I’ve been in more hostels than I can count since I’ve started traveling, and have gained some perspective on the behaviors of a typical backpacker whilst living around others. Here are some simple tips to help you have a civil stay with people who may have grown up quite differently than yourself! Real life in hostels can be crazy, but it can work!
Ok, guys. many hostel rooms are smaller than they should be, filled with already smelly backpackers suffocating their peers. Some hostels don’t allow the windows to open due to avoiding the problem of jumpers. So WHY, in anyone’s right mind would they spray strong perfume or spray deodorant? If you’re great enough for the scent to not affect you, at least have a little consideration for your newfound friends (or enemies) and step out of the room before you spray.
Occasionally backpackers do sleep, contrary to popular belief. At least, the smart ones do. And these ones would appreciate if your 3am conversations were held outside the room or at least with an effort to whisper. Holding a full volume at 3pm with your friend while your 9 roommates are trying to sleep is a great way to have something sleep-thrown at your head. Just be a little considerate and try to keep the noise down when entering and exiting. This includes not letting the door slam when you forget your washcloth five times in a row on the way to the bathroom.
“Your mom isn’t here to clean up your mess.”
Use this as your motto in hostels. Throwing your 80L backpack, two suitcases, and three extra bags all over your hostel room floor is a great way to get stuff broken or crushed by your roommates whose pathway to their bed is blockaded by your manmade mountain. Many hostels offer lockers. Pile as much stuff in, and then claim a bed by putting some luggage on said bed. Other roommates don’t know which bed is yours if your stuff is taking up the floor space in front of four beds. This invalidates your anger at losing your favorite bed when you get back to the room.
If you are perfectly aware of the fact that you snore like a wildebeest, yet have not made any attempt to remedy the situation in any way, please don’t book a room with 12 beds. You will not only:
- cause a rebellion
- infuriate your eleven roommates
- they will keep you awake just as much as you’re keeping them awake.
Sometimes snoring like an elephant can mean an underlying medical condition you should probably have checked out. When my ear plugs are completely ineffective against your snoring, you either need to train yourself to sleep on your side, or find a solution. Believe me, angry roommates will throw anything in the vicinity (REAL LIFE).
If you’re in a share room, chances are there will be some valuables in the room. Whether they be your own or someone else’s, no one is happy when their stuff gets stolen because of the carelessness of someone else. Always make sure your door is:
- shut behind you
- closed completely
Also in the case that a hostel has single bathrooms (!!), always remember to lock the door behind you. There’s no saving you while you’re sitting on the toilet and someone barges in. From experience, people don’t generally like to knock before they try to break the door down. If your door is locked, there is no worry of this. Just lock it, and stay calm when drunken hostel mates try to break the doorknob getting in.
What are your hostel experiences? Do you have any go to tips to survive life in a hostel? Leave a comment!