If your handbag is something you carry every day, then it's a lot easier to remember than something you carry only rarely. Also, my bag tends to sit in my lap or the seat on the bus but if my umbrella is wet it goes on the floor.
Jennifer, do you get your 'local' paper in a plastic cover? Here, they're the 'perfect' size & shape for a wet umbrella! I also have a 'waterproof' bag, purchased at a Fete, that I then slip 'brella into & that would go into my briefcase!
Nothing got wet inside!
Oh! & that way, never left umbrella on train! Cheers!
When I lived in London and travelled on the Underground at least twice a day, I lost my umbrella All. The. Time............ I would use it to get to the station, get on the train then put my wet brolly on the floor so I had my hands free to hang on to a loop or pole, then when it got to my destination, just walk off forgetting the umbrella! By the time I got outside and back in the rain, it was always too late to get it back :(
Nowadays, no. I haven't lost an umbrella in a long time! So much so, I actually wore one out and had to throw it away! First time for everything!
No, that is something that I rarely lose. I use a small one that fits into my handbag and if it is wet, I put the handle string thing round my hand so I cannot actually put the umbrella down without a conscious effort.
When it's raining, I'd actually prefer to be my 'Driza-bone' coat & Akubra hat!
BUT, if Umbrella it must be, then have Automatic 'pop-up'.
When I worked, I carried an Umbrella in my briefcase, along with plastic bag (the type that local newspaper comes in, perfect size) & waterproof holder for it. Had an Umbrella in my Locker at work, back seat, & boot of car, as well as one at home, of course!
I've NEVER lost an Umbrella!
I count items I 'put down' anywhere, & re-count when about to leave. Did same every time I had luggage, travelling, be it Domestic or International, by car, bus, train, boat or aeroplane!
Never have had that luggage lost either!
AND I'm talking 45 years' of constant travelling!