You know how, when you’re on a mission, and you reach your hotel, you check for surveillance equipment, and secure the door against counter-intelligence operatives?
Not so much? Me neither.
Drew Dwyer does. He’s a Marine veteran and former CIA operative who shared his hotel check-in safety checklist with Entrepreneur.com. He’s been on countless missions in other countries, and developed a habit of making sure his hotel room was as safe as he could make it.
Our vacations may not be as danger-filled and exciting as Dwyer’s, but there are still a few things we can do to be safe while staying in a hotel. Here are a few of the items from Dwyer’s list.
As a family of five, hotel stays can be a little tricky. They’re cramped, crowded, and can make vacations pricey. So we’re always careful about where we stay when we hit the road. We’ll try to book ahead of time, but there are times we have to rely on Travelocity or remembering previous stays to find a hotel that meets our standards.
When we’re on the road, we have three criteria:
- The place has to be clean, or have a reputation for being clean. This is one time I favor chains over local options, because those chains have corporate standards to meet.
- We prefer a continental breakfast. It’s actually cheaper in the long run.
- We want a pet friendly hotel. It varies from hotel to hotel, depending on ownership, but you can find them with some research.
Last year, Parents Magazine picked their own choices for Top Family Friendly Hotels, naming as their top five budget hotels, the Residence Inn, Hyatt Place, Springhill Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, and Wingate by Wyndham.