I have heard and been been plagued by pilgrims who get up at five AM ( or earlier) rattle their plastic and scour the sleeping bunks with a head lamp and generally make a nuisance of themselves. Well it’s hard to control when you wake up , but how to limit the aggravation? I thought of perhaps bringing a cloth pendant, maybe 18 to 24 inches by 10 inches that says, NO ALARMS BEFORE 6:30 , pin it to a door casing ,roll it up and hang it at the next albergue . What do you think?
Good luck with that one! Unfortunately, despite the altruistic aims of going on a pilgrimage, people are often unaware of others, or they just think of themselves and their own journey. It's also part and parcel of albergue dormitory life to hear all kinds of sounds, smell all kinds of odours and occasionally witness all kinds of activities.
1. Take good quality and comfortable earplugs and use them.
2. Unsavoury smells? Well, we all smell of something, after a few minutes you hardly notice...
3. Unsightly or unwanted activities: look the other way or just put up with it, it won't last long anyway
4. Mobile phone lights, headlamps and switching on/off of dorm lights - use eyemasks when sleeping.
5. Phone alarms: see no.1, alternatively, find the phone and put it outside the dorm out of earshot...I say this, because I've seen it done, but then the ensuing row made more noise than the phone alarm did in the first place 🙉
A good practice is to sort your backpack for the next day, not first thing in the morning. But there is always the wash-bag, phone charger, etc. that needs to be stowed and so rustlings are a given, you kind of get used to it after a few days.
For those not willing to suffer at least some measure of disturbance, lack of sleep, general fatigue and discomfort; then perhaps the Camino experience is not the right choice. I found that it made the experience all the more enriching, because it taught me to be tolerant (although I had my moments of failure on that score), patient and more accepting instead of complaining. In the end, my overwhelming feeling of gratitude, for being able to walk the Camino de Santiago
, far outweighed any minor inconveniences along the way.