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  • Writer's pictureValarie Acree


Whether staying in a hotel or a vacation rental, keep these tips in mind for a safe and smooth experience. It's all about being smart and prepared, so you can focus on enjoying the adventure and making those great memories.

Secure Your Stay: Upon your arrival, prioritize the security of your accommodation.

  • Make sure all doors and windows have functional locks.

  • In hotels, take advantage of additional security features such as secondary locks on doors.

  • Conduct a thorough check of the premises, including assessing the neighborhood, observing the coverage of exterior cameras, checking for interior hidden cameras, and confirming the security of all entry points.


Never Use Public Charging Ports: Always use a plug to charge your devices. Public charging ports are subject to hacking and hardware manipulation that allow your devices to be compromised.


Protect Your Valuables: It's important to safeguard your valuables, including passports, travel documents, and expensive items.

  • Utilize the hotel safe when available. In the absence of a safe, keep your valuables with you in a secure bag, ensuring their safety as you travel.


Be Prepared for Emergencies:

Familiarize yourself with the emergency exits, stairwells, and fire alarm locations in your accommodation. In hotels, you'll typically find a map of emergency routes on the back of your room door. Knowing these routes in advance can be crucial in an emergency. 

Always carry a basic first-aid kit for minor emergencies.

Additionally, familiarize yourself with the address of your accommodations in case you need to provide it in an emergency.


Be Discreet: Maintain discretion about your accommodation details.

Refrain from sharing specifics like your room number, the name of your hotel or rental, or your travel itinerary with strangers or on social media platforms or speaking loudly about these details when having conversations.


Be Careful Interacting with Strangers:

  • Exercise caution when interacting with strangers, especially when opening your accommodation door to unexpected visitors.

  • In hotel settings, always verify the identity of anyone claiming to be hotel staff by contacting the front desk.


Stay on the Beaten Path:

  • When venturing away from your accommodations, choose well-lit and populated routes.

  • Avoid taking shortcuts through less populated or poorly lit areas, as these can pose additional risks.

  • Park in well-lit areas and always take a partner.


Stay in Touch: Regular communication with a trusted friend or family member is advisable. Keep them updated about your location and travel plans, providing an additional layer of safety during your travels.


Y’all stay safe out there, and make the most of every moment of your travels!



Disclaimer: The safety tips provided in this guide are intended for general informational purposes only. While we strive to offer practical and helpful advice, we cannot guarantee that these tips will cover all potential risks or scenarios you may encounter during your travels. Every travel situation is unique, and the effectiveness of these safety measures may vary depending on individual circumstances, locations, and unforeseen variables. We recommend that travelers always exercise personal judgment, stay informed about the specific conditions of their destinations, and adhere to the advice of local authorities and travel professionals. The use of these tips is at your own discretion and risk. The creators and publishers of this guide assume no responsibility for any loss, injury, or inconvenience sustained by anyone using this information.

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