Unless they’ve ever had something really bad happen while staying at a hotel, I think it’s safe to say that most people take their safety for granted when paying for accommodations, especially when getting up into the 3 – 5 star range.
This video is a great primer not just for selecting a safe hotel, but also for things you can do to make sure
Recap of Chris’s Hotel Safety Tips:
- Look for security cameras at the entranceways you’ll be using, walkways to the rooms and other facilities inside the hotel you’ll be using, such as the weight, pool and sauna areas.
- Ask the attendant to write your number on a piece of paper instead of saying it out loud. You could also just ask them to give you the key/card which will have the number on it too (really smart if you look like a tourist, someone with money and riches, or are a solo female traveler.
- Make sure you know where all the emergency exits are. Sure, you might think it’ll never happen. Maybe the odds of an airplane crash are more than that of a hotel spontaneously combusting. It happens and you don’t want to get drawn into the panic and confusion if you can help it. Check out this reality check.
- Inspect your room without closing the door when you arrive, to make sure there aren’t any vagrants inside!
- Use the safety lock on the door. Some are better than others, but I personally take comfort knowing that the only key to open the door with the safety lock on is a battering ram!
- Place belongings out of the way so you don’t trip on them. It is pretty easy to get confused about where you are, especially in the middle of the night when you wake up and try to walk to the bathroom on instinctual “auto-pilot”.
- Don’t lean on any window! Seriously, it’s a bad idea whether you’re in a hotel, commercial building, or at home. I worked as a glazier for a few months and can honestly say that most people would be shocked to know there’s often only a small bead of silicone holding those massive 100-pound suckers in place.
- Put your valuables and essentials in a single, easy-to-move container. Kind of goes along with #3.
If you have any additional tips to share, comments are always encouraged on this blog.
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Happy and safe travels!