Traveling around the world is an exciting experience, one that you will remember for the rest of your life. When traveling, the first accommodation option that is generally chosen is a hotel. However, when checking into any hotel, it’s important that you take into consideration the different safety precautions to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable trip without any incidents occurring. For those who are traveling to different countries and booking into a number of different hotels, this expert guide will give you the essential hotel safety tips and best practices that you can incorporate into your travel adventure so you can stay safe at any time of the year.
Safety Tips To Help Make Your Hotel Stay Enjoyable
1. Book Rooms With Good Lock Systems
When booking a hotel room, ask them what type of locking system is on the room doors. With the increase in crime in the world, it’s a good idea to book a hotel room that features either an electronic locking system or that has a deadbolt and chain lock to help reduce the risk of break-ins. It’s also a good idea to choose a hotel that features a peephole on their doors. This allows you to see who is at the door prior to opening it. This will help you and your belongings to stay safe.
2. Staff Visits and Room Service
Room service or staff visits to your room may be needed at times depending on the hotel and room that you’ve chosen. However, there have been incidents where criminals have posed as hotel employees to gain access to the room and to your items. If you’ve been approached by a ‘hotel’ staff at a strange hour, or you haven’t been notified they were coming, call the front desk first before letting them in to confirm that they have sent someone to talk to you. If they haven’t it’s best to notify the hotel staff and to not open the door.
3. Keep The Essentials Close
When staying in a hotel, it’s a good idea to keep your essential items close to you in case you have to leave in a hurry. Keep your wallet, keys, phone, and a pair of shoes next to the bed, so if there’s an evacuation notice, you don’t have to rush around, half asleep to find everything that you need. It’s not uncommon that a hotel has been evacuated due to a fire outbreak or another reason, and if you leave your wallet behind it can be hard for you to get your cards and ID back again or updated, especially in a new country.
4. Lock Valuables In A Safe
If you have a choice and the money when booking a hotel room, it’s a good idea to try and book one that has a safe. Hotel rooms that have safes offer more security for those who have valuable possessions. When going out you can place your computer and any other expensive device within the safe for the day without the risk of it getting stolen. These safes are generally fixed within the wall. Because of this it makes it hard for thieves to take them out and damage them.
5. Don’t Book A Ground Level Room
When possible, try not to book a ground floor room if there’s multiple leveled rooms available. Ground rooms are generally more of a target for thieves and criminals because of their easy access. Instead, try to get a room between the 4th and 6th floor to help lower the risk of break-ins. Avoid going any higher than this because if a fire outbreak occurs, it’s difficult for the fire fighters to reach you. This is because the ladders are generally only tall enough to reach the 6th floor.
Traveling the world and staying safe can be done successfully. By taking these simple tips into consideration you’ll be able to keep you and your valuables from becoming a victim of a criminal attack. So, are you feeling safer about traveling now?
About the Author:
Matt Garrett is a venue coordinator who organizes, plans, and runs large conferences weddings and other events at different venue locations. He works hard on delivering the best for his clients and strives to make each event a success. He works for Mercure Ballarat. He and his wife love traveling and plans to travel to Europe in the coming year.