While most travel safety tips apply equally to men and women, the fact is that women are more vulnerable to certain types of crimes on the road. These travel safety tips will help ensure your well-being on the road.
1. Choose Hotels Wisely
- Choose national hotel chains with interior room entrances (as opposed to a motel-style residences with individual point of entries); hotels with reception or concierge desks near the entrance deter potential criminals.
- Request a room with a peephole, preferably with no connecting door to another room.
- Never give out your room number.
- Avoid rooms near emergency exits, as well as those near any renovation work.
2. Park Smart
- Use valet service whenever available at night.
- If no valet service is available, park only in well-lit areas, as close to the hotel entrance as possible.
- If you are traveling alone, don't hesitate to ask a hotel employee to escort you to your car if you do not feel comfortable.
3. Stay Safe in Your Room
- Place the "Do Not Disturb" sign on your door to discourage anyone from entering your room while you are away.
- Do not use room service breakfast door hangers as they ask for number of guests (you don't want to announce if you are alone).
- Never forget to lock and bolt doors and windows in your hotel room.
- Don't let hotel employees enter your room unless you have requested them.
- Always verify with the front desk if someone claiming to be a hotel employee knocks on the door.
- Report strangers and suspicious behavior immediately.
4. Keep in Touch
- Make sure people at home have your itinerary, flight information, hotel information and phone numbers.
- Fill out the emergency contact information on your hotel rewards profile as well as on your passport.
- Keep your cell phone on you at all times.
- Make sure you have 911 and emergency contact numbers programmed in speed dial.
5. Utilize Hotel Services
- If you're expecting take-out food or a package from outside the hotel, have it delivered to the front desk or concierge.