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"bed sheets not available"

newbie at traveling. looking at bookings (Osaka, Varanasi, Paris, etc), I occasionally run into that phrase on room details. Does this mean I need to pack sheets, or buy them when I arrive? Seems very wierd! That's a lot of bulk and weight and never seen it mentioned on Rick's videos.
Thanks!!!

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Ah! a duvet cover! Perfect!!! Many thanks!!!

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Unless, of course, you are renting a week-long gite or other holiday booking -- for those, many locals prefer to pack their own sheets and towels in the back of the car. In that case, rental linens can be available for a fee.

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It would help if you gave a few examples of the type of places you are looking at. I typically stay in 2-3 Star hotels, private rooms, and have never had to bring my own bedding. However, if you are talking Hostels, things vary, but a sleep sack is typical. If you are talking apartments or other house type lodging, then yeah, maybe that is a requirement, but again, 20+ years of European travel, never run into it.

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Paul’s point is very important. What this means is really dependent on what kind of establishment you are looking at.

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What Paul and Kim said although many places will allow you to rent sheets at a nominal price.

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Many times I take a silk sleep sack when traveling to questionable places.

It is very comfortable. It makes a nice thin cover for when it is hot and adds extra warmth under the covers when it is cold.

It also provides privacy when sleeping on an airplane or in airports.

I have the rectangular version with pillow pocket. I consider it to be an excellent purchase.

BTW - I’m team Duvet

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@Paul, here's one from Osaka
EDITED - the orbitz listing for this showed bed sheets not available, but this link shows "linens".
hotel

def not hostel type!

Edit: I checked the one in Varanasi but they didn't mention it.
Generally 3 star or such. Though I would love to be adventurous in India and meet people, no air conditioning is a killer for me at that location. :)

EDIT: the idea of silk sheets sounds easy - just hit the local fabric store for 5 yds of 45" wide - easy peazy, and light!
For the pillow, I was thinking of a long narrow one - goes from shoulder to waist with a strap for behind back - good for coach even if can't recline for some reason - inflatable so much easier to carry than the mem foam travel pillow I use at home (sleep back or side.) I do not like conventional pillows.
pillow

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I am no expert on Japan, only been once on business, I went through the Expedia listing, and then went to their website. My Observations?

  • The hotel is what I call a long stay hotel, so limited housekeeping, no changing of bedding unless you are there more than a week.
  • The pictures certainly show hotel provided bedding, though it appears to be more of a Duvet
  • The Hotel's website does not mention providing your own "sheets" My thought is that, in the case of the Japan hotel, it may be a cultural thing, bedding is provided, but not Western type bedding. They do provide "Sleep clothes", and offer them daily with towels, so the expectation is you wear pajamas and cover with a Duvet, no sheets? So I would not be concerned about bringing or buying full bedding. Myself, other than boxers, I can't wear anything when I sleep and Duvets tend to be too hot, so I might consider bringing a sheet.

The sleep sack may still be worth bringing along. My wife actually does this, she can be a bit sketchy about hotel bedding, and usually brings her own sheet or sleep sack and her own pillow as well.

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Thanks Paul - I def don't need housekeeping and don't care if the sheets aren't changed for the week I'm there. I shower before bed so they stay clean. Thought about the sheets while I slept and realized that trying to stuff even silk sheets into a Travelpro Maxlite 4-soft (now 5-soft, same size) would be a bit much - straw - camel... I tend to travel very light and think very light. Layers. Simplistic. (think "summer".) Maybe a poly sleeping bag liner for the just-in-case. Def PJs.

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Thought about the sheets while I slept and realized that trying to stuff even silk sheets into a Travelpro Maxlite 4-soft (now 5-soft, same size) would be a bit much

Silk sleep sacks are about the size of a soda can when stuffed into their carry bag. They also compress.

Here is a picture of mine in its stuff sack

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Cindy H - I see one on amazon for $50 that claims to be 8oz, but I don't know about the soda can size. Do you have any favorites?

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Hey Kris

Yes. I stand by full silk travel sheets made by outdoor companies. Mine (Cocoon) is no longer made which is why I suggested Sea to Summit. I have many S2S products and they’ve always been excellent. The one I linked to in my first post is on sale if you get the green version. It is a very good price at $50. It is 6oz. Again, the link is here.

I also prefer the rectangular version (more room for my legs). I like the pillow pocket because it keeps the pillow from sliding away.

Many of the other travel sheets are made of microfiber or cotton. These are bulkier and heavier. They also snag a bit when moving around in your sleep. The microfiber and cotton are significantly cheaper though.

People object to the silk version because a) it kills silkworms and b) it can get a lot of static in low humidity areas c) it is fragile.

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yes on the wanting more width than 33". S2S doesn't have any at, say, 43".

I was looking at
sheets

sorry for the long links - how do you make little links?

I don't buy the objections to silk.

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The silk quality is probably less. It’s not tear resistant. The stuff sack is larger. It also doesn’t say it is machine washable. So it’s probably more fragile.

I have never heard of Exploren and it doesn’t show on google search. I’m wondering if it isn’t a Chinese knock off.

To make a short link do the following:

  1. Type out the words in the sentence
  2. Copy your link.
  3. Highlight the words in the sentence that you want to use for your link
  4. Click on the world icon (hyperlink icon)
  5. Fill in the link.
  6. Return.
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link

I'm quite sure it is made in China as is most everything (that I can afford) these days. I can not afford to be politically correct. However, you do make a good point about non-tear. I'll have to check out the stuff in the fabric store. There's no rush on this. I have the time. Thanks.
" It is also machine washable and fast drying so it " in both amazon and ebay listing.

Thanks for the guide to how to make a link. I tested it above with ebay link. Thanks!

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Hi Kris

My biggest concern about off brand Chinese items is quality and sub par materials.

As a former student I get he budget thing

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Thanks. I read on one site that a good momme for bed sheets is 19-25, and on a different site, that 8 momme (which this is) is good for scarves. The (fake) silk scarves I have are too thin for sheets, so very good point! Makes me curious as to the thickness of the stuff in the fabric store. I'm sure it is labeled. I'll have to go check.

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Wow. I've never received many replies, except that none answer my question. I can't believe that "Bed sheets not available" refers to the guest having to supply the bed sheets. That would be ridiculous. I rather believe that it relates to some kind of sheet, maybe a duvet or blanket or comfort. I found this warning in 3 & 4 star hotels in Istanbul and Rome. Find out for yourself. These are some samples. Hotel Nord Nuova, Hotel Lirico and Hotel Morgana in Rome. There are hundreds of hotels in Rome and quite a few have the same warning. I really appreciate your concern. Jay