I have not traveled for a coons age. I also no longer travel out of state or fly. I do like the ideas shared thus far. I would suggest to do some recon on the hotel that you are staying at. Walk around and know where the entrances and exits are, and determine if there are any sort of areas to avoid (like a back stairwell). I carry all of the time. I also bring along my AR15 pistol any time that I go anywhere outside of my local area.
never stay on the first floor
never stay above the 4th floor
best low tech legal self defense weapon, carry a fake lemon/lime filled with ammonia
if you get a call from the "front desk" asking you to open door/window, break glass, evac room, etc.. hang up and call the front desk yourself
use ALL the door locks
There is a video on youtube by Clint Everson who wrote the book 100 deadly skills. He gives four tips for security in hotels for traveling abroad. Pretty good ideas.
Have your clothes for the next day laid out and ready to put on. That can save valuable time in case of an emergency. I also put something against the door that will fall over and make some noise if anyone opens the door to your room.
For clarity, I'd suggest that if you want to use a descriptive and cute saying to mean a "relatively long time" as in 20 years or so, you should say for example; "I haven't traveled in a CAPTIVE or PET coon's age :vs_closedeyes:
Also, using the term "coon" has been known to "trigger" certain dim-o-craps...:vs_whistle: