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.
Here are seven of the most creative hiding spots that will leave thieves frustrated and empty handed.
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) Iron Board Cover
Most hotels will have a fold out iron 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.
3) Tape an envelope
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 cushion
The trick here is to make sure the item is small enough to avoid a bugle beneath the cushion cover. Hotel maids will vacuum the couches, but rarely remove the covers.
5) Behind or 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) On top of a high shelf
If your hotel room has tall furniture, placing valuables on top is a good option. The key here is dust! If the area is dusty, it’s a good indicator that it’s high enough to be safe.
7) In plain sight amongst 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.
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.
Invest in a anti theft bag
If you have some time before the trip, you may consider investing in a anti theft travel bag like this one. This company offers a variety of 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.
Add a tracker to your suitcase
Another great gadget for keeping track of your items is “tile”. A small GPS tracker which you place inside your bag. The app will give you updates in real time and help track your belongings.
Avoid 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, look over the video below.
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