How to Stay in a Hostel Dorm Room Without Risking Your Privacy

King Kong Hostel, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
King Kong Hostel, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Photo by Marcus Loke on Unsplash

One of the biggest downsides of hostel dorm rooms is that there isn’t much privacy in any of them. But you can still put your best effort into creating an illusion of privacy by following these simple steps.

Privacy Curtains

Before booking your hostel room, make sure to check out the photos provided. Most decent hostels come with privacy curtains you can use to block everything that’s going on around you. They’ll allow you to stay in your own little bubble and send your dorm buddies a sign that you don’t want to be disturbed.

Dorm Type

Bigger dorms come with lower prices, but they’re also the least private. Consider investing some extra money into booking a smaller dorm or think about going for gender-specific ones if mixed dorms make you uncomfortable.

Keep Yourself in Check

Keep in mind other people in your dorm are also struggling with a lack of privacy, and be mindful of their space. Don’t eavesdrop or force conversations when it’s obvious that someone wants to be left alone, because everyone needs their peace and quiet every once in a while.