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Dorms and Lockers

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1. Posted by Globerovers (Full Member 59 posts) 11y

Safety question....do dorms in hostels (or anywhere where you share a room with unknown travelers, do they generally have lockers where you can safely place your valuables while sleeping or outside?

2. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Some do, dome don't. I've been in places that have mini-safes behind the front desk for each room, so you can store your passport and whatever else there. I've also been in places that have big high-school sized lockers in the dorm rooms. And other places have nothing. The best thing to do is ask when you are booking a hostel what they have and how safe it is and if you need to bring a lock of your own. I always bring an extra lock just in case, because you never know what type of situation you may find yourself in. If you really want to stay at a hostel that doesn't have lockers, you can lock your backpack to your bed with a snowboard lock. Snowboard locks have a special wire to them that is small enough to twist in and out of the zippers so you can lock your bag closed and lock it to the bed with the same lock. They sell for about 15 bucks Canadian.

Hope that helps!

Cheers,
Katie ;)

3. Posted by NiuMei84 (Full Member 113 posts) 11y

It depends where you go.When I travelled there were lockers in every hostel but you had to have own lock with you.:)There are some hostels where they only have "tiny" safety-boxes where you can put your mobile&wallet etc...Like in hostels in Hawaii.:)

4. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

ahh that's really handy to know-thats the sort of thing i wouldn't have though of-bringing my own little lock!

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

Katie's got it more or less.

As to Lil J - In allot of places which have lockers but no lock, you can but them there, but they aren't normally that good. Also, avoid key ones if at all possible. For small padlocks, there only seems to be about 10 keys in the world (i opened one i'd bought in prague as i'd stupidly forgotten my own with a key from a previous padlock i'd lost about 10 years ago which was a different size and shape) and whilst they will stop oportunist thieves, they still aren't hugely secure. Much better to have decent quality alpha numeric ones without an obvious number. and it also means, you (a) don't have to worry about locking the padlock and locker with the key inside, or (b) loosing the key when you are out on the p1ss or walking around the city.