THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS FROM WHICH WE MIGHT MAKE A COMMISSION.
There are plenty of things to be annoyed about when staying in a hostel: early check out times, crappy free breakfast, flooding showers, dirty sheets. The list goes on and on. But sometimes the most annoying thing about being in a hostel is the other backpackers and the annoying things backpackers do. Load, rude, obnoxious: chances are you’ve seen that backpacker and chances are you’ve been that backpacker.
It’s hard to escape.
Here are ten of the most annoying things backpackers do in a hostel dorm room:
Use the Snooze Alarm
It’s bad enough when a fellow backpacker has to wake up at 7 in the morning. But it’s worse when they set their alarm for seven in the morning but keep hitting the snooze button until 9, forcing you to wake up to their blaring techno music ringtone every ten minutes when you should be sleeping off an inevitable hangover.
Borrow Your Toiletries
Just because you left your shampoo in the shower doesn’t make it fair game. Don’t you hate when you go back to take a shower the next day and your conditioner bottle is almost empty and your soap is covered in someone else’s hair?
Whether it’s a hacking cough that keeps the whole dorm room up all night, snotty tissues falling from the top bunk onto your bed, or someone with altitude sickness puking all over the ensuite toilet, a sick backpacker in your dorm room is an annoying backpacker in your dorm room.
Backpackers make a lot of noise and they do so at the worst possible times: in the middle of the night when you’re trying to sleep, in the morning when you’re trying to sleep, in the afternoon when you’re trying to take a nap. They rustle their bags, they bang their lockers, they have conversations. Inevitably, someone in your dorm room will be making noise at all times.
Turn on the Light
Along with making noise, backpackers also turn on the light at the worst possible times: in the middle of the night when you’re trying to sleep, in the morning when you’re trying to sleep, in the afternoon when you’re trying to take a nap.
Sit on Your Bed
You return to your dorm room only to find that some sweaty, dirty, un-showered backpacker is sitting on your bed having a conversation or clipping his toenails. Usually because he has a top bunk and can’t be bothered to climb a few steps. “Sorry,” he’ll say as he moves to make room for you, leaving behind a sweaty dent in your sheets.
There is always someone who snores. Always.
When staying in a hostel dorm you want to be able to move around, get to your bed, and get to your locker. But some people don’t realize the space is communal and spread the fuck out. I’m talking stuff everywhere, like their backpack exploded.
Use Your Towel
You’ve hung up your towel in the bathroom to dry, not as an invitation for someone else to use it to dry off after a shower. Or, worse, when they realize there’s no toilet paper left…
There’s nothing worse than a backpacker having sex in your dorm room. Especially when it’s not with you.
What’s the most annoying thing you’ve seen a backpacker do? Which of these things are you guilty of?