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Hostel Sistah Safety 101: Protecting Your Belongings

Hostel Sistah Safety 101: Protecting Your Belongings

Sistahs @ Sistah Safety

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So you're headed out, continuing your travels and you've got to consider your budget.  Hostels tend to provide cost effective accomodations and they can be a great option to lengthen your journey.  So what's the deal? When you're crashing at hostels, it's super important to keep your stuff safe. Here are some tips to help you keep an eye on your belongings while you're out exploring:

First things first, do some research on the hostel before you book. Hostel World is an excellent place to start. Check out reviews and see what security measures they have in place. Look for hostels that have lockers or other secure storage options for guests.

Speaking of lockers, most hostels offer them, so use 'em! Grab yourself a sturdy padlock to secure your locker. Make sure it's a good quality lock that's not easy to mess with. Our personal favorite is the fingerprint padlock, it's nice to have a back up if you accidently lose your keys or worse, they are stolen from you.

If your hostel doesn't have lockers or if you've got stuff that won't fit, consider using a portable travel lock or cable lock to secure your luggage. You can use these locks to attach your bags to something fixed in your room, so it's tough for someone to snatch and dash.

Here's a smart move: don't keep all your valuable stuff in one spot. Split 'em up and stash 'em in different places, like separate pockets in your backpack or different bags. That way, if something gets swiped, you won't lose everything.

For extra safety, think about wearing a money belt or using a hidden pouch under your clothes. It's a great way to keep your passport, extra cash, and important docs safe while you're out adventuring. We kind of like fanny packs that don't look like fanny packs like this one...

Now, I know you've got your cameras, laptops, or jewelry (though you should really try to limit this in your travels), but try to keep them hidden. Keep them hidden in your bag or locked away when you're not using theem. And try using low-key bags or backpacks that won't attract too much attention.

It's always a good idea to get friendly with your roomies. Building a good rapport can create a sense of trust and security. Watch out for each other and be mindful of any strangers in your room.

Consider this too: travel insurance. It can come in handy if something gets stolen or lost. Take a look at your policy to know what's covered and think about getting insurance that includes protection for your personal belongings.

Most of this you've heard before so let's talk about the elephant in the room - mixed dorm or female only? It's a big decision, especially if you're a woman traveling alone. Your choice can affect your experience and, most importantly, your safety during your trip.

We want to share a couple of stories our readers have shared with us:

I recently stayed at a hostel in Galway with a female friend. We were in a room with seven beds, and when we arrived, we noticed a guy sleeping in one of the beds with a half-empty beer bottle next to him. Since we were in Ireland, I thought he had a wild night and came in late that morning. We didn't think much of it and spent the day exploring Galway.

But when we came back to the hostel in the evening, we were surprised to see the same guy still in bed, this time with a bottle of hard liquor. This made us worried about our safety because the hostel had a rule against alcohol in the dorms. We went to the front desk to talk about the situation, but they said he was a regular customer known to the hostel, and they didn't think it was a problem. We even asked if there were any other available rooms, but everything was already booked. We were disappointed with the hostel's response and didn't know what to do next.

In another story, a girl wanted to meet new people and have fun in Jakarta, so she planned to stay in a hostel. But when she read reviews, she found out that some hostels were not safe for girls traveling alone. Also, the dorms were mixed, which means boys and girls would sleep in the same room without any curtains for privacy. Because she was new to solo travel, she didn't want to take any risks, so she booked a hotel instead. This ensured her safety and comfort, but she missed out on the chance to meet other travelers in a shared space.

These stories show the choices we face when staying in hostels as solo travelers. It's important to understand the advantages and considerations of both mixed and female-only dorms.

Mixed dorms can be great because you get to meet people from different backgrounds and make new friends. You can learn about different cultures and share experiences with fellow travelers. However, there's also a risk when sharing a room with people you don't know, especially if they drink alcohol or behave in a way that makes you uncomfortable, like what happened in Galway.

On the other hand, female-only dorms may offer extra safety and comfort for solo female travelers (the operative word is may, there is no way to guarantee anything).  Some of these dorms even have curtains for privacy, which is nice. The key is to be ready for anything, flexible and stand up for yourself if the situation presents itself.

The choice between mixed and girls-only dorms depends on what you feel comfortable with and what you want from your trip. Your safety should always be the top priority, especially when traveling alone. It's a good idea to read reviews and ask other travelers (who hopefully share the same values you do) for recommendations. You can also contact the hostel directly to ask about their safety measures.

Remember, it's okay to make decisions that keep you safe and make you feel comfortable. Whether you choose a mixed or girls-only dorm, always trust your instincts, be aware of your surroundings, and take necessary precautions to have a safe and enjoyable trip.

By following these tips and keeping your eyes peeled, you can seriously cut down the chances of theft or loss while staying at hostels. Have a blast on your trip, sis!

Remember, the world is waiting for you, and Sistah Safety is your trusted companion.

Safe Travels, Sistahs.

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