If you are touring Tasmania, there are many options for backpacker hostels where you can stay if you are on a budget. As much as you will end up saving money, you always have to be extra careful when staying at the hostels for your own safety and that of your valuables. The tips that will keep you safe are as follows.
Choose the Hostel Carefully
Avoid a situation where you just pop into a backpackers hostel without doing research to know if it is safe. Read reviews that other backpackers have left about the specific hostel, and find out if it has had incidents of poor security and how they were handled. You should also avoid dingy places that might be hard to escape from in case of an attack. There have been incidents where backpackers are injured in events that they are not responsible for.
Invest in Quality Bags
If you are a backpacker, you should not go cheap on your bag since it is what you use to carry most of the things you own. A low-cost bag is easy to get into, and it can also develop tears that will show the valuables you have, attracting unwanted attention at the shared hostel. You can always save enough money so that you invest in a good quality backpack.
Protect Your Valuables and Documents
At a shared room, it is risky for you to leave your valuables such as passports, identifications and even mobile devices. Other than being stolen, there can be a swap of bags, and someone else might end up taking yours by mistake. Imagine how difficult it would be for you to move around without your personal documents. To be safe, you should have separate places where you keep your money, just in case you lose some. It does not mean that staying in all hostels in Tasmania is risky, but it helps to take precautions.