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-Reconfirm your future flights - the local office may be able to assist. -Exchange a small amount of US dollars for local currency at the airport for taxi, tips, etc. You will usually get a better exchange rate at a bank. -Know who will meet you and ask them to be inconspicuous. -Register with consulate if staying several days. -Know your route from airport to lodging. -Request room above ground floor but not too high. -Check for exits and emergency instructions. -Plan your escape in case of fire. -Be sure your phone works -- call the desk. -Check the door locks - use doorstop if necessary. -Don't leave your key at the desk. -Always put valuables in the security boxes.