Are hostels in Europe safe to leave baggage at?
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Jun 30, 2010 7:38 AM Last Post By: cnik
Dec 3, 2009 6:40 AM
Dec 3, 2009 8:09 AM
1In most hostels I've stayed in in Europe will have lockers, bring your own padlock. Left luggage at train/bus stations is good too for transit days, another trick I've used is going to a museum as they don't let you walk round with big bags so you can leave them, often for free, in the museum cloakroom for the day whilst you explore a city.
Dec 3, 2009 9:48 AM
Dec 3, 2009 2:36 PM
Dec 4, 2009 12:28 AM
4Try searching on http://www.tfthostels.com/ -- they allow you to filter search results by hostels that have lockers.
Dec 5, 2009 12:38 PM
Dec 5, 2009 4:58 PM
6The only time I tried to stay in hostels was in Switzerland (wonder why with such high costs!!) , and one of them had a locker inside the room, the other hostel a locker but without the lock, guess people are ment to bring their own, and the third one was a B&B so in a semi-private home but i had the key to the room.....
I heard that in Switzerland u need to have your papers with you , i am not sure whether this is true or if police every do random checks or not but i kept my passport with me
Dec 6, 2009 11:07 PM
Dec 7, 2009 11:23 AM
8OP, I just had a quick look at your profile. You mention that you're an Australian planning to do a 6-month trip around Europe. If so, please do keep in mind that you are restricted by the Schengen regulations, which basically means that you can only spend 90 days per half year in all 25 Schengen countries combined, unless you have a resident visa for one of the member states or dual citizenship of an EU country
Just thought I'd add that, since it's a very important point that's often overlooked.
Dec 8, 2009 6:46 PM
9Many Hostels Have Lockers or a Safety Box in The front Desk where you can leave Your Smaller Valuables and in all my years of Travel I havent had anything stolen.Most Backpackers arent into stealing clothing or items like that so if you lock up stuff like Your Camara,Ipod,Passport you should be fine
Dec 14, 2009 1:59 PM
10Apart from that, of course hostels aren't completely safe (like most places on this earth), but I have always found that there seems to be some sort of honor code amongst travelers that you don't steal from each other, especially not in the dorm. Then again, I might just have been lucky.
Of course, this only refers to clothes and the likes, I wouldn't leave my camera, phone or anything electronic in the hostel if there wasn't a locker or anything.
Dec 21, 2009 6:29 AM
11#11: Of course most people are honest - you do not need a "honor code" for that. But unfortunately there are travellers that have underestimated the costs of travelling, and gone broke it seems, and finance the rest of their holiday by getting what they can of cameras, computers, mobiles etc. from dorms. Very rare - but it happens every month in bigger hostels in capitals and other places popular amoung tourists.
PLEASE note the post by Aribo in #9. Have you considered the visa-probelms?? If not and not an EU-citizen, you probably have to rethink your plans!!! - or split the trip into 2 times 3 months in two (European) springs or summers.
Jan 13, 2010 4:59 AM
Jun 30, 2010 7:38 AM
13I agree with #11. There is a hostel honor code for the most part and 99% of the time I've left EVERYTHING in plain site on my bunk or on the floor next to my bunk.
Noone has yet taken any of my stuff.... even cameras, wallets, etc.
Although I have noticed that if I leave a book on my bunk, someone might grab it to take a peak at it... but they have always been returned with a thank you.
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