17 Things Not To Do In A Hostel Dorm

Whether you’re getting ready for your first time in a dorm room or you’re an experienced backpacker here are some things that you should consider for your next hostel stay.


  1. Don’t hit the snooze button!

We get it, everyone has to be up early at some point but a sure way to piss off everyone in the dorm is to be that guy. Don’t be that guy.

  1. Pack the night before at a reasonable time.

If you know you’re leaving in the morning why not make it convenient for yourself? Everyone will be thankful. As long as you don’t pack in the middle of the night. Then no one will be thankful.

  1. Use reusable bags over plastic.

It’s better for the environment. And for everyone’s ears.

  1. Don’t eat or drink in the room.
Many hostels in Southeast Asia will go so far as to fine you if you bring in Durian.

It’s noisy, messy, attracts bugs, and no one likes the smell of stale beer.





5. Keep your stuff tidy and as out of the way as possible.

Try to keep your stuff against the wall, under the bed, and/or out of the way for others to trip over. Keeping your items against the wall instead of by your bed is generally better in some regions that might have bed bugs.

  1. If you suspect that there are bed bugs, report them immediately.

Don’t wait several days. Let the manager know ASAP so they can move everyone. If bugs are suspected some hostels will wash all of your clothes and gear as well.

  1. Keep the bathroom tidy too and DON’T EVER PUKE IN THE SINK.

Keeping your personal items out of the bathroom so others can use the space when not in use and clean up after yourself. As for the latter that should be pretty obvious. It’s bad enough that people might have had to listen to it, don’t force them to smell it too. Use the damn toilet.

  1. Report issues with the bathroom.

Even if you weren’t the one who clogged the toilet it ain’t going to unclog itself.






  1. Definitely don’t put your items or yourself on other’s beds.

It’s rude. Respect other people’s space.

  1. The ladder is not a hanging place for your towel (or your clothes).

If you’re on a bottom bunk it’s going to drive the person above you insane and if you’re on the top it’s an eyesore.

  1. There is no sex in the hot tub.

Please don’t do it, it’s unhygienic and if someone notices and complains about it the staff will likely have to change the water. The water can take a day or two to reheat and then no one will be able to enjoy it.

  1. Don’t have sex in the bunks either.

Unless you’re 100% sure that no one will be walking in anytime soon. That is what the bathroom is for. Or the outdoors, really anywhere not in someone’s face. No one wants to hear you fuck at 2am while they’re trying to sleep. This is a double no no if you’re on the top bunk. Oh and by the way the people next door can probably hear you too.

  1. Keep your cell phone conversations to yourself.

If you’re going to be on the phone or skype for more than a couple of minutes please take it outside. No one wants to hear you talk to your mom and they don’t care how much you miss your girlfriend.

  1. Use headphones for music or tv.

As an avid book lover I can’t stress this one enough. No one wants to hear your shitty music. If you’re going to play shitty music try doing it elsewhere where people can walk away.

  1. Keep the lights off at night and in the early morning.

If there’s a collective groan at 3am throughout the room it’s a sure fire way to know you’re doing something wrong. Use your cell phone or a flashlight if you need to find something late at night.

  1. Don’t hijack all the outlets.

Especially if one is intended for the person above/below you. If you know you’re going to need to charge multiple products consider a multi-outlet plug like this one here.  Or better yet, do the atmosphere a favor and invest in a solar charger. Keep in mind that you may also need a universal charger depending on what country you are traveling to and from. If you’re traveling from elsewhere to the U.S. I highly suggest getting an adapter kit.

  1. Don’t mess with the temperature.

You’re hot and your cold, but that doesn’t mean everyone else is. A lot of hostels don’t give access to temperature controls for that very reason. Take a group vote or address reception before taking action.


Hope some of these don’t do’s have shed some light for your first or next hostel stay! Is there something I didn’t mention? Leave your own pet peeves in the comment section.

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