Most hotels today are safe and secure. In major cities, the larger hotel chains often have their own security staff to help enhance their guests’ safety. Whether you’re staying at a five-star luxury property or a basic motel, here are some hints to keep you and your possessions safe.
- Before you leave, prepare an itinerary with the name and address of hotels at which you will be staying for friends and family so they can reach you in case of an emergency.
- Look for the emergency exit closest to your room and memorize the number of doors and steps from your room to the exit in case of fire or other emergency.
- Always use the peephole on your hotel room door before you open the door to someone.
- Don’t give your room number to anyone you don’t know.
- Put your valuables and passport in the in-room safe or check them in the hotel safe.
- Always safety-lock the door to your hotel room. If you are concerned about the safety of your accommodations, consider a travel door lock or door jam. These can be obtained through a variety of vendors.
- Don’t leave windows open at night if you’re on a low floor.
- Carry the number of the local U.S. embassy and the travel insurance assistance hotline with you so that you can contact them in case of emergency.
- Ask the hotel concierge to recommend reliable taxis and other services.
- Lock your suitcase if it contains items of value to you.
- If you’re planning a trip on your own, read travel reviews and guides to find out if the hotel is located in a safe area.
- When going out, take your hotel’s business card with you for easy reference in case of any problems.
Linda Kundell has traveled in 25 countries on 5 continents. She owns Kundell Communications, a firm specializing in travel related public relations, whose clients include the US Tour Operators Association and the US Travel Insurance Association. Linda has authored numerous articles for consumer and industry magazines, and she currently publishes The Travel P.R. Report, an e-newsletter for travel marketing executives.