10+ Personal Security Tips For Hotel Stays
10+ Personal Security Tips For Hotel Stays by Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog
Here is a practical list of personal security tips for those who stay in hotels while traveling for business or pleasure…
1. Consider selecting a hotel room on the second floor which will generally keep you out of reach of criminal activity from the street but still within reach of fire truck ladders.
2. Familiarize yourself with escape routes in case of fire or evacuation. Simply know where the stairs are so you could visualize getting out in the dark if you had to. Most people will instinctively go to the elevators (don’t do that!).
An MSB visitor here once said:
As a firefighter one of the best things to do is to count the number of doors in each direction to the fire exit. NOT ELEVATOR! if there is a fire you will be crawling and not able to see the signs which are placed at eye level.
A good idea is to see where the fire trucks would be coming to and staging in case you cannot leave the floor and need to get their attention.
Any time you are anywhere you should be checking where the exits are and if traveling with family a good call is to arrange a meeting place if you evac the building. i.e. parking lot far west corner…etc. that way if it becomes necessary to get out you can find everyone and would have no reason to attempt to go back in to get wife, son, daughter, beer….etc.
And yet another MSB visitor emphasized a related consideration:
On check-in I always study the hotel layout, find exits, count doors to stairways, etc. I also ‘test drive’ the stairs as I’ve found many are unique in terms of layout.
Example 1: they go to the first floor, but continue on to a basement level from which it takes longer to get outside.
Example 2: they have no first floor exterior door in the stairwell and you have to go into the first floor hallway and then exit the building. There are other unique set-ups, but I’ve experienced both of these just this year.
[Ken adds]: I too have experienced this. Don’t assume that the stairs will lead you straight outside. Check them.
3. Always pack or carry a flashlight in case you lose power in an unfamiliar place (Important!). Keep it on your nightstand while sleeping.