Flight attendant shares 'worst' places to hide money in hotel rooms - and what to use instead

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Travel gurus from Hotels and Discounts have highlighted that many holidaymakers mistakenly believe stashing cash and jewels in hotel drawers is secure, but it's actually one of the first places thieves check.

They advise choosing unexpected hiding spots, such as "the handle of a hairbrush," for better security.

Skyscanner, the travel search engine, recommends concealing valuables in "empty bottles", "empty suntan lotion containers" or "empty lip balm" to outsmart potential thieves.

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Their advice is clear: "To avoid the worst-case scenario of being robbed, it's best to be inconspicuous. Don't flash cash or expensive jewellery."

They also suggest: "If you're worried about valuable stuff in your hotel room, hide it in an empty suntan lotion container."

Additionally, they mention: "You could also use empty lip balm containers to hide rolled-up notes. You could also consider getting travel insurance.

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Travel platform Skyscanner suggested hiding valuables in 'empty bottles' -Credit:Getty Images

Flight attendant Miguel Munoz echoes this sentiment, advocating for the use of everyday items found in hotel rooms as clever stash spots for valuables, like "an empty bag of crisps or tin foil". He often employs common objects to conceal money and other important items, reports the Express.

For those travelling with little ones, Miguel proposes a crafty trick: using nappies to disguise valuables, making them appear as used diapers. Nonetheless, the team at Where's Sharon? cautions against employing these tactics when housekeeping is due, noting: "I suggest not doing this when your room is about to be cleaned. This could also work well when walking around."

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An 'empty bag of crisps' could be a good spot to hide money -Credit:Getty Images

Holidaymakers are advised to utilise hidden pockets in their clothing or stash cash in the room's bible, typically found in a bedside drawer. Experts warn that wardrobes, under the bed and fridges, are among "some of the worst places to store things".

Storing valuables in suitcases, under mattresses or in laundry baskets is also discouraged. Travel experts further caution travellers to "forget about the in-room safe", as it's likely to be targeted by thieves or even taken entirely.