What should I do when checking into a hotel? (Solo Female Traveler Edition)

Traveling alone can be a profoundly rewarding experience. You don’t have to compromise your desires and you move at your own pace, obey your own whims and set your own rules.

The flipside of solo travel, obviously is safety. As a female solo traveler myself, I tend to follow a set of simple rules when adventuring alone.

Be cautious and vigilant, especially when exploring a new or an unfamiliar city. Do your research about the common crimes or cons in the area.  Bearing in mind that knowledge is power, read the situation via reviews before diving in, and be sure to look up safety tips based on your destination.

A good place to start is hotel safety as wherever your destination might be, you’ll still need a place to sleep. 

Here are 5 tips for females when checking into a hotel

1. Call ahead and don’t be gender-specific 

Before you book, call the hotel and inquire about the establishment’s safety measures. Ask about security guards and surveillance cameras and whether the front desk is manned 24/7. Provide only your first initial and last name when reserving a room.

2. Request for the front desk employee to write down your room number instead of  verbalizing it aloud

You don’t need anybody to overhear where you’re staying. In the event that they do say it, demand another room and have them to write it out this time. 

3. Inspect the room and keep the door locked

Before you unpack, inspect the room to ensure all windows and doors have functioning locks. Make a habit of locking your door once you enter the room. Always use the deadbolt and security chain regardless of how over the top it might seem.

4. Use the hotel’s main entrance and avoid being alone

This is particularly crucial when entering or exiting the hotel after dark. If necessary, call for an employee to accompany you to and from your car. You want to minimize time in insecure environments. For instance, in case you’re waiting for a taxi, stay in your lobby until it arrives. Albeit it may cost few dollars, utilize the valet parking to avoid the walk from the parking lot to the hotel.

5. To deter theft, provide the illusion that someone is with you constantly

When checking in, get two cards instead of one and inform that another female companion is on her way as well. You don’t want to alert the desk receptionist that you’re occupying the room alone. Meanwhile if there is a male individual that is looking for you, they will find it amiss and inform you prior. To add on,  do keep the “Do Not Disturb” card on your door and turn on the television when you go out. You don’t want to alert anyone that you’re occupying the room alone.

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