Backpackers are a special group of people that have establish their reputation as adventurous travelers in various parts of the globe. It is very important to know the basic rules and etiquette to ensure that backpackers will always be welcome in different establishments. Know about the common bad habits and avoid these immediately.
Many backpackers try to save more money by cramming more people in a room. As a rule, you may allow two more people than what the room is actually offered for. This strains the facilities available and also bring inconvenience. Long lines at the bathroom, not much breathing space and limited supplies could eventually blow one’s fuse.
2. Failing to pack ahead.
Hostels and inns do not appreciate it when you pack an hour or less before you’re supposed to leave and then bother them nonstop about things you need because you’re running late.
3. Fail to stay clean.
Backpackers have a reputation for being dirty and stinky. Always practice good hygiene. Wash / change your clothes, take a shower and brush your teeth regularly and change the bed sheets. Even if you are super friendly, not every one wants to stay close to you because of that annoying body odor.
4. Returning late at the inn.
If you’re touring the place the entire day and return at a late hour, be sensitive by not making too much noise or turning on the big lights while everyone else is sleeping. Backpackers come in different personalities but the one that’s most disgusting are the rowdy ones who can’t seem to zip their mouths shut.
5. Being noisy.
Regardless of the time of day, know that there are other people staying in the hostel who want some peace and quiet. Be extra quiet when backpacking in large groups. Imagine if you’re the
6. Not cleaning up after their mess.
Always clean up after your mess when using the dining area, kitchen or bathroom. Flush the toilet and lift the toilet seat up for the ladies. Also bring your own toilet paper.
7. Demanding a lot.
As a backpacker, you should be ready to forego some of the luxuries that you’re accustomed to at home. Stop stressing staff and waiters by demanding too much.
8. Using up all free things.
A number of items are offered for free at inns and hostels. However, use only what you can consume. Don’t pack anything for later use since these are intended for other guests too.
9. Being unfriendly.
Learn how to be friendlier and always be courteous and cheerful when dealing with the locals. This is also for your own safety.
Some backpackers have a habit of taking what’s not theirs. Do not take items, even the smallest or minor ones like a can of soda or a towel.
11. Not respecting the rules.
Different countries have their own set of rules when it comes to riding the bus, ordering at a restaurant, smoking or using the toilet. Always be sensitive and read the translation to show you care.
12. Being a cheapskate.
There are stories of foreign travelers who fight with the waiter or cab driver because of a few cents. Just because you are not on luxury travel doesn’t entitle you to stoop down to the level of uncivilized travelers. Be thankful for good service and leave a tip if you may.
Backpacking is fun. It’s cheap, full of adventure and if you are not the selfish traveler who appreciates clean fun and rights of others. Backpackers can get conned by criminals and annoying people preying on travelers on a shoe string budget. But that’s not the reason why backpackers should behave like undisciplined school children.