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Hostel Do's and Don'ts

Can't stand the stench of next bed's owner's socks? Can't sleep cause the couple above are getting it on?
13 years ago, April 17th 2008 No: 1 Msg: #32894  
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We've all stayed in dorm rooms with people that have annoying habits or do stupid things. What are some of the unwritten laws when staying with other people you don't know in a dorm room? Reply to this

13 years ago, April 17th 2008 No: 2 Msg: #32897  
Don't wake them up at 3am asking if they wish to spoon. This has never happened to me by the way. But it is one of my fears. Reply to this

13 years ago, April 18th 2008 No: 3 Msg: #32931  
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If you know you are leaving early the next morning, pack your bag the night before! Don't turn the light on in the early hours and start rustling round with everything then.... Reply to this

13 years ago, April 18th 2008 No: 4 Msg: #32934  
Hello Camo 😊

I shared a dorm room in Taillinn with two 65(well around that age) year old men for around 4 hours .
They kept waking me up to ask for cigarettes and to ask me questions like what time it is in Stokholm and if I want to buy a watch......
After around 4 hours I went to the reception to ask for another room. :D

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13 years ago, April 18th 2008 No: 5 Msg: #32955  
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In dorm rooms I think these are definetely some of unwritten rules;

Don't rustle plastic bags when people are sleeping.
Don't turn on the lights when people are sleeping.
Don't talk loudly when people are sleeping.
Don't wander around scantily clad or undressed (even if you are a looker!)
Don't lock the other members of your dorm room out.
Don't pick the bunk above the only other person in the dorm.

Do be friendly and say hello to everyone - who is awake 😊
Do take earplugs and an eye mask for when the other people in the dorm ignore the "don'ts".
Do pack in the day time if leaving at 4am
Do consider a hotel room when getting it on
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13 years ago, April 18th 2008 No: 6 Msg: #32969  
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Do consider a hotel room when getting it on


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13 years ago, April 18th 2008 No: 7 Msg: #32978  
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Don't trust your own nose to tell you that you reek - shower regularly, launder your clothes regularly, and use deoderant. This counts double for teenagers.
Don't think that whispering doesn't wake people up - if you really need to have a conversation while people are sleeping then do it outside of the dorm
Don't take up more than your fair share of floor space, hangers, hooks, electrical outlets, shelves, etc
Don't snore

Do agree with your dormmates that it is acceptable, without fear of reprisals, to throw things at snorers

Are we including usage of common areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, and lounges in this thread? Actually, don't get me started ... Reply to this

13 years ago, April 18th 2008 No: 8 Msg: #32982  
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DO open dorm's window(s) if there is no AC operated inside the room (!!!). We need somekind of air movement inside the room.
DO compile your stuff, including towels and dirty underwear in one corner, preferably around your bed, so they won't scatter around the room.
DO let other people know if you borrow something from them, no matter how nice other people are.
DO be considerate if you're speaking other languages. I know, English seems to be the unofficial language around hostels, but if you want to speak other languages, don't let it be the dominating language in the room.

DON'T have boyfriend/girlfriend in an opposite gender enters the room many, many times when its sleeping time. Uhm, I am sleeping, btw.
DON'T leave your valuables in your bed if you're taking shower or away from room, coz if someone took them, I don't want to be blamed for it.
DON'T eat or drink smelly food inside the room, i.e. durian fruit.

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13 years ago, April 19th 2008 No: 9 Msg: #33002  
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Don't ask to turn off the lights at 8.30pm and expect everyone to stop reading because you have an early dive in the morning.
Do invest in an eye mask.

Don't hang your dripping swimming gear to dry in the dorm. Do hang it outside where the sun shines.

Don't wake people up at 6 in the morning and ask if they're cold. Do have the common sense that if they're sleeping, they must be warm enough. Reply to this

13 years ago, April 21st 2008 No: 10 Msg: #33121  
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Hi guys,
Keep you kids quite.
Don't step over any part of another person.
Don't point with the middle finger at anyone.
Don't Speak publicly about your travel plans around strangers.
Plan your route carefully. Not sure which roads or highways to use? Ask your travel agent or AAA for assistance.
Stock your car with a first aid kit and, if you’re traveling in cold weather bring a blanket, candles and rock salt.

anyobody wants to participate in my photo contest?

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13 years ago, April 24th 2008 No: 11 Msg: #33423  
Hey guys. Ran a hostel for 2 years so I have the other side of ther situation.

Don't eat in the room. (apart from smells it will attract insects- No matter how clean it gets bits of food will fall through the cracks and nobody likes ants.)
Don't have SEX.. (get a private room as most hostels have)
Don't leave a mess of clothes and belongings and food (kitchen) (staff can't manage every room - they a e mainly there to oversee the reception and common areas)
Don't leave anything valuable unattended EVER- ( Most hostels should provide a safe or locker for you- not everybackpacker is a nice and honest as you are )
Don't try to bring your fling for the night back to the hostel (even guests with private rooms will usually not be allowed do this and having sex with a stranger in a dorm is just sleasey)
This one is not nice but.. Check for bed bugs. Report immediatley and ask to be moved or given a refund.

Do report anything to a hostel - ask directly for the manager ( if you are ignored at least you know then that the staff are not very good at their job)
Dont just leave pissed of. Definitely say something. While I was a manager i would refund, give free bus tickets, whatever to the unhappy guest simply because they were a paying punter and it was a priority to keep them happy. Internet ratings are the most important thing so hostels want to keep them high. Reply to this

13 years ago, April 25th 2008 No: 12 Msg: #33539  
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Don't be the annoying person who just won't shut up and wants to tell EVERYONE about all their amazing adventures and acts superior to newbie travellers (even though everyone in the room has probably done exactly the same thing the week before!)
Try not to run off all the hot water three days running (I'm guilty of this one I'm afraid)
Striking up random conversations is fine (and generally very welcome) but respect people who don't want to join in (burying their head under their pillow is generally a good indication)
Don't run into the room every ten minutes when drunk (for those hostels that have bars attached) because you've forgotton something when people are trying to sleep, trip over something, swear and giggle and shush each other very loudly and then repeat the whole process ten minutes later.
Don't expect someone random in your room to be an interpreter for you (this one can be quite annoying)
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13 years ago, May 1st 2008 No: 13 Msg: #34067  
I agree with all the points made, but am I just stricken with bad luck or does anyone else share the same fate of having at least one major don't happen in every single hostel they've ever been in?
That could be its very own hilarious (or at least disgusting) topic all by itself: The unfortunate events we've all been witness to in a hostel!
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13 years ago, May 1st 2008 No: 14 Msg: #34069  
Well have have to agree with the no sex thing! waking up at 4 in the morning and trying to get to sleep to the motion of the ocean because the guy below you has brought a random back is no fun, I asure you!

And also the language thing - if you're talking to people in your dorm and you're the only ones inthere i think it's quite rude for the others to start talking to each other in another language (or maybe I should just get the hint!) Reply to this

13 years ago, May 1st 2008 No: 15 Msg: #34070  
Fawkes, at least you only had to put up with the motion. A buddy of mine was in a hostel where the top bunk was connected and separated with the next bunk by a thin piece of plywood about a foot in height. Not much when you figure in the height of the mattress. Any way, his bunk mate brought a girl back and while said bunkmate was getting a loud bj, he also felt the need to blurt out lines he must've picked up from a really bad porno.
My friend said it was a shock to wake up to the combination bad porn lines, loud bj, and a visibly naked chick bobbing up and down right next to him. He wanted to ask the guy if there was anything he could do to help so he could try and get back to sleep, but was afraid the guy might say 'okay'. Reply to this

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