WHEN you’re looking for travel advice, airline employees are treasure troves of knowledge.
One woman shared her smart travel safety strategies online, and you’ll want to use her easy tips the next time you take a vacation.
Flight attendant CiCi shares travel and safety tips on TikTok, where she has 25.5k followers.
In a recent video, CiCi walked viewers through the five things she does every time she checks into a hotel to make sure she stays safe during her visit.
Her safety-minded behavior starts during check-in. At the front desk, she’s very careful not to give information to people who could harm her.
“When you’re checking in, make sure the front desk person doesn’t say your room number, and you don’t say your room number,” CiCi advised.
That way, potential predators can’t take note of your room number to harm you or steal your belongings later on.
Once she reaches the room, CiCi looks at the hotel map on the door to see the nearest fire exit, then props the door open to complete a safety check.
CiCi checks the closet, the shower, and behind the window curtains, to make sure no one is there.
If there’s space under the bed or if you’re staying in a suite, you can check those additional hiding spots, too.
She also tests the phone to make sure it works. Once the safety check is complete, you can shut the door behind you.
If the room has an adjoining room, CiCi recommends locking that door as well.
When she locks her doors, the flight attendant doubles up on security measures to keep her room locked up tight and unwanted intruders out.
“I put a washcloth in here, and then shut it,” CiCi explained, showing how she places the cloth in the security lock while she’s closing it. “Then, I put my bag right in front of the door.”
She said that these measures are contingency plans that prevent worst-case scenarios.
“I put the bag in front of the door so nobody can stick a wire under the door and open the security lock, along with towel as backup,” CiCi explained.
CiCi also covers the peephole on her door once she’s in the room.
Many hotels have a sliding cover for the peephole, but if she stays in one without, the savvy traveler plugs the opening with a small ball of toilet tissue.
Finally, any time she leaves her room, CiCi turns on the television.
“When I leave my room, I leave my TV on with the volume up,” CiCi said.
“Not loud enough to disturb people,” she added. “Just a normal volume I would watch TV on regularly.”
The extra security measures give her peace of mind and make her globe-traveling lifestyle safer.
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