Whether you fly or drive on your summer vacation, once you get there chances are you'll be checking into a hotel. Here are some tips to make sure your 'home away from home' is safe.
First, when you are checking in to your hotel make sure not to announce your room number out loud. Anyone could be listening and then, they'd know where to find you. If the clerk announces it, you may want to think about asking for another room.
While you're checking in you should also ask for two business cards with the name, address and phone number of the hotel. One, you can keep in your room so you'll have all the information at hand if you need to let friends or relatives know how they can get in touch with you. The other card, you should take with you when you go out so when you want to return to your hotel there won't be any confusion about which Embassy Suites you are staying at.
Whenever you can try to stay at a hotel with electronic locks. Since they are recoded for every new guest there's very little chance someone would have a duplicate key to your room. And, every time you return to your room put your key in the exact same spot. This will keep you from having to hunt for it if there is an emergency or you need it in the middle of the night.
Before you settle in check the locks on your door. Make sure they work and consider keeping the deadbolt and safety latch on whenever you are in the room. While you are near the door check out the escape plan in case of fire or some other emergency. It may seem simple, but there may not be anyone else to make sure you and your family get out safely.
Even if you are just going down the hall for ice never prop your door open! You never know who may come in while you are gone.
If you can avoid it, don't get a room with connecting doors. And if you do, make sure your side is locked so someone from the connecting room can't get in.
Finally, when you are packing you may not think to pack a flashlight. But you should have one to put by your bedside in case the electricity goes out or you need to get up in the middle of the night. So while you're tipping the bellman for his help, help keep your family safe by keeping these tips for yourself.