Visiting a different city or even a country for that matter is an amazing experience in itself and with traveling comes the whole sort of responsibilities and some considerations as well. And accommodation is one of the factors that one needs to be very careful with as they would want their stay to be as smooth and fuss-free as possible. Travelers should be really flexible with their accommodation as every place has different things to offer, and that greatly depends on various factors like the location, amenities, etc. Today, hotels are not the only form of accommodation; hostels are also becoming a popular choice of accommodation amongst travelers due to various reasons such as it goes light on budget (perfect for people traveling on budget), gives a home-like feeling, gives you a chance to meet and interact with other travelers and many more things. All in all, staying in hostels can be a really great experience, filled with fun, lots of memories, new friends and some experiences that are worth adding to your travels. However, for people who are staying in the hostel for the very first time, there are a few things that you should know as it will ensure that your stay in the hostel goes smoothly without any kind of fuss.
We have laid a list of some tips for you. Keep on reading to know about them.
While earplugs are great travel accessories and can be used all the time you travel, especially when it’s too noisy outside, and all you want is to get some sleep, but there is more purpose to it than you thought it to serve. Dorm rooms are great and all and can be pretty cheap as compared to those lavish hotels that can easily burn a hole in your pocket, but there are some downsides to it as well. For instance, shared rooms mean people of all different types, and the loud snorers can be the most annoying thing while you are trying to sleep at night. Hence, carrying earplugs with you and putting it on at night to save yourself from all the loud snoring will help to have a good night’s sleep. So always carry them in your backpack.
Bring an eye mask
If you are a light sleeper and don’t like getting disturbed with all the light passing into the room while you are sleeping, then carrying an eye mask with you is something you should definitely consider. Sometimes, people arrive late at the hostel, and they usually turn the lights on to make things visible and see what they are doing. And that is when you may get disturbed from the light reflecting into the room. Hence, an eye mask is an absolute savior, and it tends to come really handy during such light encounters.
Padlock is necessary
Carrying a padlock is for your own safety to keep your personal and important belongings safe. Although hostels greatly work on trust and there’s no such thing to worry about while staying in one, but it’s always good to be safe than sorry. There are very minimal chances of your belongings getting lost, but just to be on a safer side and being extra careful with your stuff can provide extra assurance. You can either hire the padlocks from the hostel itself or you can choose to carry one of your own, which is always the best thing to do.
Meet and socialize with the people staying in the hostel
There’s nothing better than a warm and friendly environment to stay in. And you can easily make your stay more comfortable and easy by introducing yourself to the people staying in the hostel. The day you arrive at the hostel, it’s best to try to meet and introduce yourself to others. It will make the atmosphere in the dorm more comfy and friendly. Also, this gesture will win you so many friends with whom you can plan your future expeditions and stay connected with them for the long term.
Know the basic room etiquettes
Being considerate and following proper etiquettes while living in a dorm room can always help you in the long run. These are basic manners that one ought to follow, especially when they are staying at someone else’s place. While you should completely feel like home while staying at a hostel but always maintain the line and be considerate of a few things like keeping the room free of your mess, cleaning the bathroom after using it, being less noisy when someone is trying to sleep, not touching others belongings and many more things. These are the things that make you a better visitor and a tourist.