Five Hostel Rules You Don’t Need to Follow
The best parts about hostels: the drinking, the people, the community.
The worst part about hostels: the hostel rules.
All hostels have them, those laminated sheets of paper taped up all over the common room, all over the bathroom, and all over the dorm rooms telling you what you can’t do. What you can’t do? We travel to get away from the rules of our society, so why let a hostel give us rules?
The truth is, you don’t actually have to follow most of the rules that are posted in your hostel. Here are five of the most common hostel rules that you don’t have to pay any attention to.
Check out by 10am.
Every hostel has a check out time: the time you have to crawl out of bed and frantically stuff all your stuff back into your bag and pay your bill by only to stick that bag in storage and take a nap in the common room until your overnight bus. But check out time is just a suggestion. Sure, if your hostel’s check out time is 11am you probably can’t check out at 11pm. But an hour or two late? Who cares. Most hostels pick an early check out time knowing that no one will check out until later anyways. So sleep in, you’ll be fine.
Be quiet after midnight.
Most hostels have quiet hours for those lame travelers who go to bed early and don’t want to experience what traveling is all about. But those travelers are just going to wake you up at 6 in the morning when they wake up, turn on all the lights, and pack up to take some tour. So why should you be quiet for them? If you’re in the common area of the hostel, be as loud as you want, whenever you want. Who is going to stop you?
Don’t bring in your own alcohol.
Hostels tell you that you can’t bring in your own alcohol so they can up-charge and sell you their own. But why would you want to pay hostel prices when there is certainly going to be a 7-11 or bodega across the street selling it for much cheaper? Just sneak it in in a backpack (or use one of these clever flasks for hiding alcohol) and no one will ever notice.
Don’t Flush the toilet paper.
What’s with all these hostels telling you not to flush your toilet paper? By the end of the day you just get a stinking, disgusting, can full of shit-smeared tissues. It’s rank and you can smell it from down the hall. Just flush your toilet paper. No one will know.
Don’t bring in drugs.
Hostels are usually insistent that you not bring in drugs (though there are a few exceptions, some actually encourage it). If you’re at one of the former, don’t worry. As long as you’re discreet, no one will care. And if you’re caught you’ll probably just get a slap on the wrist. Just find a quiet corner and you’re all good.
What hostel rules have you broken?
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