Travel Tips – Part 3

Recap: In our last post, we talked about hotel room safety and security with regards to the location of the room within the building (i.e. floor number, proximity to elevators, etc).

Today, we are going to talk about two simple items that can go virtually anywhere and provide you with an added level of security and peace of mind while traveling.

From physical keys to key cards and RFID fobs, hotels use all sorts of access control technology to make sure you get into your room. But technology isn’t perfect, and you’ve probably seen a news article where these elements are exploited or bypassed.

When traveling, your room is (supposed to be) your safe space, your sanctuary and a place of rest.

Here are two tools to help you keep it that way, no matter where you travel.

These under-rated security devices are also two of the most effective.

  1. Portable Door Lock

A simple portable door lock, such as this one found on can be the difference between a quiet evening, and a drunken neighbor invading your space.

Installing the device between the door and the frame will provide an extra layer of security and protection. Not only does it create an additional lock that bolsters the existing deadbolt, it keeps the door from opening even if the deadbolt is not engaged. For me, this was a game changer, because if someone did have the key to my room, they still couldn’t get in without my permission.

  1. Personal keychain alarm

An ear-piercing siren of 120 db is a great way to draw attention to a specific location.

By using a personal alarm and a bit of duct tape, you can create a security system to let you (and anyone on your floor) know if someone is trying to open the door without your permission.

This is also great if you have small kids traveling with you and want to take a shower while making sure they don’t leave the room without telling you.

Good luck and safe travels!

Author: Aaron Lembo, Founder of Jack Of All Tradecraft, is an Intelligence Consultant, Field Operations Trainer and Eagle Scout. Learn more by following @jackofalltradecraft on Instagram.

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