How can I protect my valuables while staying at a hotel?
Keep your luggage in sight while checking into your room, in the lobby, and in transit to/from your hotel room.
Don’t leave your room key lying around (poolside, lobby). Some hotels print your room number on the key. While swimming, leave your key at the front desk along with your picture ID.
Don’t draw attention to yourself with exposed money, jewelry, etc
Don’t leave the maid service tag on your door. You’re letting everyone know that you have left your room for an extended period of time. If you’d like to schedule maid service call the front desk.
While away from your room turn on the television or radio. Even the smallest amount of noise may deter a thief.
Use the hotel’s safe if it is bolted to the floor and the bolts are not accessible. If it is not bolted down you are merely supplying the thief with a nice package to carry your valuables in and saving them from having to search for them.
Remember that as you travel on university business you are essentially responsible for your personal belongings.
Additional Travel Resources:
tsa.gov – Includes airline security travel resources, a packing checklist, and advice for airport security checkpoints.