If you generally travel solo and belong to the gang of backpackers, putting up in a hostel dorm is something you must be used to. Hostels are a pocket-friendly option, especially for those filled with wanderlust but traveling on a shoestring budget. Well, while sharing a dorm, it is advisable to be a little more considerate about your fellow dorm guests. Here’s a list of do’s and don’ts when you opt to stay in a hostel.
1. Introduce yourself: While you may enjoy your own company the best, it is good to be friendly with the hostel staff. Introduce yourself to the hostel staff and to those sharing the room with you. This will help you get to know more about the place, when you wander off on your own.
2. Keep clean: While some backpackers are neatness freaks, some are not. You may belong to either category, but while sharing a dorm, you can get to the midway. Take a shower daily, coz after a sweaty day, trust us, nobody will find your fragrance appealing. Meanwhile, make sure you don’t leave your things (backpack, charger, clothes) lying around. Keep everything close to your own bed, so that if there is a midnight rustler, he/she doesn’t have to trip over the things you left on the floor.
3. Put up with the lights or buy and eye-mask: If you aren’t much of a late night person and are booked in a hostel popular for parties, don’t sit and crib about the lights. However, be prepared with an eye mask and retire to bed by covering your eyes.
4. Don’t forget ear plugs: Everyone may not share the same taste in music as you, so putting the music on speakers is not a good idea in a hostel. What more, imagine if you have a roomie who does exactly that? Well, ear plugs will come to your rescue in both these cases. You can plug in earphones to listen to music and avoid being in the latter category, or you can plug them in to cut out the loud music.
5. Carry a torch: If you have plans to return late in the night, please carry a torch so that you don’t have to switch on the light and disturb those in deep slumber. Also, before stepping out for your night out, set your nightclothes on the bed, so that you make as less noise as possible on returning to the dorm.
6. Don’t overuse the WiFi: If you are lucky enough and your hostel provides WiFi, please use it only when necessary. As you won’t be the only one using it, those unnecessary uploads on your Facebook wall can wait till you return home.
7. Clean your own mess: If you cook your own food at the hostel, ensure that you clean your plates once you are done eating. It isn’t your parents’ house, after all. Some hostels actually carry such signboards!
8. Be considerate of the room temperature: While you may love the cold, there might be some in your dorm who can’t tolerate it at all. So, if the outside temperature is very low, shut the windows or at least ask if everyone in the room is comfortable with the icy breeze blowing in.
9. Avoid an hour long shower: You might love singing in the bathroom and those decision making thoughts that you get in there. But these can wait when you are staying in a hostel. There will be at least 4-5 people awaiting their turn to the bathroom, so be courteous to the fellow travelers.
10. Be careful: While talking on the phone, or with your dorm-mate, don’t reveal more than necessary. Don’t talk about your travel plans or where you keep your important stuff. This is to be cautious and avoid thefts.
Well, there are many more points that could be added here, but as of now, hope you adhere to these. On a parting note, we must tell you that don’t wash your dirty linen in public…
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