Hotel Savvy -- She Stays Safe
Pals, Catherine Comer and
Lavon Swaim are experienced travellers and the authors of "The
Traveling Woman, Great Tips For Safe and Healthy Trips." We asked
these women to compile, along with Journeywoman, a " Female-friendly
Top Twenty Tip List" for staying safe in hotels.
No matter how worldly-wise
we may be, no matter how many hotel experiences we've all had
for business or pleasure, it never hurts to revisit these bits
of safety advice. And, if you're travelling with your young daughter,
a kid sister, a granddaughter or a niece, it's a great idea to
print this list and review it together with them as you travel.
It's never too soon to become an informed Journeywoman!
- When travelling, always
stay aware of your surroundings; your mind should be on what
you're doing, not on what you'll say to Aunt Martha when you
get off the plane.
- Keep your hands free;
women are more vulnerable when their hands are bound up in straps
of purses or bags.
- Be verbal; talk loudly
if you feel threatened, as this will control your breathing
and release energy to help you gain control of the situation.
- If you are followed in
a parking lot, bang on cars to set off alarms.
your hotel your home...
hotels are filled to the brim with amenities designed to make life
on the road as simple and enjoyable as possible. Add a few Journeywoman
items from home and you'll never want to leave.
a clothespin to close stubborn hotel drapes completely. You'll be
grateful in the morning when sunlight can wake you up very, very
early and make you very, very cranky.
packets of crackers or cookies don't take up much space in your
suitcase but they come in so handy when you wake up in the middle
of the night and you are starving (Ritz cracker and peanut butter
are Journeywoman's absolute favorite). Ditto for dried fruit and
aromatherapy candles (available at the Body Shop) fill the air with
wonderfully relaxing scents. Great to light in the bathroom when
you are indulging in a long, luxurious soak.
hotels offer a coffee or tea maker in your room but not many include
low calorie hot chocolate mix. Take along several packages and you
become queen of your portable travel snackbar.
a mini telephone directory for your hotel room. Carry one sheet
of paper that lists all of your important phone information -- contacts
for family and friends, physician and dentist, personal calling
card info and numbers to call to report insurance claims and lost
or stolen credit cards. If you create these listings on your computer
you can add or delete easily and all you need to do is print your
file prior to travelling.
a cold coming on? Keep lots of chewable Vitamin C on hand. Many
women swear by it and when taken in prescribed doses, for short
periods of time, it's reported to be quite harmless. No chicken
soup available? For some women, Ancient Healing Formula in tea bag
form (Yogi Tea Co.) is the anti-sniffles remedy of choice. Even
when it's hard to find a pharmacy, it's easy to locate hot water.
tiny (1 oz.) bottle of lavender oil is lovely for relaxation. Add
several drops to an evening bath and travel stress will simply melt
away. Put some on your pillowcase and you'll sleep like a baby.
carry a tiny picture frame filled with someone you love a lot. Keep
that photo on your night table to inspire you to get out and make
the most of each and every travel day.
(Source: Journeywoman files)
Traveling Woman, Great Tips For Safe and Healthy Trips
Comer and Lavon Swaim
This book focuses on the special health and safety needs of women
travellers. It offers tips on everything from using public transportation
and credit cards to preventing jet lag and handling sexual harassment.
Bonus: Look for the book's review section of 55 key websites relevant
to women travellers. Journeywoman says "thank you" for being included!