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If there’s one thing that clear bags have taught us, it’s that everything changes. Just a few years ago no one had even thought of clear bags as fashion statements, as security necessities, or as practical organisational tools. No one could have predicted the clear bag revolution we’ve witnessed. And yet here we are – in a world where the clear bag is quickly becoming a staple of everyday lives all across the globe.
The Clear Bag Emergency
Our customer is a mother of three who has a busy life – not only raising three energetic kids, but running her own home-based business and keeping up a healthy social life. And she loves our clear bag offerings, so we’re obviously destined to be best friends.
Anyway, our customer sent us a note with a rare tone of sadness in it, relating how she’d found herself out one rainy night, taking the kids to three separate activities (football, dance class, a schoolmate’s house for a sleepover) when she noticed that her daughter’s clear bag used to haul her dance shoes and other equipment had seen better days. So, while sitting in the parking lot, she’d tried to go to our site on her phone and quickly order a replacement before she forgot.
But, and here’s where the sadness comes in, she couldn’t, because the site didn’t work well on her phone. She tried for ten frustrating minutes, then gave up. And then forgot about it … until the next dance class, when the same thing happened.
Time to Act
We’re nothing if not responsive to our customers. When we heard this tragic tale we knew something had to be done – and so we apologised and got to work making our website better. And we’re proud to say we think we’ve succeeded. Check out the new-look Clear Bag Store!
We’ve got a clean, new modern look that makes finding the perfect clear bag for your needs a snap. We’re mobile-friendly, with a responsive site that’s engineered to look good and be easy to navigate no matter what screen you’re viewing us on. We’ve got lots and lots of big, clear photos so you can see what you’re shopping for.
Most important, though, is what hasn’t changed. Behind all the glitz and glamour of this new design is the same dedicated staff of folks who have helped build The Clear Bag Store into one of the leading clear bag websites in the world. We still have our philosophy of “the customer always comes first,” and we still have our eye for design and our insistence on top-quality materials and manufacturing.
We’re still the same company – we’re just a lot prettier and a lot easier to shop with! Come and check out the new site. Do it now – we’ll look great on your phone or tablet, we promise.
If you travel as much as I do, then you know the frustration of standing in line at the baggage screening point whilst the person at the front of the line has to carefully unpack their entirely too large carry-on bag to find the rogue nail clippers that set off security. And if you travel as much as I do, you likely know the embarrassment that comes when it occasionally turns out to be you.
My most recent such encounter had me speculating on the advantages clear baggage provides when travelling. Sure, clear bags are clearly advantageous when trying to work out what seemingly innocuous device in your bag has set the airport claxons blaring, but there are other advantages as well.
For instance, every time I leave the house before a long work trip my mind is racing. Did I pack everything, where are my keys, does my bag always feel this light? Most of the time this is just pre-travel jitters, but occasionally I have actually forgotten something important; like my medication or laptop charger. Of course I only remember what it is I’ve forgotten when I try to find said object (I was sure I packed my toothbrush) or once it’s too late to do anything about it.
Clear bags help to overcome not only that unpleasant nagging that you’ve forgotten something, but also the opportunity to easily identify when you have forgotten something. When packing for a trip I find that my carry-on baggage always takes longer to pack than my checked baggage even though it is smaller. Whilst a lot goes into our checked baggage, there are very few size restrictions and most of it is simply made up of clothing. Whilst forgetting to pack your favourite shirt is annoying, forgetting to pack your travel documents has a much bigger impact on your trip.
Clear travel bags help to overcome this by giving you an easy way to quickly confirm the contents of your carry-on baggage. All of your important travel paraphernalia is visible when using clear travel bags. It’s as easy as giving the contents a quick once over before you walk out the door. Not only does this assuage that nagging thought that you have forgotten something; it virtually guarantees that you haven’t actually forgotten anything.
An additional benefit of using clear travel bags for your checked baggage is the satisfaction of knowing that you are very unlikely to be the person holding up the queue at the baggage screening point. Even if you do get asked by security to pull out a suspicious looking object, it will be a matter of seconds to find it and present it for inspection.
It seems obvious to me that anything which reduces the stress and hassle of travel is a worthwhile investment. Clear travel bags are a great first step towards making your next trip, trouble free.
We all know that clear backpacks are great for the security at our kids’ schools, great for keeping organised and making sure every child gets the right bag on those crazy, hectic mornings before school, and that they’re hip and cool right now so your kids get the extra treat of being in style when they go to school. All of these things have already made clear backpacks required school gear even in school districts that don’t literally require clear backpacks. After all, can it get any cooler than this? We don’t think so.
But there are even more ways you can make your kid’s clear backpack work overtime to keep them safe. With a little creativity, in fact, there’s almost no limit to the ideas you can come up with. Here’s a few to get you started.
Did you know that cheap, pre-paid cell phones sold at many stores are known as “burners” in street slang (and on cop shows on TV)? A “burner” can be tucked in one of the clear pockets of your child’s backpack and forgotten about. It’s a cheap phone that’s not connected to any plan or credit cards, so even if it’s lost or stolen it won’t matter much financially – but if your child gets lost or finds themselves in a scrape and their regular phone has gone dead or been dropped or stolen, the “burner” could be a life-saver – and the clear pocket means it will be easy for them to locate it in an emergency.
My Name Is
For young children, the idea that they might get lost or become separated from a class during an excursion or even from you at a busy shopping centre or similar place is terrifying. Try this for some peace of mind: Print on one side of a sheet of paper IF FOUND OPEN ME and on the other the child’s name, address, and your phone number. Now, if a stranger stumbles on your child lost somewhere, they’ll be able to get in touch with you immediately and give their location – and you’ll sleep better.
You’ve raised your children to be smarter than to find themselves in bad areas of town, but you never know. Stick a few small bills in a visible pocket of the clear backpack and tell your kids not to touch it. If they’re ever noticed by unsavoury types, the obvious money – the decoy money – will attract their attention and most likely your kids and their actual lunch money or valuables will be overlooked. Most criminals are looking for an easy, fast score – give them low-hanging fruit and keep your kids safer. Plus it’s emergency ice cream money when you forget to bring cash!
Keeping your kids safe is always priority one. Clear bags offer plenty of opportunities to improve the safety and security of your children – all it takes is a little brainstorming – and a clear backpack, of course.
Suicide, depression, and other mental and physical health issues are on everyone’s mind these days. And while most people think of older folks when they think in terms of depression, drug abuse, and suicide, the fact is the most vulnerable section of our population will always be children, especially teenagers. It’s estimated that 5% of teens worldwide suffer from depression, and every year more than 10,000 teenagers around the world take their own lives. Many of these children were also involved in drug use, usually at least initially as a way of self-medicating.
For a parent, those are scary numbers. When we observe our children beginning to change – to lose the bright, upbeat personality of their younger years that we adored so and become moody, withdrawn, and secretive – it’s easy to rationalise as the normal course of teenage rebellion and mood swings. But after any incident where a child threatens their own lives or exhibits reckless behaviour with alcohol or drugs, many parents are at a loss as to how to correct the situation. While the issue is complicated, one small part of any approach is to incorporate a clear bag system.
Clear Bags for Inspection
Put simply, a depressed person is often hostile and combative towards any attempts to help them. Whether or not a teen is literally an addict, their use of substances has likely become a part of their daily routine by the time it is discovered, and they will resist and seek to circumvent any attempts to keep them away from such things. A policy that requires teens to use a clear backpack like this one and other clear bags allows the parent to quickly and unobtrusively inspect all bags as they are brought into and out of the home, and make it that much more difficult for a troubled teenager to smuggle anything into the house.
The Psychology of the Clear Bag
The other aspect of this approach is the psychological aspect: Depression makes people feel isolated, and this is even more pronounced in teenagers. Isolation often gives a false sense of security in a strange way: The privacy of the feeling insulates us from outside forces and takes on a feeling of normalcy.
A clear bag policy in the home shakes this up: Without being able to keep things secret, the sense of isolation is disturbed and that sense of security is lost. While this can be traumatic to the troubled teenager, it’s also a healthy step as they realise that not only are the parents paying attention, they want to pay attention, because they love their children.
A clear bag won’t solve anyone’s problems or cure depression. But it can be a small but effective part of an overall approach to helping a troubled teenager get through a difficult time. By making it more difficult to keep secrets and transport items, it can give a kid time to breathe, and time for other remedies to work.
If you’re a parent, then you know one simple rule that changes everything: kids like to have fun. Any new rule or policy that your kids initially object to can be changed by injecting a bit of fun into the proceedings, and turning everything into a game or art project. And the more you can focus their insane energy levels and creative instincts on controlled experiments instead of, say, your walls, carpets, or poor suffering pets, the better.
So when you’re faced with buying new gear for the school year and you’re required to go with a clear backpack because of new security requirements or simply because it’s the ‘in’ thing among their friends, you know that you’ll need to take steps to make sure these bags are super organised (so people don’t question your parenting skills) and don’t get mixed up between siblings, causing fights and other problems. Here are a few tips and tricks you can use to make your clear bag experience go smoothly.
Decorate and Personalise
Every kid loves to express their artistic side, and every kid loves to claim their ‘stuff’ as their own. Combining both into a fun activity will not only make him or her excited to take their new clear bag to school, it will prevent any problems with siblings taking the wrong bag to school. You can’t easily paint PVC, which is what most clear backpacks will be made of, but here are a few simple projects that will work:
- Make an insert. Take a sheet of construction paper and decorate it any way they want – paint, stickers, crayons, glitter. Then simply slide the sheet against the back of the backpack and tape or glue it into place. Some bags come with a ready-made slot for just this sort of thing.
- Stickers! A few sheets of cool stickers that represent your little one’s interests and that clear bag instantly becomes personal. Just don’t make the mistake of covering every inch so that it’s no longer a clear bag!
- Action figures: Got some spare little superheros lying around? Place them in poses in the pockets of the backpack and suddenly it’s not a schoolbag, it’s a movie set!
Clean Out Fun Time
Keeping a clear backpack clean isn’t easy – you have to make it into a game the little tykes want to play. Your best bet is to introduce a little bribery. Introduce a new fun art supply – a new marker, or some Play-Doh – and insist that room has to be made in the bag, meaning you have to pull everything out, clean the inside, and then put everything back neatly, trading out one old thing for the new item.
The new clear bag policies in school don’t have to be a burden for you or for your kids – clear bags are fun, stylish, and easy to maintain. All you have to do is have a little fun with them.
We’re more than a year into the ‘new’ NFL policy of requiring clear bags if you want to bring something into the stadiums, and opinion remains divided. While most fans accept whatever security requirements are handed down because they simply want to be allowed into the game with as little fuss as possible, others remain outraged at what they perceive as a less-than crucial aspect of security ‘theatre.’ As a 79-year old grandmother named Barbara Johnson famously pointed out recently in a letter sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, a clear bag policy does very little to prevent a determined person from sneaking a knife or other weapon into an NFL game.
While the security benefits of NFL compliant clear bags can be debated (for the record, we think they greatly enhance security), the fact is the All Clear NFL bag policy is here to stay – and the best way to approach it is to view it as an opportunity.
The Clear Opportunity
Consider this: Prior to the advent of clear bags as a security policy, the trend in all security scenarios was less: Less freedom, less items allowed in, less convenience. In the modern world we’re sadly getting quite used to a slow erosion of conveniences and freedoms we once took for granted as a society. When we’re informed that we have to bring less onto airplane or into NFL games, or that we have to remove our shoes or demonstrate that our devices can be switched on at airports, we simply shrug and accept it.
That’s why the All Clear policy and similar clear-bag policies around the world should be celebrated: They’re the first step forward in a long time that allows us to bring more with us into events. With a high-quality, durable, easy-to-clean and stylish clear bag that complies with requirements, we can pack up all the toys and snacks for the kids, all the books and activities for our trip, and anything else that we’d like to have with us for the game, the concert, or just the office. It’s nice to finally get back some of the lost ground.
The Style Opportunity
This also means we have an opportunity, for the first time in years, to add style instead of deleting it. Most of us when heading out to the game or to travel somewhere have given up on style because it’s too difficult. Why bother with a nice outfit when you’ll have to take off your shoes and belt and earrings and everything else? Might as well roll out of bed and fly in your jammies and slippers.
But the rise of clear bags means we can inject some design back into our travel days and our event days. We can have a little fun and show off a little bit more. So while clear bag policies may be restrictive in one sense, they’re a step forward in other ways – ways we should embrace and celebrate.
Love them or hate them, one thing is increasingly certain in this skittish, security-conscious world: Clear Bags are not only here to stay as both a fashion and security icon, they’re increasingly required in a broader and broader range of scenarios. Their benefits in the security world are so obvious, in fact, that it’s time to start seriously preparing for a world where carrying a clear bag is no longer an optional fashion statement or a simple convenience for those few times when we know in advance that security will require them, but rather a constant presence in our lives.
Schools Handing Out Clear Backpacks
We’ve seen news of school implementing clear bag policies for its students before, but Shelby County Schools in Tennessee have taken this one step further: Not only do they now require clear backpacks for the students at nine elementary schools, they gave out free backpacks to the kids.
This ruffled some parents’ feathers, as they’d already done their school year shopping and now realise they wasted money on backpacks. But the implications are obvious: Clear backpacks are increasingly required in schools all over the country, including schools with no history of violence, and the backpack giveaway implies we’re soon not going to have any choice at all. If institutions give away clear bags, any economic excuse not to adhere to a clear bag policy disappears.
How long can it possibly be before air travel, domestic and international, requires clear bags? Currently, all liquids must be in bottles of approved size and be carried in a clear bag of approved size. While checked luggage will probably never be required to be clear, it’s certainly not only possible that carry-on luggage will be required to be clear, but increasingly probable in light of how quickly the idea is catching on in other security situations like public events, office buildings, and, obviously, schools.
Requiring that carry-on luggage be clear would immediately improve security in several key ways:
- Screening and boarding would be made more efficient, faster, and more secure as TSA workers would not need to rely on difficult-to-parse security scanners.
- DP Flight attendants and other passengers would be able to spot potentially dangerous items that somehow get past the pre-boarding screening process.
Best of all, as with other security scenarios there would be no loss of convenience for passengers, as the carry-on bags could be the same size and configuration as they are currently, just clear. In fact, convenience would arguably be improved as there would be less rooting-around in a bag searching for things in the tight quarters of an economy-class seat!
One thing is certain: Security concerns never lessen. As time goes on, threats become more creative as security professionals and agencies close off one threat vector after another. While the ‘status quo’ may hold for a period of time, there is always going to be the next threat – and eventually clear bags will be seen as a necessity.
While the concept of clear bags improving our safety and security while also being incredibly practical is a relatively new one for most of the world, there is one sector of modern life that’s been well aware of the benefits of high-quality clear bags for many years now: Corrections. Corrections officers have long known that clear bags are not only an absolute necessity when it comes to security on the job, but also have several distinct advantages that improve every aspect of their professional lives.
The obvious benefit for corrections officers, of course, is increased and improved security. Corrections workers have to go through the same security check ins as everyone else, and when rushing to start a shift the last thing they need is a delay while their co-workers inspect their bags – a clear bag speeds them through and gets them inside faster.
At the same time, a clear bag also ensures that nothing will go missing from an officer’s bag while they’re on duty. This is not so much a worry about workplace theft – though this happens in our correctional facilities just like anywhere else, rare but possible – but a security concern, as any missing object might find its way into the hands of a prisoner and be part of something unfortunate – or dangerous.
Corrections Officers also know that clear bags like our Medium Backpack make it easier for them to gear up at the start of every shift, displaying all of their essential gear, including space for
- Key clips
- Utility belt
- Cut-resistant gloves
- Eye protection
- First Aid Kit
- Pepper spray
and everything else a professional corrections worker needs during their day. By being able to see at a glance that their backpack is geared up, they get out of the house faster so they arrive for their shift on time, and at the end of the day they can see at a glance if somehow anything has gone missing. Any of these items left inside the general population area of a correctional facility could be a major problem – and being able to see all of their gear in their bag before going home is a final security check that also grants them peace of mind. That’s why no professional working in corrections would consider using any other kind of bag.
Finally, let’s face it: Corrections isn’t an easy job. It puts a lot of wear and tear not only on the men and women who work in it, but on their gear. Clear Bags aren’t just pretty, aren’t just efficient – they’re tough. Made from thick PVC plastic, they’re actually often tougher than standard duffel bags or fabric backpacks. They resist puncture, tearing, and stains – and clean up with soap and water, good as new. When you’re dealing with a population of prisoners, that last part can be more important than you think!
Considering that a clear bag is good enough for people working one of the toughest jobs in the world, it’s a no-brainer that a clear bag will be ideal for you, too.
As clear bags become increasingly popular from a security and a fashion point of view, people all over the world are discovering their power and utility as organisational tools as well as stylish accessories. Take the popular “multi-purpose” bag. It’s one of the rare examples of absolute truth in marketing, because a bag like this is truly multi-purpose, and made more so by the fact that it’s made from strong, attractive, and transparent PVC material. It’s one of the few things in this world that really does have a wide variety of uses.
As a Diaper Bag
One of the most popular and obvious ways to use a clear multi-purpose bag is as a diaper bag or general baby/toddler bag. We all know that travelling with children – even local trips, like the supermarket, can be fraught with stress and confusion due to the huge amount of supplies and emergency equipment a baby requires just in case. From snacks to diapers, wet wipes to toys and other amusements, being able to see everything clearly makes not just retrieval easy but makes it easy to stay organised after you spent all morning getting organised.
As a Pet Bag
It doesn’t get mentioned much, but your multi-purpose clear bag also serves admirably to keep dog supplies organised and in easy reach when on the road. The argument about whether a dog is really just a furry, slightly overgrown baby can go on for a long time, but the fact is travelling with dogs can be just as stressful. They need their toys, poop bags, leash, and snacks as well, and depending on the length of the trip a portable water dish. The clear multi-purpose bag keeps all of your smaller family members outfitted and victualled with minimum fuss and confusion.
Mom and Dad
Let’s picture the night before a family trip: Is it chaos? Clothes everywhere, half-packed luggage, maps and printed tickets everywhere? Well, one thing that can improve the situation is a clear multi-purpose bag. You’ve already got one packed for the baby and the family dog – now imagine a third one, neat and organised, sitting with the other two by the door. You finally get your clothes managed and you simply scoop up these bags on your way out to the car.
In the third clear bag? Stuff for the adults. Music to listen to. Snacks of a more adult and non-canine variety. Maps and directions. Books. Bottled water, lip balm – everything you might want while driving, all clearly organised and within easy reach.
Best of all, these three multi-purpose clear bags can be packed once and then simply replenished – once organised they stay organised, because you can put everything back in place immediately. All you have to do is top off the cereal and the lip balm in each one, and you’re ready for a trip any time! When it comes to planning a family trip, start with a clear multi-purpose bag and cut your stress and packing time in half.