Which Portable Door Lock / Alarm is Best for Your Travel Needs?
A portable door lock or a door stopper with an alarm can offer peace of mind for you and your family whether on vacation, for an overnight stay, or at home. Do you have a student in a dorm? Are you staying in a vacation rental or cabin? Chances are that many of these locations just reuse the keys and there is no telling who has a copy.
Portable door locks are essential upgrades for your security at home, while traveling, or anywhere you feel the need for additional personal security. Great for the traveler, renter, or homeowner, who wants to guard against unwanted entry. These secondary security door locks are perfect as they protect and don’t damage the door or the door frame.
A portable travel door lock can only be applied to your door if you are in the room, it cannot be applied to your door if you are out of the room. If you’re waiting for someone else to return to the room they will not be able to get in if you’ve applied one of these secondary door locks to the door.
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Designed to fit a wide range of inward opening doors, this portable door lock uses the principle of counterforce to help prevent the door from opening as force is being applied to the door from the other side. Attach it to your door and no one can enter, even with a key! (Stops entry even with a master key) Easy to use you just slip this under the door to install and give it a few twists to keep it in place. Removes easily and quickly by pulling up on it. The door jammer is designed to work on various types of flooring – carpet, tile, wood, laminate, or concrete. Carry it onboard your flight – TSA Friendly. Read more about the Door Jammer.
Made from heavy-gauge steel. The Portable Door Lock is effective on both lever and knob style doors. It works only on doors that swing inward toward the living space. This portable lock can be used on almost all internal doors that open towards the area to be secured. It makes the lock inaccessible from outside the room, even if someone has a key to the room. This secondary door lock works by hooking the claw on the stainless piece into the strike plate on the door frame, next you close the door, and finally, you slide the red piece tight against the door. Read more about the portable door lock.
This Door Alarm is easy to use and fits most hotel doors and windows. Simply hang the door alarm on the inside handle of your hotel door. It works on lever and knob style doors. If the opening of the alarmed door is attempted the contacts wedged between the door and door frame dislodge and emits a piercing 120-decibel alarm. It doesn’t stop the door from being opened but alerts you and the intruder of the breach. The benefit of this design is it can work on doors that do not easily accommodate other styles of secondary door locks. Click here to read more.
This product does two things. Firsts it stops the door from being opened (other than just a small amount) and second it emits an alarm alerting the intruder and you of the attempted entry. Great for home, think back doors, doors from the garage to the house, the front door, plus of course, travel. Have peace of mind in your vacation rental, or hotel. This item requires a battery to emit the alarm, it will however still work as a door stopper if the battery is not installed or if the alarm is turned off. Read more about this clever device.
Works with deadbolt locks. The lock locker stops the deadbolt from opening even if a key is used. Stops copied keys, lock bumping, and lock picks. Keeps you safe at home at hotels vacations rentals, cabins, and more. The Lock Locker is specifically designed to lock and keep locked the common deadbolt. While criminals have many ways to enter a person’s home it is a fact that they most often attempt to enter through doors first. Keeping points of entry secured should be the top priority. The Lock Locker specifically is designed to keep your doors locked while you are in the home. Click here to read more.
This item is designed more for homes than for packing and traveling with, although it can telescope down to 24 inches so it can fit in some larger bags. It installs easily under the doorknob to prevent it from being opened even with a key. This item uses the same principle as a chair placed under a doorknob for security. Learn more
What Makes a Good Portable Door Lock?
A portable door lock should be small and lightweight so it fits in your carry-on luggage so you always are inspired to pack it. One personal trick I use to make sure I always travel with it is to keep my travel door lock with my toiletry bag, as I always pack that.
The device should also be easy to install. If it is easy to use it becomes a habit to install it every time you close and lock the door, and that’s what you want for you or your loved ones for peace of mind.
Another feature the portable lock you select to travel with is its strength and effectiveness. And that might change as you apply your door lock to different doors. One design of a portable door lock may be more or less effective depending on the door and/or door frame.
This selection of portable door locks will work in various scenarios some better given the configuration of the door. If you’re serious about security you may need to select two of theses devices so you’re prepared for the different styles of door you will encounter
Please Note: Using any door stop, door deadbolt, chain, or similar device could delay emergency personnel from entering the room in case of emergency. Consider all scenarios prior to engaging these types of devices. The purchaser assumes any and all risks and takes full responsibility and waives any claims of personal injury, death, or damage to personal property.