If you are concerned about staying safe in your hotel, this list of 9 Hotel Safety Tips will give you the tools and techniques you need to feel and be safe. From years of staying in hotels (mostly for work) I’ve learned how to minimize the risk of theft (or worse) by employing the strategies listed below. I hope they are as valuable to you as they’ve been for me.
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Hotel Safety Tips – the “9”
Let’s dig in to the 9 Hotel Safety Tips, starting first with a very important first step.
Hotel Safety Tips #1 – Look before you book
Some hotels are not located in great neighborhoods. Always be sure to check the hotel reviews and surrounding neighborhoods. Be a little careful with hotels near airports too as often (although not always) the neighborhoods near airports are not that swell.
Hotel Safety Tips #2 – Always book hotels with interior entry doors
Cheaper hotels are often distinguished by the presence of exterior doors while “nicer” hotels usually have interior room entry doors. Avoid a hotel with exterior room access. No need to give non-hotel guest easier access to your room.
Hotel Safety Tips #3 – Always flip the latch and lock the door
All hotels have door latches that add an extra layer of security to the door. It won’t stop the most determined intruders, but it will slow them down and for the less ambitious it might be enough to scare them off.
I also have this tip helpful for the occasional screw up made by the front desk who has accidentally assigned another guest to your room. I once greeted a very drunk business traveler who had just checked in and was assigned my room. He was pissed I was in “his” room and I was surprised. I thought we were gonna fight… I’ve flipped the latch from then on.
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Hotel Safety Tips #4 – Avoid leaving valuables in your room
Numerous staff members have master keys that can open every room in the hotel and the cleaning staff enters your room at least once a day. While most are professionals and wouldn’t dream of taking anything there’s no need to tempt them by leaving your diamond broach on the bed or laptop in plain sight.
Protip: One of my personal favorite hotel safety tips regarding valuables is a bit funny and gross…but it works. If I have to leave the room and I have to leave something like my laptop in the room (because it might be impractical to carry out to a customer dinner), I bury it in my favorite TravelPro Crew 11 Carryon suitcase and then drape some underwear over it. Yep…told you it was kinda gross. But totally works! Would you go any further!?!? lol…
Hotel Safety Tips #5 – Use the privacy signs whenever possible
If you do have to leave your room make sure you hang the privacy sign. Hotel staff will likely steer clear assuming a guest is in the room. You can also turn your TV on to further insinuate someone’s in the room improving the chances your gear will be safe. This hotel safety tip obviously doesn’t apply if you desire your room being serviced.
For a bonus hotel safety tip, hang the sign when YOU are in the room to make sure they stay clear.
Hotel Safety Tips #6 – Always have your firewall on when connecting to hotel wi-fi
Hotel’s, for the most part, offer free wi-fi (I am using it right now as I write this here at this Hilton). However, hotel wi-fi is not known for being overly secure. Make sure you are connecting to the Hotel’s actual wi-fi network first, and second always make sure your computer’s firewall is on and you use up-to-date antivirus software.
For your phones, make sure they have appropriate security protection as well.
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Hotel Safety Tips #7 – Learn the hotel exits
If you’ve ever been evacuated from a hotel at 2 in the morning for a hotel fire it’s not pleasant! Take a quick glance at the exit plan posted in the room so as to be ready.
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Some Bonus Hotel Safety Tips
During my research for this article I discovered a fellow traveler offering a few tips of his own. In Colin Robinson’s Worried About Safety In Hotels? Read 16 Hotel Safety Tips he shares some of his own tips that I found quite interesting:
- Never lose site of your luggage in the hotel lobby – smart advice for hotel lobby’s that are very busy!
- Avoid giving your name in public places – no need to alert everyone to some of your personal information.
- Don’t use the hotel safe – they can easily be physically removed usually. This is something I didn’t know!
You can read the rest of his tips here.
Final thoughts on Hotel Safety Tips
I trust these hotel safety tips have been useful. They will put your mind at ease while traveling and will definitely improve the safety of your gear and most importantly, YOU!
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