BACKPACKER HOSTEL ETIQUETTE
Multiple room sleeping means multiple night-habits and potential night disturbances. It is for this reason, that good manners, or hostel etiquette is paramount when staying in group accommodation in Melbourne.
Most people are not used to sharing a room with others, particularly strangers. Sleeping in a room with 9 other people might mean sacrificing a perfect nights sleep.
Read on to find out if you are guilty of any of these hostel no-nos.
Crinkling plastic bags. Using plastic grocery bags seems to be a favorite among backpackers - probably as a money-saving technique - but crinkling plastic bags at 3 am when you are about to leave to catch your early morning flight is bad behavior. Either step outside to dig around for your deodorant stick or get it out the night before!
Spreading your things. Figuring out where to put all your things in a hostel dorm isn’t a simple task, but strewing it around the entire room as if it were your private hotel is not the way to go. Common courtesy stipulates that you ought to use half the space beneath the bottom bed for your backpack, plus part of your own bed for hanging things. Strew as much things as you want on top of your own bed, but keep it to that.
Turning the lights on. Most hostels do not have specific lights out hours, however, the basic idea is - if it's past 10 pm and you open the door to a dark room and there is someone asleep in your dorm, never turn the lights on! Most hostels now equip each bed with its own reading light. Or even better, put your trusty backpacker torch into use!
Intimate activities. Need we say more? If you wouldn’t want to be witness to it, don’t partake!
Dressing/undressing. Hostels have bathrooms. Use them. If you are a pro at getting dressed or undressed under the covers, then by all means go wild. But if you can't pull your pants up or de-bra yourself without flashing everybody, please get naked in the privacy of a bathroom.
Hanging your towel on a stranger's bed. A lot of backpackers hang their towels to dry at the end of the bed, and that's fine, so long as it's your bed. Don't assume that, just because the people in the next bunk over haven't used the space at the end of their beds for drying, that it's fair game. It all comes down to keeping your stuff to your own space.
Moving other people's things. This one appears quite clear, but you would be surprised how any item left out seems to grow legs and move. Luckily, most hostels have lockers in each room, so you can keep everything in one place.
Snoring. This is another ailment that, for many people, can't be helped. And gentle snoring is something that many people in a hostel dorm could ignore, but if you are a one of those fog horns (and you know who you are), group accommodation in Melbourne is not for you. Look at getting a private room - for everyone else's sake.