I remember walking into my room at the first hostel that i ever stayed at and being shocked. I saw a suitcase wide open and no one around. I was like what is going on here. Someone would just leave their stuff laying out like that!? But that's what does happen. People leave their stuff out and nothing *usually* happens to it. I would never leave my pack open though. I make sure it's closed and sometimes I put my little zipper locks on. Depending on the seediness of the hostel sometimes I would chain my backpack to the bunk bed ( I brought along a bike lock chain). But I would always cover the chain cuz I didn't want my dormmates to think that i didn't trust them!! I've never heard of anyone stealing an actual backpack from a room. Just as long as you take your valuables with you, ya should be fine.
I have been to: Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, New Zealand , Australia, Fiji, Costa Rica, United States, England, Ireland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland , France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Vatican, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia, Mexico, India, Nepal.
Where to Next? Iceland!