Do you know what is the second most annoying noise in the universe, right after zippers? In Vietnam, the rustling of plastic bags in the otherwise silence of the night.
1. Do not bring plastic bags in a dorm room
Do you know what is the second most annoying noise in the universe, right after zippers? The rustling of plastic bags in the otherwise silence of the night. Of course you don’t know that, because you’re the one who has a collection of at least five of them, all filled with important stuff you desperately need before you go to bed. In hostels, few things inspire such intense homicidal intentions like trying to sleep but having to listen to a person searching for their toothbrush in every single plastic bag they shoved into the bottom of their very zippered backpack.
2.Keep your private conversations out of the dorm after midnight
You’re here to party and never need to sleep? Good for you. But some travelers actually do try to follow the natural rhythm of being awake during the day and sleeping at night. So if you get back to your dorm after midnight, just please shut up and get ready for bed as quietly as possible. This does not include sharing the newest gossip you just read on Facebook, watching YouTube videos, or discussing the plans for the next day with your newfound travel buddy.
3. Don’t steal anything from anyone
Even if you only need some salt, just ask. Travellers are nice to each other. Don’t take other people’s food. If it’s not yours, don’t eat it!
4. Bright lights
Talking of being up early, don’t turn on the lights whilst others are snoozing. Use your flashlight. That’s all you need. These days, most hostels also come with beds with private lights, use those.
5. Stay clean
Take regular showers and do laundry once a week. Nobody likes a smelly roommate.
6. Wear some clothes
Nobody wants to see you half naked all day long. The same goes for sleeping at night.
7. Please, just wash
Just brush your teeth and wash up. These rooms are smelly enough as it is, don’t make it worse with bad hygiene. No-one wants to be the person every dreads sleeping near. There’s no need to let hygiene standards slip just because you’re away
8. No sex in the dorm
Nobody can do that in complete silence. It’s all about respect. Take a private room!
9. Make friends
Introduce yourself around the dorm and the hostel. It is all about the human experience. Buy your hostel workers a drink once a week and have a beer with the group of people staying long-term in the hostel.
10. Use the tumble dryer
Don’t line your clothes up to dry all around the dorm.