1) Become acquainted with the hostel
Make sure that you are well acquainted with the place before you arrive. Get as much information as you can. If it is possible, talk to someone who has stayed there before. Always ask about the amenities that they provide as well. Do they have a kitchen, do they provide every facility in the washrooms and so on.
2) Pick your room
Make sure that you pick a room that is well suited to your needs. This refers to who you want you roommate to be, as well. Some people prefer roommates with the same sex while others prefer co-ed hostels. So check if the hostel that you’re picking is an all-girls or all-boys’ hostel or even co-ed.
3) Pick your bed
Even things such as picking your bed matters a lot. Is the mattress comfortable, is the cot okay? These are questions that might seem silly at the moment but it does matter. Some people even prefer the lower bunk over the others. So whatever it is that you want, think about it carefully and pick wisely.
4) DIY all the way
If you’re going to be staying at the hostel for an extended period of time, it is advisable that you make the room like yours. You can choose the kinds of bedsheets or blankets that you want, which aligns with your aesthetic.
5) Always be prepared for showers
Showers can be a nasty affair if you don’t like showering anywhere else that is not your bathroom. So, for desperate times, make sure that you carry the appropriate towels and flip-flops and so on that you want.
6) Bring earplugs
Earplugs sometimes become an absolute necessity when you live in a hostel that is near a humid place. It can help block out unwanted noise at night, as well as protect you from creepy-crawlies that the hostel might have.
7) Pack clothes appropriately
8) Watch your resources
Take care of everything you own. Never leave the rooms without locking the doors. Valuables and money should never be left unattended.
9) Try not to be shy
You will meet a lot of people during your stay at a hostel. This will be a good opportunity for you to find unexpected friendships. So don’t hold yourself back.
10) Acclimate yourself with hostel decorum
Be mindful and maintain basic decorum in your hostels like use earphones in the room, don’t turn on the lights during the evening (utilize a little electric lamp rather), never use something that has a place with your flat mate without consent and so on.