should be able to tell you about restaurants in the area that are ideal for your budget too.

Sometimes being a member of the Youth Hostelling Association means that you get discounts at local pubs and eateries in the neighbourhood.

Some hostels offer breakfast included in the price of your accommodation, and others offer breakfast and do meals at lunchtime and in the evening, but you must pay for these separately.

By: Bev Woolfson on Fri, Apr 26th 2002

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