Have you read about the EasyLock which made the papers this week? It was invented by a loving grandpa who wanted his grandkids to stay safe when they’re travelling the world.
The EasyLock is lightweight, portable, durable (has a steel core) and apparently even kids can use it! You can secure it on your hotel room door to give you an added layer of protection. You can also partially open the door with the lock in if you need to. Following a successful Indigogo fundraising campaign, first production on the locks will be scheduled for 31st October. If anyone gets hold of one, I’d be really keen to hear your feedback!
In the meantime, here are my tips on staying safe in a hotel room:
- If you might be staying somewhere dodgy and safety is top priority, call your hotel in advance to check whether they have 24 hour security and someone on the front desk at all times.
- Travelling as a solo female? Some hotels have female only floors with extra security.
- Avoid ground floor rooms where you can.
- Always check the fire safety card when you first enter the room and familiarize yourself with the exit route.
- Don’t be lazy – put those valuables in the hotel safe!
- If someone knocks at the door, always use the spy hole to check who it is first – I’ve even seem some shorter spy holes for kids which is a great idea.
- If you are concerned about who’s outside your door, pick up the phone and call reception. Better to be safe than sorry.
- Before you go to sleep, check the door is locked properly and all the windows/balcony door etc. In fact, when you travel with kids, the first thing you should do when you enter a hotel room is make sure all those windows & balcony doors are locked! See this post for more on childproofing your hotel room.
- Travel tip from my dad – always pack a torch. Some hotels will provide them but it’s always useful to have a torch and keep it next to the bed.
- Likewise keep your phone, wallet and a pair of shoes next to your bed just in case you need to get out of the room in a hurry.
Do you have any tips you’d like to add? I’m sure my dad does, in fact I’m surprised he wasn’t the Grandpa who invented the EasyLock!