Staying in a dormitory room is a whole lot of fun but there are also a few things to be mindful of when staying with others. Read below our list of things that you shouldn’t be doing when staying in a dorm room.
DON’T BE THE DORM SLOB
Cape Town has plenty of mountains for people to climb, a mountain of clothes and towels is not another one that your room mates want to add to their list. Be respectful and remind yourself of those lessons about tidiness you might have ignored growing up!
never@home tip: Our under bed lockers are a godsend when it comes to stashing your gear safely in one place – use them, and nudge any messy room mates in their direction.
DON’T GET JIGGY WITH IT
Guilty of a little dorm room romance? No matter how quiet you think you are, you can bet your life your room mates are reaching for the popcorn. Either that, or they are utterly repulsed.
never@home tip: Keep it classy and find a different location. If it’s your bunkmates dancing the horizontal tango, see the next section for ways to quickly put a stop to their romancing.
DON’T BE THE CULPRIT
A powerful odour wafts through the dorm. A thunderous fart has awoken the entire room forcing them to shift uneasily under their sheets. Beans were a bad idea!
never@home tip: We’re all human. But in close quarters an ‘excuse me’ goes a long way, as does quarantining yourself in a bathroom stall if you’ve had an especially heavy night on the refried beans. If you’re the victim, some passive-aggressive spraying of aerosol deodorant should make your point.
DON’T BE THE LATE NIGHT FLICKER
You’re just about to drift off to sleep when the dorm room light comes on. With a single flick of a switch, your new hostel friends just became enemies. Hostels are packed with jet lagged and exhausted travellers, so light switch wars are a common source of tension. If you find yourself in the crossfire, try to win over your room mates by staying positive and friendly.
never@home tip: Need to navigate back to your bunk after lights-out? Use your phone as a torch (just don’t flash it in your room mates’ faces), then switch on the light at your bunk rather than using the room light. Our personal bunk lights provide enough light for you to read etc whilst remaining dim enough to allow those to continue to sleep around you.
DON’T BE THE DORM ROOM NUDIST
Whilst letting it all hang out might be something that comes naturally to you at home or at your local gym, your room mates might have differing comfort levels when it comes to big ol’ naked you.
never@home tip: Be mindful of others when getting ready for the day. Don’t be shy about offering your exhibitionist bunkmates a towel.
DON’T BE THE GUY WITH THE PHONE
A loud ringtone breaks the early evening chatter, sending a wave of eye-rolling around the room. Your room mate frantically rummages in his backpack. After what seems a lifetime of steady vibrations and tiny Nokia beeps, he eventually retrieves it and lies back on his bed, squealing down the phone in excitement to his family back home.
never@home tip: Leave your phone on vibrate, especially in the evenings. And if you’re going to answer, take it outside. It may be important to you, but no one else wants their socialising (or sleep) interrupted by what uncle Jimbo has to tell you from back home.
DON’T PINCH, ASK
You’ve just got back from your long hike to the top of Table Mountain and you’re itching (literally) for a shower. You grab your shampoo, reach for your towel – and your hand brushes thin air. Someone has taken your one and only towel. While borrowing someone’s belongings is fine if you have their consent, taking them altogether is quite another.
never@home tip: If you need to borrow, ask. And try to keep your own essentials out of sight.
DON’T BE THE LATE NIGHT RUSTLER
Be mindful of what time it is before you decide to organise your entire case of dirty clothes into noisy plastic bags or when you reach for your 5th bag of crisps after a heavy night!
never@home tip: When it comes to other people’s nocturnal noise, earplugs can be a great defence, especially from those who snore!
The most important rule of all when staying with people you don’t know in a dorm room is just to be mindful of your fellow roomies. On the flip side, if someone is doing something that irritates or offends you, don’t be afraid to talk to them in a calm and friendly manner.