Safety is so important when traveling alone. As more and more women are traveling for business, some hotels are creating special programs to keep women safe. However, there are a great number of safety precautions we can take, regardless of where we’re staying. I have compiled a list of tips for being safe in a hotel, and will follow it up in the next few weeks with tips for other situations. This is by no means a comprehensive list, so if I missed one of your favorites, please put it in the comments! Travel safely, friends.
Before you go:
- If possible, choose national hotel chains with indoor room entrances.
- Don’t put your home address on your luggage tags. Put your business address.
- Make sure you have directions to your hotel. Also have their phone number and address handy. (This sounds obvious, but the last time I went to Salt Lake City I went to the wrong location of Hampton Inn, and then couldn’t find the correct location and drove around lost for thirty minutes. I finally found the phone number on my iPhone and the very nice man stayed on the phone with me until I got there. I should know better than this!!)
When you arrive:
- Use valet parking if it’s available. It may cost more but it’s much safer then wandering around a parking garage
- If the desk person says your room number aloud, ask for a different room.
- Ask for two keys—otherwise people will know you’re traveling alone.
- Avoid staying on the first floor whenever possible, especially if there is outside access to your room.
In your room:
- Make sure you have a deadbolt, and keep your deadbolt locked whenever you’re in the room.
- Make sure there is no door connecting to another room.
- Never put the “Please Clean My Room” sign on the door. It’s an open invitation to thieves! Call housekeeping instead.
- Don’t use the door sign provided for ordering breakfast. This alerts anyone who looks at it that you are ordering for one. When they knock, make sure the person with your food is a hotel employee.
- If someone knocks on your door without you requesting anything, check to see who it is. If it’s a hotel employee, call the front desk to find out if it’s legit. If it’s not, speak through the door without opening it.
- When you leave your hotel for the evening put the “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door. This makes it look like someone is there.
Readers, what are your best hotel safety tips?