Vacation season is in full swing! Staying overnight at a hotel can be a fun treat for the whole family. When you arrive at your destination, possibly after a long journey, the last thing you might want to think about is taking safety precautions. However, it’s important to remember that there may be potential dangers lurking. Whether you’re traveling for business or on a family vacation, here are a few tips for hotel safety that will help keep you and your family safe and allow you to focus on enjoying your time away.
Confidentiality at check in
Ask the concierge person to write down your room number or just simply point it out. You never know who is lurking about, appearing not to be listening. Knowing the exact room that you are in makes you an easy mark for pick pockets, thieves and other predators to gain access to you, and your valuables. Do not set your wallet or purse down when checking in. You may become distracted while completing check in paperwork and not notice that someone has walked away with your property. Also, keep your luggage within eyesight as you check in.
Know where exits are
Take a walk around the lobby when you check in. Make a note of where the exits are, and locate exits and stairwells on your floor. In the event of blackout, evacuation, fire or other emergency when the lighting may not be functioning, you will have an idea of where the nearest exit is. Avoid elevators in cases of fire or evacuation. Always take the stairs.
Make a safety plan for your family
Discuss what route you will take as a family if there were a reason to exit in a hurry for safety’s sake. Pick a meeting point that is nearby in the event that you become separated like a restaurant, landmark, tree in the park, etc. It should be someplace memorable that can be easily reached by all.
Use the hotel safe for your valuables
Most hotels accept no responsibility for lost or stolen items. Dishonest hotel staff or thieves can gain access to your room without your knowledge. Most hotels have an in room safe for your use. You can store jewelry, extra cash, electronics and any items of value in your safe when you leave your room. Create a pin/password that is difficult to guess. If there is no safe in your room, ask the concierge at the front desk to store valuables in the hotel safe. If you prefer, you can purchase your own small travel safe online to bring with you.
Use the peep hole
Do not open your door for people that you do not know, no matter how safe or innocent they may seem. If someone is asking for assistance, offer to call the police or hotel staff for them. Call and confirm with the front desk to verify any staff that need to enter the room for repairs, etc. and arrive without you requesting their visit. Always use the deadbolt lock (most rooms have them) and use the peep hole to identify who is at the door.
Staying safe while you’re away is vital to the success of any trip. Keeping these simple tips in mind will help to ensure you have a safe and fun vacation. We’ve given you a few tips to help you avoid dangers while traveling, but if you’d like to learn more or want help with any of your other work-life challenges, log in today.