11 tips for Safer Airbnb, Hotels Stays and Holiday Rentals

Let’s talk safety for Airbnb, hotels, and general holiday rentals. You can certainly make an effort to select units that list safety features but that can be difficult. Here’s how to look over your rental and to understand the safety, risks, and strengths of your unit. Waiting to make an escape plan until it’s night time and your rental is full of smoke is a very bad idea and may prevent you from safely exiting.

Are there Good Travel Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors?

While I provide some options of detectors to take on your travels, I need to make it clear how important it is to understand the proper use of detectors.

More information is needed than the following but it’s at least something. Smoke detectors need to be mounted or placed high as smoke rises, while carbon monoxide detectors need to be place low as it sinks.

Placement location is therefor important. A combined unit is better than nothing but not ideal as it cannot be situated high and low in a room at the same time.

While one detector may ideally not be enough, it is likely better than nothing and okay in a small rental.

Travel Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke detector: https://amzn.to/38fypSA

Compact carbon monoxide detector: https://amzn.to/38jPieO

Smoke and carbon monoxide detector: https://amzn.to/2PJ57Fk

For units that have a removable battery, it’s probably best to do to remove it as you do not want it sounding while in your suitcase. A compact emergency kit and first aid kit can also be brought from home. Just make sure you check any airplane-carry-on-banned items in your checked-in luggage.

What are your top tips for safer vacation travel?

Are there some good habits you can share for safer vacations stays? Things you bring with you? Things you look for beforehand and once you get there?

Let’s look at some related Better Preparedness material

Let me help you understand your smoke detector.
Your home is not as complicated as it may feel. Let’s look at the individual systems so you can manage them better.
While transporting a full-size earthquake kit is perhaps overkill for most travel, a small and smartly packed emergency kit could pay off should a disaster occur. When travelling, we are in an even more unfamiliar location than when at home and you need to be able to care for yourself initially.


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