Hotel Room Safety Tips For Travelers
It’s that time of year again, especially in North America, where many of us are thinking of escaping the cold winter by taking a warm weather vacation. Unfortunately, crooks work year round and do prey on hotel and resorts around the world.
Here are a few Hotel Room Safety Tips to think about, to help keep you and your valuables safe at all times. 🙂
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Check Your Room Carefully
When checking into your room, take a good look around. Ask yourself;
➡ Is the door secure and does it have good security locks?
➡ If there is a patio door, does it lock securely? This is especially important if your room is on the ground floor.
➡ Is there an in room safe, and is it securely fastened? Does it have a programmable security code you can enter?
➡ If the locks in your room are insufficient, then ask for a new room right away. If a new room is unavailable, ask for a maintenance person to come and fix the problem asap.
I know this is something that most of us rarely think of, especially when we are excited and have just arrived at one of those all-inclusive resorts to start your long awaited vacation.
One would assume that everything will be safe and secure, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. 🙁
Sticky fingers can be found pretty much everywhere around the world these days!
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Leaving Your Room For The Day
I always say, “trust your instincts.” Depending on where you are traveling to and the type of hotel or resort you are staying at, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Here’s a few things we always do in our room, when going out for the day or for the evening.
Make sure your valuables are hidden well or locked away somewhere. If there’s no room safe, we always lock our valuables in a suitcase with a secure lock. Not one of those cheap little luggage locks!
Then we place a few items on top of that suitcase that we’ve locked.
Always leave the television on low and if at night, keep a light on in the room.
Never leave a door tag outside to have the Maid Clean The Room!
They will always get around to cleaning your room while making their rounds during the day. We even put the Do Not Disturb Sign on the door handle on occasions.
Never leave items hanging around the room that may lead a staff member into temptation, and to do something they normally would not.
There have been times when traveling to remote parts of the world, that we have actually had to hide valuables behind drawers and other hidden areas of our hotel rooms, just to keep them out of site. I’ve even recall hiding money in the hotel fridge at one time. 🙂
Just have to use your imagination when all else fails!
As well, many times when leaving our hotel rooms, we have had to take our passports and cash along with us, as there were no other safe alternatives available at that time. In many cases and depending on where you are staying, the front desk may have a safe to put your valuables in.
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Stay Safe And Secure When Traveling
In wrapping up this short post on hotel room safety, one must always consider what they are actually bringing along on the travels with them in the first place. Unfortunately, hotel theft and break ins occur more often than we think, even in the safest of hotel and resorts around the world.
Are you bringing valuables with you that you really need to have with you?
You’re going on a fun one week tropical vacation to an all inclusive resort. Do you really need to bring along your valuable jewelry with you and take the chance of having it stolen or lost?
How much cash are you carrying with you? Are there easy accessible ATM machines at your chosen destination, where you can withdraw cash when you need it?
There are so many simple things one can do these days to help prevent theft from your person and in your hotel room.
On our recent travels throughout India, my Stashbelt Money Belt and my Tilley Endurables Hat with a velcro pouch inside, and Shorts with heavy duty zippers were an absolute godsend to have. This especially so, while walking the extremely congested streets of New and Old Delhi.
The photo of me above shows me wearing my all weather, very light Tilley Hat, complete with a hidden compartment inside to stash your cash! I never had to worry about my cash going missing at all, unless of course, someone may have wanted to swipe my hat from me! 🙂
With all our years of travel around the globe knock on wood, we have been very fortunate to not have lost anything during our travels. We always try to use common sense and take as many precautions as we can to keep ourselves and our valuables safe.
It’s up to you to do as much as you possibly can, to help prevent theft and break ins in your hotel room and elsewhere when traveling. Stuff happens, but we can do a few things to deter unnecessary occurrences from happening in the first place.
Just a little food for thought the next time you travel. Here’s something that surprised me as well. Check out my recent post on Air Travel Theft. The friendly skies are no longer so friendly, especially on those long-haul flights!
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Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂
Did You Know …
“A third of the world’s airports are situated in the United States.”
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