This influencer and traveler is taking some extra precautions to stay safe in a hotel room while solo traveling.
It never hurts to be extra careful while traveling solo. The TikTok sphere is full of travel content creators who dish out innovative safety hacks every now and then. Victoria Kokhan (@victorias.way) is one of those female travel content creators who is giving out some of the best advice to ensure the safety of solo female travelers. However, her extensive safety tip video has the internet divided over whether or not she is being unreasonably paranoid.
In Kokhan's viral video, she can be seen modifying the locks in her hotel room by taking some additional security measures and it has left the internet wondering if it's too much. Even though most of the hotels have a front desk clerk available at all hours and every room requires a security card to access their way inside, most people feel secure in their hotel rooms, unlike Kokhan. To make sure no one breaks into her room while she has her guard down, Kokhan first puts up the "Do Not Disturb" sign outside her hotel room's door.
Then she locks up the door and plugs in the peephole with some wet tissues to make sure no one is looking through sneakily. Next up, she brings in a bathroom washcloth to fasten any gaps in the door's deadbolt. Kokhan pulls in the complimentary ironing board in the hotel room to further secure the entryway from unwelcome intruders. As if that wasn't enough, Kokhan also grabbed a medium-sized towel to tie behind the door handle and then placed a coat hanger against the deadbolt to make her hotel room extra safe.
A bunch of people appreciated her 7-step elaborate hotel room securing hack but the rest of the social media users were thoroughly confused and wondered if all this work was actually necessary to keep oneself safe in a hotel. Quite a lot of people claimed that Kokhan was just being "paranoid" whereas others recommended that Kokhan shouldn't leave her house if she was so afraid of the world outside her comfort zone.
@almostasifimhuman wondered, "Where the hell are you staying for all of this to be necessary?" @corington commented, "I realize this is smart for protection, but at the same time would be a nightmare to get out if there was a fire." @goosefraud added, "Maybe this is just me but I’ve never had to do this much in a hotel room. Just stay in big hotels where you’re less noticeable and keep to yourself." However, Kokhan isn’t the first woman to cause controversy online after sharing her hotel safety tips.
A flight attendant had previously shared an eye-opening hotel safety routine on TikTok as well. Allyah McIntyre, a flight attendant who goes by @flightattendantbaelee on TikTok, can be seen looking through cupboards in the clip. She also checks the bed and then uses a hanger to check behind curtains. She also puts an extra portable door lock to ensure that the front door is secure. In the end, she uses a door stop for extra security that has an alarm that goes on if anyone comes into the room.
"I don’t care how many hotels I go to, I will never stop doing my hotel security search,” she says in the video, "I check everything and you already know that. A senior [flight attendant] told me that when I check behind the curtains, to use a hanger, because if they grab something, it’ll be the hanger and not you. Golden advice.” Hopefully, McIntyre and Kokhan's videos have helped solo female travelers to be vigilant no matter where they stay.