When you think about losing something, you normally imagine a singular item; 📱 phone on the bus, 🔑 keys that have fallen out of your pocket or 💧 water bottle on the train. But, have you ever considered the cost of your entire bag becoming lost property?
It doesn’t happen often, but losing your bag can be panic-inducing and if you don’t get it back, costly! Like that sinking moment when you realise you don’t have your backpack and the bus is pulling out onto the road! 😬
We decided to ask some people what they had in their bag when they left home on an average day so we could add up the cost of replacing it all. I joined in too and the total of my backpack was, well, shocking!
Dylan, Student - with two unis in the city we had to include a Bristol student
Bag - £70 | Wallet - £30 | Keys (halls of residence, home, bike lock) - £60 | Uni books - £80 | Water bottle - £10 | Phone charger - £10 | Airpods - £90 | Hat - £10 | Glasses - £170
Total - £520
Sarah, Part-time fitness instructor & full-time parent of 3
Nappies - £2 | Wipes - £1 | Milk - £2 | Bottle - £8 | Nappy bags - 50p | Spare clothes for baby - £8 | Bibs - £3 | Nappy cream - £6 | Dummy - £6 | Muslin cloths - £4 | Water bottle - £20 | Purse - £35 | Lipbalm - £8 | Phone - £600 | Nappy bag - £90 | Keys (housex2 and car) - £235
Total - £1028.50
Me - Marketing Manager at Found!
Backpack - £70 | Purse - £28 | Phone - £300 | Keys (house, back door, car, office) - £125 | Laptop - £1300 (this would only be on a workday, but I often carry an iPad the rest of the time so still a big money item in there) | Waterproof jacket - £85 | Makeup - £53 | Jumper £15
Total - £1,976 - yikes
These totals obviously don't include the irreplaceable, sentimental items; like keyrings from holidays, much loved cuddly toys and memorable photos on phones. Those things are just gone and can be the most distressing to lose.
🔒 So what can you do to add an extra layer of protection if you do misplace your bag?
👀 Before you even leave the house, check what you have.
Are you carrying a lot of unnecessary items? I am going to take the back door key off my housekeys and stop taking my iPad when I'm not going to even use it.
🧘♀️ First off, don’t panic
These things happen, even to the most organised of people. It’s inconvenient, but you can get through it.
💳 Cancel your cards
Even if you think you know where your bag is, it’s better to do this. With some challenger banks like Monzo or Revolut, you have the option to freeze your cards, so they cannot be used while you are looking for them. If you do find them, just unfreeze. This is a great feature, so don’t forget about it!
📸 Auto-upload your photos to the cloud
Consider using something like Google Photos or iCloud to auto-upload your photos. That way you can't lose them, even when you have lost your smartphone..
💜 Download Found
These gut-wrenching moments are what we're all about fixing at Found HQ. If you lose any valuable belongings you can register them via our app in just a few clicks. Once we know about it, we'll search our ever-expanding community of partners and members (like you) to find your lost property. As soon as we do, we'll put you in touch with the finder to arrange collection or delivery back to you. And you get a lifetime membership to the community that protects. Neat huh?
If you lose your phone that's not a problem. You can borrow a friend’s phone to create a Found account or report it here.