Are you going on a vacation any time soon? Are you concerned about the safety of your accommodation? Thankfully, we’re to help you address those travel anxieties.
In this article, we’ll provide you an in-depth discussion on the subject, as well as the most important things you need to practice—ensuring your safety in your temporary home. With that, let’s discuss six hotel security tips that everybody should or must know when you’re on vacation.
1. Choose Your Room Wisely
It’s absolutely essential to choose what room you’re going to be in, and most frequent travelers won’t advise you to book a room on the first floor. This stems from the fact that that’s where most people are, and more foot traffic means more chances of danger and less peace and quiet.
It’s recommended to stay in a room on either the second or third floors, which isn’t too high up and is still very accessible to all the essential services and amenities. Also, a room near the exits doesn’t require extended travel in case of an emergency, compared to higher floors.
Besides safety, make sure that the room has all the appliances you need, especially if you plan to stay for days—even weeks. This can include essentials such as a microwave, a washing machine, a refrigerator, and a blower. It’s also critical to ask if there’s a safe for valuables like mobile devices and pieces of jewelry.
Lastly, you have to check the sheets and bed covers, and remember that the bed should be comfortable enough to sleep on.
2. Check the Hotel’s Emergency Exits
It would be best if you familiarize yourself with the exit routes should any emergency arise. In addition, it’s a good habit to take a picture of the room you’ll be staying in and look for sprinklers and smoke detectors.
There are escape floor placards readily available in most hotel rooms as well. Just make sure it’s within your reach should the lights go out and you’ll need to move around in the dark. Furthermore, check fire extinguishers and see if they’re expired and request new ones if required.
3. Get the Local Police Number and Check if the Phones are Working
This precaution may seem a bit off for some, but it should be a no-brainer, especially if you’re in an unfamiliar place. Ask the front desk for any cards containing local emergency hotlines so that you may have a copy ready if needed. Always make sure to lock your doors, including door chains, and don’t just open the door for everyone who knocks. It goes without saying that you should always check who’s on the other side first for precaution.
4. Make Use of the Privacy Sign at All Times
Remember those signs you hang on the outside doorknobs to keep room service and other people from disturbing you and your company in the room? You can make use of that signage on your whole stay should you find the need for ultimate privacy, or even if you’re outside your room, to give the idea that someone is in the room. This simple trick will help you be more secure in your temporary home.
5. Make Sure Your Stuff is Nearby and Can Be Easily Packed if Needed
This is more of a preparedness tip if, by any chance, an emergency arises, while you sleep. Don’t leave things lying around the room to avoid having to look for something when you should be running out for your life.
Make sure your valuables, as well as your phone and key or keycards, are all within your reach while you doze off. Avoid having to take all your belongings out of your bag, especially when you don’t plan on staying in the hotel for long.
6. Never Trust the Default Security of the Room
As much as we try not to think of it, everyone is aware that there are isolated burglary instances from hotel staff. For this, we recommend you either change the code of the hotel’s safe or use a suitcase that has a built-in lock to avoid getting your valuables stolen when you’re in the bathroom or outside the room, and someone tries to take advantage of your things.
Also, look for any hidden cameras that may be hiding in the room. This, unfortunately, has become very prevalent in some hotels, rentals, and other lodging places, which is why you have to be extra vigilant.
Keep in mind that this article doesn’t—in any shape or form—aim to veer you away from going on a trip or a vacation. This aims to inform you of the things you may practice to ensure your safety, as well as your companion’s, in a hotel or a rental place.
We hope this article has given you some helpful tips on choosing your next place to stay and gives you a sense of preparedness should any unexpected event arise. Unfortunate things can happen, and you have to always be prepared. At the end of it all, it’s all about some self-preservation.