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Five hotel room tips that will keep you and your valuables safe from intruders while on vacation


Thousands of Irish families will be heading out this summer for a well-deserved break in sunnier post-Covid climes.

Although traveling abroad is generally very safe – depending on your destination – there are things you can do to ensure that you and your belongings are safe in your hotel room.

Former flight attendant Nassim has shared some advice with Express.co.uk for those staying in hotels this summer after a terrifying ordeal for one of her crew members.

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The stewardess admitted that she doesn’t even always feel safe in her hotel room, despite how often she travels.

She explained: “When I first started flying I heard of a story where a crew member had walked into his hotel room and hadn’t checked in properly and someone had hidden in the bedroom.

“They were attacked, so every time I entered a hotel room, I used my suitcase to keep the hotel door open.

“I then go inside and check everywhere.

“I was checking the bathroom, under the bed, inside the cabinets, under the table and behind the curtains to make sure no one was in there.

“I would never walk into a room without doing that,” she explained.

Nassim said some hotels don’t have chains for the door “so we just rely on the lock”.

“So I put my bag by the door.

“In case someone opens it from the outside to make noise.”

The stewardess said it was a good hack to recognize that someone immediately enters your room.

The crew member shared other things vacationers and business travelers should always do to stay safe while abroad.

She explained: “I would also make sure that I never get in an elevator with just one person and press my floor.

“And make sure no one follows you to your room.

“If you don’t feel safe, wait in the lobby until they’re gone.

“Only then go to your room, especially if you are alone.”

Nassim added: “I still wouldn’t put room service on my door to avoid someone coming in.”

The crew member recommended always using the room safe.

She said: “I also used the safes for my important documents and money.

“Always, always use this!!

“I always leave my TV on, so I feel like I’m in the room all the time,” she added.

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