Where should I hide my valuables in my hotel room?
When you leave your hotel room, people do come in (even when there is a DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door).
Gone are the days when locking your suitcase was enough to keep thieves out. If you’re staying at a hotel and need to leave something really valuable in your room, it pays to know the best hiding places.
Since the movies have shown the back of the toilet option or under the mattress, these places are very common for people looking to steal your stuff.
Here are a few of my suggestions
1. Shampoo Bottles
If you need to hide small items such as jewellery and cash, shampoo bottles are an easy and safe solution. Wrap your items in a small ziplock bag and drop them into the bottle. Avoid leaving the bottle out in the open and instead put it in your toiletry bag.
2. Ironing Board Cover
Most hotels will have a fold out ironing board available in the room. This area is one of the most overlooked when cleaning, making it the perfect place to stash your laptop. All you need to do is slip your laptop between the board and the cover and then close the shelf. NOTE: Do NOT ask to borrow an ironing board to do this. The staff may return and take it while you are out.
3. Tape an Envelope
A friend showed me this. Taping an envelope to the bottom of a drawer or underneath the sofa provides good security for small and thin items such as cash, cards and passports. Although a common hiding spot, thieves rarely have hours to search you room.
4. Inside a Zipped Couch/Sofa Seat Cushion
The trick here is to make sure the item is small enough to avoid a bugle beneath the seat cushion cover. Hotel maids will vacuum the couches, but rarely remove the seat cushions. I guess they are not looking for loose change.
5. Under the TV
Televisions are heavy and fragile, making the areas around them undesirable to clean. Placing your passport under the base or taping your credit cards to the back (if the TV is wall mounted) keeps them safe and out of the reach.
6. In Plain Site with Other Items
The best hiding places are the ones no one thinks to check. If you have a stack of magazines handy, slip some cash between the pages. Have a suitcase full of clothes, and conceal your laptop amongst them. (This isn't really my favorite idea, but it may prevent a dash-and-grab thief).
7. On Top of a High Shelf
If your hotel room has tall furniture, (and there is plenty of dust on top of it) then placing your valuables on top might be a good option. Remember - The key here is dust! If the area is dusty, it’s a good indicator that it’s high enough to be safe.
1. Create a Diversion
A good way to test the hotel staff is to leave some cash on the table. This will encourage thieves to grab the cash, leaving your valuables behind.
2. Don't Use the Hotel Safe
Don’t use the hotel safe! Good in theory, bad in practice. Not only are they susceptible to tampering, the default unlock code is 000000. (This is rarely changed by the hotel managers - and known by staff).
For more info, watch the video below.
3. Invest in an Anti-Theft Bag
If you have some time before the trip, you may consider investing in an anti-theft bag like this one. This company offers a variety of anti-theft bags, backpacks and portable safes. Sure, the thief may find the items, but won’t be able to unlock them without the use of special tools. (My wife and I each own and carry this exact bag).
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by Greg Pasden
World Traveler, Author, Coffee Entrepreneur
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