There’s no denying it, backpacking is one of the best things you’ll ever do. But, like all good things in life there can be challenges along the way. Whether it’s sleeping in the same room as a snoring stranger or missing your family, backpacking isn’t always easy – but it is definitely worth it!

To help you through the occasional tough time, check out our short guide to dealing with the challenges:

  1. Get your shit together

From the dude snoring in the bunk above you, to the girl who turns the light on at 6am to go to work, sharing a dorm isn’t always smooth sailing. But, by remembering to pack these simple extra items, dorm life will become a breeze:

  • Earplugs – you’ll never feel like you’re sharing again
  • Eye mask – the darker the room the better you sleep, it’s science
  • Flip-flops for the shower
  • Padlock for your bag
  • Ziplock bags for your food
  1. Get sociable

Even if you’re traveling with friends, the one thing that will lift your spirits add to your experience, is meeting new people who are on the same buzz as you, new friends who are doing the same thing as you. Any good hostel will put on social events and we have some of the best (if we do say so ourselves). We even have our very own Events Coordinator on site. We know that even the most confident person can find a room full of strangers intimidating, that’s why we’re sharing with you our best opening lines below:

  • Introduce yourself – it’s simple, but it works
  • Ask for tips on where to go – people love giving advice
  • Tell a dirty joke – make someone smile and you’re on your way to a beautiful friendship
  1. Keep in touch

Being away from home can be tough, even the most seasoned traveler misses their mum. But, before you reach for the tissues don’t forget it’s 2017 and the Internet is there for you. Whether you use Facebook/What’s app/Skype or the power of mind control, keeping in touch with your friends and family back home will keep you grounded and see you through.

Whatever challenges you face alone your backpacking experience, keep our favorite saying in mind and enjoy the ride;

You can’t have a rainbow without the rain