In my blog yesterday we talked about the holidays fast approaching and the highway travel that would be most likely taking place and some ways to be sure your reach your destination and return home safely. Today lets talk about when you actually arrive. If you are staying in a hotel there are some very important safety precautions you will want to take to be sure you and your family are protected. Even if you think you know the area and you feel 'safe', you can not be too careful. Crime is on the rise.
Before your stay, know your hotel: Don't be afraid to call and ask questions before you make your reservation. Select a hotel that has installed modern electronic guest room locks. Be aware of your hotels surroundings and location. If you are visiting a foreign country, be aware of the security situation there. Call ahead and make sure the front desk is staffed 24 hours a day. Jewelry, luggage and valuables should be photographed before your trip. Be sure your cell phone works even if there is a phone in your room.
Once you arrive, be aware of your surroundings: Immediately familiarize yourself with the fire escape route. Ask the front desk what number should be dialed in case of emergency. Be aware of anyone listening in on your conversation as you check in. Don't let the front desk associate publicize your room number.
During your stay, be on guard: Keep your room key, wallet, flashlight and cell phone on your nightstand. Check the locks on doors and windows as soon as you arrive. At night, use the main entrance. Keep cash, credit cards and checks in separate pockets or areas of your purse. Never open your door to someone unless you are sure of their identity and expecting them.
Below is an infographic offering more safety tips before and during your stay. You should also check with your insurance agent to be sure your belongings will be covered. Some homeowners or renters policies provide coverage anywhere in the world, some in the US only and there is often limitations for jewelry.
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