How to Make Sure Your Hotel Room or BnB Is Safe

Traveling is wonderful, but you must take precautions if you want the best time possible. 

Your hotel or bed & breakfast will impact how your adventure turns out, so it makes sense to check if it's safe. While most hotels and BnBs are generally secure, ensuring your safety is never a bad idea. 

Here's how to make sure your hotel room or BnB is safe: 

1. Check that smoke and other alarms are working.

check that smoke and other alarms are working

Smoke alarms save lives, and they're just as important in holiday rentals as they are in homes. Unfortunately, because hosts aren't probably at their rental property as often as they are at home, alarms can sometimes go flat between visits. While hotels do their best to keep everything working, they're large, and things might get missed.

For these reasons, you must check that the smoke and other alarms (such as carbon monoxide alarms) work properly upon arrival.

2. Look for hidden cameras upon arrival. 

look for hidden cameras upon arrival

Most hotels have cameras in public areas. It's also common for BnBs to have cameras to help owners keep an eye on things. However, it's not legal for hidden cameras and other recording devices to be in private areas. These include the bedroom and bathroom. 

It's uncommon but possible, so you should check for cameras upon arrival. Common hiding places in hotels and rentals include lamps, alarm clocks, radios, and vents. But cameras can be stashed almost anywhere these days due to their small size. However, a physical search is limited, so it's better to use a tool like the Hero Privacy Pen.  

3. Bring a portable motion alarm. 

Thieves often target hotel rooms and BnBs, posing a risk to you and your belongings. Thankfully, tools like the Hero Privacy Pen can be used as a motion alarm. 

It scares a person from coming in but also gives you time to get up. Once you set the alarm, movement triggers the sensor. As a result, it makes a very loud noise. 

4. Know the emergency exit plan.

know the emergency exit plan

Many rooms list hotel security procedures along with a fire exit plan. However, don't assume the exits will be clear and easily identifiable. 

So, find the nearest exit once you settle. Also, take a picture of the fire escape plan and hotel safety checklist for reference.

5. Research the neighborhood. 

research the neighborhood

You should also research the neighborhood thoroughly. Research the crime rate, whether there have been any recent break-ins or other issues in the property, and the like. You can also ask your host or the receptionist questions about the neighborhood and read reviews. 


Remember to check the safety measures of your accommodation, be it a hotel or Airbnb. Make sure that the alarms are working, there are no hidden cameras, and you're familiar with the emergency exits. Portable alarms and understanding the local area also help. 

By taking these steps, you can enjoy your trip without being stressed by potential danger. Happy travels!