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Travel Tips / May 6, 2011

Backpacker Etiquette: Rules for the Road

I'd say I've “been around the block.”

And by that I mean I've spent a lot of time with a lot of other backpackers. And, for the record I'll say this: backpackers can be annoying (I'm one myself and I'll still admit it!). They just don't have any etiquette! So, if you want to have the best backpacker etiquette, here's my Emily Post rendition:

In the Bedroom

  • Do NOT come into the hostel at 4am, turn the lights on and tell your cellmates to “calm down.”
  • Please avoid actually sleeping in my bed.
  • If you're 83 years old and smell like mothballs and Fixodent, you probably shouldn't be staying in a youth hostel.
  • If you're sleeping on the floor because you can't afford a room, please don't tell me to be quiet.
  • Take a shower. You stink.
  • Same goes for doing laundry. It stinks.

In the Bathroom

  • If you're a guy–lift the seat up. C'mon.
  • Flush. I shouldn't even have to say it.
  • We'd appreciate it if you cleaned the drain after shaving or manscaping.
  • …and the floor after puking.

In the Kitchen

  • Share the stove, feel the warmth, spread the love.
  • Don't steal my food or beer! I'm not taking your mom's homemade chicken tetrazzini so don't steal my instant noodles.
  • Prepare your food somewhere other than the exact same place where I'm preparing mine.
  • Don't fill the hotpot to the brim if you're making a cup of tea. There's a queue, people!

On the Bus

  • If you're weird, don't talk to me. Pretty simple.
  • Don't throw things at your mate in the front. You probably won't hit them.
  • Don't ask me to put my seat up. It's down now, just like yours should be.
  • FYI–they don't soundproof the toilets so take it easy in there.

Just follow those simple steps and you'll be on your way to backpacker success!


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