11/07/2013 10:15 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

The Flight Attendant's Guide to Hotel Safety


Putting your oxygen mask on first is a great lesson you probably learned from a flight attendant. I know I've learned many life lessons from my colleagues over the years. Airline crews are away from home and family sometimes half the year or more. Staying safe on the road is a priority. Here are the tips I've learned along the way that may benefit you as a traveler as well!

Buckle up! You may have heard this announcement from a flight attendant at the end of a flight, "Now that the safest part of your journey is over be sure to buckle up and drive safely!" Whether your in a rental car or a hotel van be safe, don't text and buckle your seat belt. Well, I guess you can text in the van!

Never talk about your plans or where you are staying while on the plane or anywhere in the airport. Especially if you're traveling solo. You never know who is listening. This means paying attention if you're talking on your phone sometimes you can forget that there are others around listening. Same holds true when you arrive where you are staying. Don't announce your room number to your fellow travelers. Instead write it on a piece of paper and hand it to them.

Prop your bags against the door of your hotel room and inspect it before closing the heavy door behind you. Thankfully, I have never encountered a stranger in my room but, I know flight attendants who have.

Use the deadbolt! I have walked in on people sleeping because the hotel inadvertently gave me a key to a room already occupied. This will also stop housekeeping from coming in while you're in the shower should you forget the do not disturb sign.

Knock at the door, but you didn't order room service or call for anything? Do not open the door for anyone you're not sure of. Call the front desk when in doubt.

Have plans? Leave your television on when you leave your room. A thief is less likely to enter if they think the room is occupied.

Also, leave a note on the night stand when you head out with a description of yourself and your plans. This way if something did happen the police have something to go on.

Know your exits! Leave a travel flashlight and a room key on the floor close to the door. In case of a fire grab both on your way out. A frequent flier friend had this great tip. If you encounter thick smoke or fire down the hall at least you can re-enter your room and call for help.

Taking these simple steps and staying aware of your surroundings will go a long way in keeping you safe! What are your safety tips? Did I miss anything? Let us know in the comment section.