When you’re on vacation, it can be easy to let your guard down. You’re excited. You’re ready to relax or go out and explore. I’ve read a lot of stories about people who have left out their personal items when they went on an excursion, only to return to their room to find things have been stolen. Another story that seems to pop up every now and then, is when the hotel accidentally assigns one room to two different guests. Stories include being woken up in the middle of the night or even coming out of the shower to find a stranger in the room.
To protect your valuables, you can use the safe (if available) or lock it up in your luggage before you leave for any extended amount of time. Always make sure you close the door securely on your way out too. I wait for the click and then turn the knob and give the door a push just to double check.
To prevent someone entering your room while you’re in there, especially with your kids, always use the additional locks and bolts on the door. The safety measures you practice at home shouldn’t be left there.
A few (minor) extra steps can be the difference between a safe and memorable vacation or a disastrous one. If someone gets into your hotel room and really wants your stuff, they’re going to find a way to get it. It would suck, but at least you can look back and know that you did all you could, instead of wondering what you could have done differently.
Safe travels, everyone!