Storing your valuables somewhere safe and out of sight is the first thing any traveller should do when checking in to a hotel.

But if you're anything like us there's such a thing as too good of a hiding place. Many an uncomfortable minute has ticked over on an idling taxi meter while travellers ransack their freshly checked-out hotel room, looking for passports.

Worse still is the situation of leaving a passport or valuables behind having placed them out of sight, and out of mind.

The hotel safe can seem like a no-brainer when it comes to storing valuables. However, in the regular rush to leave a hotel they are easily overlooked, and the things you have stored left behind.

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By the time you notice your mistake you'll be kicking yourself.

However, one travel hack being adopted by frequent travellers is designed to stop you booting up and heading out in such a hurry.

One BA attendant Ty Opoku Adjei shared her top tip to help travellers keep on top of their passports.

She told Business Insider that with little time between flights and hotel transfers, as an air hostess she has worked out an ingenious plan to never leave half-shod again.

Aw shucks . . . by the time you notice your mistake you'll be kicking yourself. Photo / unsplash, Bambi Corro
Aw shucks . . . by the time you notice your mistake you'll be kicking yourself. Photo / unsplash, Bambi Corro

"My top tip is to keep one of your shoes you plan to wear on your journey home in the safe," she told Business Insider.

"If you do this, you'll never leave the hotel room without checking the safe ever again...as long as you don't forget where you put your shoe, of course!"

An ingenious solution, that'll make sure you never leave without your belongings or being laced up and ready to face the world.

The 'shoe hack' has been doing the rounds for a while and is not without its critics.

"Ew, now I have to worry about catching athletes foot from my valuables," was one complaint when it was shared with blogger Johnny Jet.

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However most travellers have praised the hostess's tips and feet of ingenuity.

Another reader said the idea could be extended to other hiding places, you have two feet after all. He said if he knew to keep a loafer in the room minibar he "would have not left a wonderful bag of cheeses" on holiday.

One worries if the 'shoe hack' catches on, it won't be just the mini-bar that ends up smelling of cheese.