Organize for Safety's Sake!

Every day I ride the NYC subway system, I see people's bags that are easy targets for theft. Here are my NYC, bag organizing tips that will help your personal safety.

  1. Be ready. Plan and organize your day, outfit, bag, etc for whatever you're doing the day before. Before you get on your way, look at where you're going, how to get there, check for any detours, and carry any information you need.

  2. Carry only one bag. What is it with the 3 bags?! I see people with 3 or more bags daily. Purchase a bag in the right size with different compartments, inside and out, that will make it easier for you to retrieve what you need, and secure the rest. Place smaller bags inside bigger ones; with the right size bag, you can forgo a store's bag and place an item in your bag. If you must carry 2 bags, make sure the one with your keys, wallet and other important is the one you carry closest to your body.

  3. Purchase a good quality zip top bag. I love totes too, but if you're not a person who is aware of your surroundings, or not as vigilant, please get one with a zip top close.

  4. Clean out your bag. I recommend cleaning AND cleaning out your bag 2-3 times a week. And whenever you switch bags, remove everything from the first bag to ensure you have everything you need in the 2nd bag you're going to use. Otherwise, you'll be saying "Oh, I left it in the other bag!" Just carry what you need, plus a collapsible, reusable bag just in case.

  5. Organize your bag/purse. Organize the inside of your bag in a way that will allow you to retrieve items with minimal rummaging. I like bags that have outside pockets so I can place items I need to retrieve easily or often: like keys, metro card, wallet, and now masks. This also allows me not to open my bag in front of anyone. Place the outside pocket side of the bag against your body so it would be more difficult for a thief. Inside your bag, place things in order from front to back, from important to miscellaneous. This order is especially important for anyone carrying an open tote bag. This way if someone stick their hand in to steal, they will end up with something that is replaceable, like an umbrella, water bottle, empty lunch box/bag, etc.

I hope these tips help you get more organized for the sake of your safety.


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