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1. Posted by Mad4it (Budding Member 26 posts) 10y

This is my 1st post on this forum so Hello to everyone.

Im backpacking round Oz next month & was wondering what you do with your backpack when staying in hostels & stuff. Do all hostels have a locker where you can put away your belongings

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 10y

Most dormrooms in hostels in Oz indeed do, although personally my backpack was larger than any of the (pretty large!) lockers, and I used those lockers only for my daypack (with my valuables).
Generally speaking you can safely leave your large backpack lying next to your bed without having to worry about it; as the saying goes, "no one is going to steal a bag full of dirty clothes". (To be certain, don't leave things like an expensive camera or mp3-player in plain sight; although in all hostesty I've seen plenty of other backpackers _do_, and never heard of anyone having anything stolen. I guess when everyone's a backpacker and in the same boat, theft just doesn't happen.)

3. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 10y

Sanders right, there are plenty of places to lock away your stuff. But unfortunately shit happens, and often. Ultimately you are responsible for your own stuff so just be careful, especially in bars or cafes and checking in to hostels. Always eyeball your things. The best place for money is in the bank; the best place for your passport is in a safe or around your waist; the best place for digital cameras is in your pack attached to your arm or in a locked locker.

4. Posted by algore (Full Member 88 posts) 10y

Oh, one useful tip I found while backpacking here was that some information centres have places where you can leave your bags for a few hours (say while you're looking for a hostel to stay in). They're usually pretty safe due to someone always being around, but saying that I'd still take my valuables with me where ever I go.