Hobo Traveler: Safety

Andy’s Travel Tip

Andy Graham Hobo Traveler
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The worst thing about traveling is worrying about getting robbed. I am always a little worried. I am carrying a portable computer, and a digital camera. OK, so how do I get this MONKEY off my back? I put my own padlock on the door. The one I purchased. I love when a room has a padlock on the door and not just a key that you put in a lock. I have talked about this in the past. But I have expanded the idea. Lots of rooms have a padlock that the hotel supplies. I take off their padlock and replace it with mine. This gives me lots of peace of mind because I do not have to worry about the cleaning people, or the owner entering to shut off my light.

The next problem is the hotels I want to live in, do not always have this system.

I had a brainstorm. I can buy the eyelets, and put a padlock on the doors myself. I thought the owners would not like this, and I am sure some will not. But guess what. The last 3 hotels said, “Fine, go ahead and do it, we do not care.”

Wow!!! What a relief. Now, I just carry the padlock, some eyelet screws, which I install on the room door. OK, so I know you’re not a carpenter, Here are 4 LARGE pictures to show you what I did.

YOU DO NOT NEED SPECIAL TOOLS!!!. Just push hard with the screw and it will start. Take a knife, place in the hole of the screw, and screw it into the wood. Study the pictures and I believe you will get the idea. I installed 4 in the pictures, and used a longer lock, to make it easier. This is a bicycle lock.

As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am giving guidance, and there are always other opinions. Please send me your constructive, and helpful opinions.

Thanks,
Andy

Lock 1
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