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Travelling alone and staying in a hostel for the 1st time

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1. Posted by Just_Turner (Budding Member 3 posts) 28w

Hi everyone,

I'm a 21-year-old, female student and soon I shall be jetting off to Dublin! Needless to say I am very excited but I have a few questions about solo travel and staying in hostels.

Firstly, solo travel - really I'm just looking for any safety tips from other female solo travellers.

Secondly, Hostels. I've never stayed in a hostel before and have no idea how they work. These might seem like stupid questions but bear with me.

1) I'm staying for 5 nights but I assume this would be the same bed every night?
2) Do hostels usually have somewhere to lock possessions away or would I have to take my things with me each day?
3) (I know this will probably be hostel specific but...) do hostels usually provide bed linen and towels?

Thanks! :)

2. Posted by Andyf (Moderator 711 posts) 28w


Yes you'll normally bag a bunk when you arrive (by sticking some of your stuff there or otherwise showing it's taken) and keep it for your entire stay.

There are almost always lockers in the bunk room. You may want to take your own padlock to use on it.

Bed linen is provided, though you may have to make it up yourself. Lots of hostels (and some entire countries) ban people using their own linen to avoid spreading bedbugs. Towels, on the other hand, are often your own - but any hostel will rent you one. The hostel's website will probably have the fine details?

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Aug-2016, at 08:42 by Andyf ]

3. Posted by OldPro (Inactive 406 posts) 28w

Agreed. You keep the bed by showing it is occupied. All hostel travellers should carry a padlock for use when a locker is provided.

However, I would never leave any real valuables even in a locker. Unfortunately, hostels are notorious for thefts by other travellers. So valuables either go in the hostel's safe at reception or are kept on your person as much as possible. Really, the best way to travel as a hosteller is to not travel with anything you are unwilling to lose. Worrying all the time about your phone or camera being stolen just isn't worth it.

4. Posted by Just_Turner (Budding Member 3 posts) 28w

Thanks guys, just a follow up question - what sort of things do you usually use to show the bed is occupied?

5. Posted by Andyf (Moderator 711 posts) 28w

In the case where the linen is there for you to make it up yourself, making up your bed does the trick. Or stick your pyjamas on the pillow, your towel, a t-shirt, or fold back the duvet.

6. Posted by Just_Turner (Budding Member 3 posts) 28w

Thank you!

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8. Posted by Fatim (Budding Member 16 posts) 28w

Travelling by yourself is one of the greatest experiencies one can have. That said, dont trust hostels to keep your things safe. At least the most important thing you should always take them with you

9. Posted by AdiBecker (Inactive 13 posts) 28w

You have to be plan it before you travel. You must have a reservation in hotel. and dont forget to bring extra money or credits Cards for your emergency purposes. Have a safe trip :)

10. Posted by jocks (Budding Member 2 posts) 28w

I too have experience in staying hostel. We actually need to be very careful while staying in hostel. There are so many people from different categories.