50 Travel Safety Tips
Simple things that could save your life.
10. Request a room near the elevators and away from any renovation or repair work. Have your key out when you leave the elevator.
11. You want to be far from emergency exits (which someone might pry open to avoid using the elevators), ideally on an upper floor away from catwalks and terraces.
12. The door should have double locks – one of which is a dead bolt – and a peephole. Bring along a security doorstop if you think you’ll need extra protection.
13. The “Please Make Up My Room” sign tells everyone you’re not there. Call housekeeping instead to notify them your room’s ready for cleaning.
14. Conversely, the do not disturb sign can make the room seem occupied (especially handy if you leave expensive items inside).
15. Put expensive clothing on hangers under other garments. Robbers usually “shop” what they can see.
16. Lock valuables in the front-desk safe.
17. If your bag is stolen from the hotel, recruit management to search for it. Most hotel robberies are committed by the staff, and many companies, especially overseas, don’t allow employees to leave with packages; thieves take the money and dump the rest.
18. Stand near the elevator buttons with your back to the wall; if threatened, push all the buttons at once with your back.