Checking out of a hotel can be stressful and frantic, especially if you’ve left it to the last minute, you’re hungover or you’re simply trying to hustle all the kids.
More often than not, it’s not until you get home that you realise you’ve forgotten something, whether it be a phone charger or a valuable item that you’ve left in the hotel safe.
However, while it may sound strange, keeping a single thong – or any kind of shoe for that matter – in a hotel safe can save you from a lot of stress and headache.
According to Cover-More, it’s one of the “clever hacks” Aussies do to remind themselves to check the safe before leaving the hotel.
It comes after the Australian travel insurance provider surveyed more than 13,200 people to discover whether they were organised or improvised travellers.
“When it comes to packing at the end of a holiday, the contents of a room safe really can be a case of out of sight, out of mind,” Cover-More Australia managing director Todd Nelson told news.com.au.
“In the hustle and bustle of corralling kids, sorting out transport to the airport or squeezing souvenirs into your suitcase, it can be easy to leave valuables behind.
“By placing one of your shoes in the safe when you arrive, you safeguard against this by building in a pre-prepared prompt of ‘Hang on, where’s my other sneaker?’ since it’s fairly standard practice to pack your shoes in pairs.”
TikTok has also become awash with the clever but strange hack, with a flight attendant revealing it’s how she remembers to check the safe.
“Worried about forgetting something from your locker? Put your heel/shoe in it and you won’t forget it!” flight attendant Esther Sturrus said in a TikTok.
Hope Smith, former model and founder of luxury skincare brand MUTHA, also shared a now-viral clip of why she does the same thing.
“If you’re wondering why I always lock a shoe in the safe now, you can ask Lauren my assistant who once had to fly all the way to Italy to unlock the safe because of what I had left inside,” Ms Smith said in the clip.
She then showed what looked like an expensive necklace.
“Put your shoe in the safe right behind your jewellery, so that when it’s time to pack and leave your hotel you never leave your valuables behind because you’ll always be looking for that second shoe,” she advised.
Hope’s clip has been viewed half a million times attracting hundreds of comments from followers branding it “genius”.
“This is great!” one person wrote.
“I’d have to put my medications supplements and contact lenses in there – that’s what I always triple check for,” another wrote, while a third added: “I do this but I leave my heel in the refrigerator so I don’t forget my food (flight attendant) and I leave my keys in the fridge at home.”
Meanwhile, as part of the Cover-More survey, Mr Nelson said respondents were asked to share their best travel hacks with results revealing they fell firmly into two camps – organised and not so organised.
“The tips ranged across the organisational spectrum, from planning everything to planning almost nothing, and from taking a half empty suitcase to packing for all types of weather,” he added.
“Then there was the dinky-di traveller whose key suggestion was: “Always pack some Vegemite.’”