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Hostelling is unique. Whether it’s the quirky, varied locations you find hostels set within; the sights and smells of the diverse creations rustled up in a shared self-catering kitchen; or the sense of camaraderie enjoyed between like-minded travellers, weary after a long day of adventure, there’s nothing quite like it.

One thing’s for sure, though, sharing a dorm room can be quite the experience. Let’s be honest, when else would you be sharing sleeping space with a wide assortment of travellers, potentially from across the world? It’s a great way to save money (to spend on REAL adventures), to make new friends, and to share stories – essentially what hostelling is all about!

To make sure everybody enjoys their stay, we’ve compiled a guide of top tips for sharing a dorm room:

Keep these in mind next time you check in to a dorm!

Everyone loves an organised dorm-roomer. Try and get your clothes ready for the next morning, so you are not zipping and unzipping your bags, gathering things for a shower, or searching for clean clothes to wear that day.
(Janine, via Facebook)

Great manners go a long way – especially late at night. Use the light of your mobile phone or a little torch (preferably not your floodlight-like head torch) to help you from dorm room door to bunk bed with ninja-like prowess and minimal disruption to roomies. Use of the main light and late-night noise are unpopular with sleeping guests.
(Carri, via Facebook)

Utilise the facilities provided within your bunk bed. USB charging points and bed lamps mean that you shouldn’t need to clamber around a dark room looking for sockets and switches. You can find more hostel hacks here.

Put down electronic devices and talk to people in your room. Play cards, engage with others, share a drink in the bar, exchange stories and provide advice on future travel plans. That is the joy of the shared dorm and a great way of meeting friends and future travel companions!
(Claire, via Facebook)

When utilising the self-catering facilities, eat your food in kitchens, dining rooms or communal areas and not in bedrooms.

Earplugs and an eye mask are a must! It’s also a great idea to put your towel on the side of the bed (definitely not over the ladder, though!) to protect from the light of late comers.
(Nadege, via Facebook)

Be considerate with plug sockets. If you’re travelling with a multitude of devices, avoid commandeering all of the sockets in the room to charge your phone, tablet, laptop and camera – other people need to use them too!
(ClaoWue, via Twitter)

There is plenty of focus on the use of plastic bags at the moment, with an ongoing initiative to ensure their use is minimised for environmental reasons. Hostellers, however, would more likely refer to their sanity and sleep deprivation as motives for their eradication! In short, these bags may be handy but they’re noisy and irritating when being fiddled with first thing in the morning, so try to avoid using them when possible!
(Lisa, via Facebook)

And some things to avoid!

Try not to leave your shoes (or any of your other belongings) in front of the door or in the middle of the room where other people are likely to walk. Nobody wants to be awoken by the sound of somebody clattering into a bunk bed or yelping in pain.

Don’t leave your phone on loud or vibrate – a constant pinging and buzzing will drive your fellow dorm-dwellers crazy – especially if you are the only one fast asleep, oblivious to the noise! (Rebecca, via Facebook)

As much as you love playing the guitar, and we’re sure you’re supremely talented, a rendition of Wonderwall at 2am is probably not what 99% of the other guests are in need of.

Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for livemore.yha.org.uk and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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