Viral travel tip involves locking a shoe in a hotel

Viral travel tip involves locking a shoe in a hotel safe


February 25, 2023 | 3:38 p.m


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Putting a shoe in a hotel safe could serve as a helpful reminder to remove your valuables before checking out.

Several travel content creators have shared the tip on various social media platforms over the last year and the videos have been viewed millions of times.

Hope Smith, esthetician and CEO of skincare company MUTHA, is one of TikTok’s latest shoe-in-safe picks.

The Palm Beach, Florida-based beauty entrepreneur shared her travel life hack with her followers on Saturday, February 11.

“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 back to Italy to unlock the safe because I forgot everything in it,” Smith said said in her 28-second video.

“Put your shoe in the safe right behind your jewelry so you never leave your valuables behind when it’s time to pack up and leave your hotel because you’ll always be looking for that second shoe,” she continued.

Content creators are urging people to put a shoe in a hotel safe along with their valuables so they don’t forget them. Getty Images/iStockphoto

Fox News Digital reached out to Smith for comment.

Several other content creators have expressed similar views about the shoe-in-safe reminder.

Social media users were divided on the proposal, with some writing that they found it helpful while others disagreed.

“By the way, why is this so awesome,” wrote one TikTok commenter.

Other followers and creators responded that they check every drawer, storage bin, closet, and bed before they leave. Getty Images

“I would end up leaving the valuables + my shoe,” admitted another TikTok user.

“I’d have to attach something more obvious like my keys or Airpods,” pointed out one TikTok user.

Other commenters on TikTok have made alternative suggestions to ensure valuables aren’t left in a hotel safe, including leaving sticky notes in the room and setting reminders on mobile devices.

Some travelers have written that they advise checking all drawers, storage bins, closets and beds in the hotel room before leaving.

The originator of the shoe-in-safe reminder is currently unknown.

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