Hostel Etiquette: How To Be A Good Dorm Mate

November 30, 2014

Sharing a hostel dorm with a dozen of travelers and strangers is easily one of the best ways to save money from your trip. Naturally, hostel dorms are a lot cheaper than resorts, villas and hotels, with rates that are as low as five dollars, making it a great option for travelers on a budget.  What’s more, it can be quite a fun and rewarding experience, adding more excitement to your trip. As a matter of fact, it can often lead to lasting friendships with like-minded people.

But sharing a room with other people does not always lead to a peaceful hippie environment where everybody gets along perfectly. In hostels, most of the people you stay with are respectful, decent and amazing, but you could also bump into annoying dimwits who think that they own the entire hostel dorm.  Well, I hope you aren’t one of those bothersome roommates.

When staying in a shared dorm, you need to be courteous and friendly to your roommates. Otherwise, you will become a nightmare that everybody complains about. Here are some guidelines on how you can become a well-liked roommate and guest in your hostel.


Respect their sleeping schedules

Some hostel dorm mates are nocturnal partyholics who prefer to stay out until dawn, while others like to go to bed early. To be a good dorm mate, you don’t have to adjust your sleeping patterns for the people staying in your dorm. But, you have to mindful that not everybody’s sleeping pattern is similar to yours.

If you plan to stay out late, and explore your destination’s nightlife circuit, make sure to leave your toiletries and sleeping outfit on your bed, before your leave the hostel. That way, you won’t be rustling around in your luggage at the three o’clock in the morning. Also, don’t turn on the lights, and wake everybody up. As an alternative, use a flashlight or take advantage of your smartphone’s flashlight app.

Are you an early riser? If the rest of your hostel dorm mates are still sleeping, avoid putting on your music and throwing open the dorm’s curtains.


Avoid long showers

Although taking a long hot shower can be a soothing feeling, you should avoid spending a lot of time in there. Keep in mind that most hostels aren’t equipped with a ton of showers. Spending an hour in the shower will not only make your roommates late, but you could also end up using all the hot water in your hotel.

If you can’t resist taking a long shower, try to do it outside the rush hours of late evenings and early mornings.


Arrange your items

Don’t leave your USB flash drive, phone chargers and other personal belongings on the floor. Your dorm mates might get injured with your mess, by accidentally stepping into your scattered items.


Don’t hog the hostel’s computer

Just because the hostel provides free internet, it doesn’t mean you can spend the entire day using their computer. Like you, your dorm mates need to use the computer as well, so they can keep in touch with their loved ones back home.

If you need to spend more time in using the internet, it is best that you bring your own laptop, and use the hostel’s Wi-Fi. Just make sure, though, to store your laptop in a durable backpack, when not in use.


Help them plan their trip

Be a Good Samaritan, and help your dorm mates arrange and plan their trip with Trekeffect! Who knows? Maybe, some of them have yet to create a travel itinerary for their trip.


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Aldrich Infantado
Aldrich Infantado is a travel junkie and a writing aficionado who loves to share amazing travel tips to his fellow travelers.

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