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Many backpackers traveling the world are often on a budget. They want to make their money last as long as possible, so they can travel for as long as possible. If you are one of these adventurers, hostels are a great option as they are relatively inexpensive and are also an easy way to meet fellow travelers. But before you pack your bags and head out to see the world, be sure to check out Bare Republic’s Dos and Don’ts for hostel etiquette!


  • Be disruptive. Many travelers are trying to rest before flights so be sure to be mindful of this and go to the designated hang out rooms when wanting to be social and chat.
  • Make a mess. Keep your things organized and remember you are sharing a communal living space.
  • Be a rustler. Lay out your PJ’s or whatever you need for when you get back to your hostel so that you aren’t tearing apart your backpack while others sleep.
  • Get others sick. If you are sick be sure to have lozenges and wash your hands, maybe even splurge that night and get an airbnb so you can quarantine yourself and get back to 100% without taking anyone else down.
  • Snooze your alarm. Once your alarm goes off, no one wants to hear it over and over. Get up and go, there’s so much out there to do and see!


  • Bring shower shoes. Most likely you’ll be using communal showers.
  • Pack ear plugs and a sleep mask. People may be coming in and out of the room at different times in the night. Plus they’re awesome if you need to lay down and take a nap during the day!
  • Be open minded. Hostels are the perfect opportunity to meet people from all walks of life.
  • Share experiences. Many hostels offer group tours and dinners which are a great way to bond with other travelers.
  • Share your Bare Republic. If you see another traveler headed out into the sunshine be sure to help them out and keep them protected from UVA and UVB rays. Sharing is caring! Plus you’ll now be the most popular traveler in the house ;)

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