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5 Must-Have Items for Ensuring Hotel Room Security

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We have both worked in some pretty unusual places in our lives. Without boring you with the details let’s just say that these are professions where safety and security are essential. Given that background we are cautious when we travel and have put together a travel safety kit with five items that help us secure our rooms. These items are all affordable, easy to pack and store, and are probably ok to pack and bring onto an airplane. We’re only saying probably because the TSA luggage rules change from time to time so you should check them in advance.

Let’s jump right in and take a look at each of the 5 items we recommend packing for hotel security.

A tourist ensuring that their hotel room is secure

5 Items to Keep Your Room Secure

When it comes to securing a hotel room, a few simple items can give you peace of mind and ensure your stay is safe and comfortable. While it would be nice to think that you can rely on the hotel room locks, recent security hacks show that this isn’t always true. Here are our top picks for a travel safety kit focused on hotel security, complete with why each item is important and how to use them.

1. Portable Door Lock

First up is the portable door lock. This small, lightweight device is a game-changer for adding an extra layer of security to your hotel room door, preventing unauthorized entry. To use it, simply insert the lock into the door’s strike plate and close the door. It works on most doors, including those without traditional locks. Since it’s lightweight and compact, it’s perfect for travel. Just remember to check compatibility with the door type in your hotel room.

2. Door Security Bar

For doors that don’t have deadbolts, a security bar can provide extra protection. This adjustable, portable bar prevents the door from being forced open. To use it, adjust the bar to the correct length and wedge it under the door handle, ensuring it’s angled to provide maximum resistance. Security bars are also useful for sliding doors and windows, offering versatile security options.

3. Door Stop Alarm

Next, we have the door stop alarm, a handy gadget that not only stops the door from being opened but also emits a loud alarm if someone tries to force entry. This dual-purpose tool is excellent for scaring off potential intruders. Place the doorstop alarm under the door from the inside; when pressure is applied, the alarm sounds off, alerting you and deterring intruders. It’s ideal for use in unfamiliar accommodations where you might feel less secure.

4. Travel Safe

A travel safe is another essential item. Hotel safes combination are often easy to override or even use default settings that can be exploited by thieves. Instead of relying on the hotel room safe alone, store your valuables in the travel safe inside the hotel safe. For convenience, look for a safe with a mechanical combination lock to avoid the hassle of carrying keys. Avoid electronic locks, they can often be bypassed really easily.

Pro-Tip: During the pandemic I picked up lockpicking as a hobby and was shocked how easy it is to get into many of the budget safes. For that reason I strongly recommend either purchasing a high-quality safe, or just take your chances with the hotel safe. In fact, I recommend getting a pistol safe from a high-quality vendor. They are the right size and are built to higher standards.

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V-Line Compact Keyless Gun Safe, CA DOJ Certified Portable Quick Access Pistol Safe for a Handgun and Ammo. Mechanical Lock. It is light weight (5lbs) but still provides the security you expect from all V-Line security products. The Compact has an elongated hole in the rear of the case to accept a cable lock for securing to a variety stationary fixtures.

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5. A Flashlight

A flashlight is an essential part of any travel safety kit. In case of a power outage or if you need to navigate your room in the dark, a small, powerful flashlight can be invaluable. Keep it within easy reach on your nightstand or in your travel bag. We suggest an LED flashlight because they last longer and are brighter than traditional bulbs.

Honorable Mention: Window Alarms

If your hotel room has windows that can be opened, consider window alarms. These devices alert you to any attempts to open the windows. Attach the alarm to the window frame, and if the window is tampered with, it emits a loud sound. These alarms are usually battery-operated, so make sure they have fresh batteries before your trip. I’ll admit that we never carry these when we travel in the U.S. even though we probably should. If we were staying in an area with high crime we would add these to our kit.

In Conclusion

Securing your hotel room doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. By adding a couple of key items to your travel safety kit, you can enhance your peace of mind and enjoy your travels with confidence. Whether it’s a portable door lock, a door stop alarm, or a simple flashlight, each of these tools plays a crucial role in keeping you safe and secure. Remember, preparation is key, and taking these extra steps can make all the difference in ensuring your trip is both enjoyable and worry-free.

So, next time you’re packing for an adventure, don’t forget to include these essential security items in your luggage. Safe travels, and always stay prepared!

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