We thought we might help you with this packing checklist. We did an extensive survey with our guests at the Amstel House Hostel reception and this is the result: the top 25 things you want to pack in your backpack next to your clothes:
passport (valid 6 months+)
any required visas
cell phone, charger
wallet (money, credit cards, insurance cards)
flash light (or cell phone with flash light app)
first aid kit
scissors, tape, travel sewing kit, match box
daypack, laundry bag
hat / cap
water purification tablets
And as long as you are preparing, check our top 10 list of handy travel apps. Travelling solo or keen on meeting new people while travelling? See our 15 tips to make friends when arriving in a new place.
Couscous is very hostel-proof since you only need to drench it with boiling water. This easy backpacker recipe is a perfect dish for a large group of people, so if you’re going to host a dinner party just multiply the ingredients below and invite other travellers to have dinner together, like a real Moroccan family.
Ingredients (serves 2)
3 tbs of olive oil
ts of cumin/cinnamon/corinader*
3 cm of fresh ginger, g Continue reading
At the Amstel House Hostel Berlin we meet happy adventurers every day. These inspiring travellers and their amazing stories make our work more fun than fun. But every now and then we hear a story that we can’t keep to ourselves.
Meet Valerie and Tim. This Flemish couple has been travelling the globe on a daily budget of €9 for the past two years. Mixing their travel experiences with their love for the mountains they just came up with a great idea. If they have it their way an American Schoolbus will soon be converted into a fully serviced hostel bus chasing the best powder in the Alpes. They call it the ‘Nomads Bus’. And you can be on it! The Amstel House just sponsored the last bit on their Indiegogo campaign to get our name carved in the bus!
This summer, Valerie and Tim together with a team of architects and interior designers will build a dorm room with 6 bunk beds into the school bus. Time and Valerie aim to create a chalet vibe with an après ski area outside the bus and a cozy wooden hot stove. Val will be cooking the guests some delicious wholesome meals and it will definitely get cozy with a total of 25m2 living space!
The nomads bus will target winter sport lovers who enjoy adventure over luxury. Experienced skiers and snowboarders who crave something different. People who prefer riding the powder hills, meeting fellow adventurers and exploring the back country.
Tickets for riding the Nomads bus this winter are available from the website (below). You can choose your preferred time period and sector.
Tim and Val are also looking for Nomads who are willing to become a part of the Nomads family. More specifically they are looking for media nomads to film, local nomads to show the best spots of their winter habitat and skilled nomads who can help us convert the bus.
” ….their new idea could possibly be the best invention to come from the Flemish Kingdom since the Tin Tin comics, or the museum of chips…..”
– Whitelines Magazine
Start your day with an energy boosting PB-Banana smoothie. Blend 1 tbsp peanut butter with a banana, 1/2 a cup of milk (soy, almond or cow), 1 tbsp of honey or chopped dates and an avocado. This easy backpacker recipe is also great anti hangover stuff!
In case you wonder what to do with the rest of the peanut butter jar, here are some tips:
- Prepare the healthy Elvis Presly sandwich by toasting some bread with peanut butter and sliced banana (and honey when available). nom nom!
- PB on a sandwich with sliced cucumber is a good combination if you prefere a salty lunch.
- Use it as a dip, serving PB with fresh fruits like pear, banana and apple.
- Fill some dried dates up with peanut butter as a healthy snack. Continue reading
The coming weekend is a special one for the Moabiters. Ortstermin, the biggest and most famous Art Festival of the Berlin District Moabit, is going to take place. Spread over the island in galleries, ateliers, culture venues up to the streets, more than 200 artists will be presenting their work inspired by a common theme, Revolution.
Attending the festival for the first time, the Amstel House is pleased to invite you to the exhibition Sweet Rev3nge, encounter and interaction between five artists: Federico Gomitolo, Martin Heiden, Julez Lefherz, Vinicius Gaspar and VJ Kalma. The exhibition will feature works of photography, video and street art.
The Opening will take place at our Lobby on May 23 at 7 p.m. Besides inspiring art, nice music and good drinks will also be part of the event.
See you there!
Amstel House Hostel | Waldenserstr. 31, 10551 Berlin
WHERE TO SLEEP
We are smitten with Ace Hotel. From tiny rooms to loft, they are al dandy spectacular and at a perfect location in the center of Manhattan.Since its opening in 2012 we added a new favorite to our wish list; the Whyte Hotel (picture above) in the hot & hip Williamsburg (Brooklyn) area.
Although nothing is cheap in the Big Apple, for one night at these two hotels you can get the royal treatment at the Amstel House Berlin for over a week so let’s get more realistic… More budget friendly options are Continue reading
Instant noodles, cornflakes and canned hotdogs are probably the most common easy backpacker meals you’ll spot in a hostel kitchen. Here’s a new idea. Forget about your ’just add water-noodles’. You can do better than that! Noodles are cheap, really simple to prepare and you easily turn them into a healthy meal. They’re quick as well, imagine that it will take as long as Mr. Scruff’s Fresh Noodle song to prepare them.
We substituted normal noodles for buckwheat noodles, because buckwheat is energizing, nutritious, and a good source of magnesium and fibers which makes this dish a perfect base for a night out.
Ingredients (serves 2)
200 gr buckwheat noodles
2 hands full of mushrooms (shiitake or any other kind of mushrooms, shitake or any
1 tbsp olive oil
Seasalt and pepper to season Continue reading
Nice food, yummy chocolates, great beers and a vibrant night life. What’s not to love about Antwerp? A great stop over if you’re travelling between Amsterdam and Paris! With our hot spot tips below you will get the most out of Antwerp.
WHERE TO START YOUR DAY
Get your wake up shot at Kolonel Coffee. It’s the absolute best start of your day. Whether it is recovering from a hangover or getting ready for some city exploring. Kobe is the young barista who Continue reading
Everybody likes burgers and off course we have the best easy backpacker recipe for you! At Amstel, we are famous for our summer Burger BBQs. It has been known to start a good party or two. Home made burgers taste so much better than the ones you buy in the supermarket, but if you’re really running out of time, you could use those as a base as well.
Ingredients (serves 2)
1/2 zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch rounds
1/2 eggplant, cut into 1/2 inch rounds
2 tomatoes, cut into 1/2 inch rounds Continue reading
Imagine travelling with a bunch of new friends and then you discover that one is having his birthday the next day. What’s better than a home made birthday cake? Here’s the easy backpacker recipe of a super easy water-in-the-mouth lemon cake that’s going to impress everyone and doesn’t request a lot of baking tools. Heck, who needs a birthday? Start baking already…
250 gr butter
500 gr all-purpose flour
4 eggs Continue reading