1. If your door locks from the INSIDE, put the key in the lock and lock it when you're home. That way you'll have to have the key in your hand to get OUT of your place.
2. If you CAN'T do that, put a sign on the inside of the door at eye level that says "KEYS."
3. Give a key to a trusted friend that lives nearby in case 1 and 2 don't work.
4. Do you carry any kind of bag, backpack, briefcase, etc.? Put a spare set of keys in that.
(I do 1 and 3. But 3 might be unnecessary, since in 4-1/2 years in China, I've never forgotten the key yet! Knock wood...)
Thx SZ Buzz
Your suggestions seem to be practical .
I did do the #3 earlier , but i moved recently and unfortunately dont have a good friend near home now .
Ans its really great that you have spent so many years without forgetting the keys .
Yeah, actually, when I wrote my reply, I assumed Abhi was doing the "pocket check" and it wasn't working.
I, too, do a pocket check (phone, money, wallet, keys, towel). But frankly (sorry, Professor Dave) I think this thing tends to work better for us older guys. We move slower and are more cautious. In my twenties I often forgot my keys. On the other hand, there are SOME meticulous youngsters, and my ADD brother still forgets his keys at 60!
Anyway, if pocket checks don't work, it's best to put some mechanisms in place. The depository by the front door is a good idea.
Off topic: P.D. mentions carrying his passport. I always heard this was a bad idea (exposure to theft), and that carrying a copy would do. Is the original now required here in China?
I'm really scatter brained and this kind of stuff happens to me all the time. I would suggest 2 things. Get a door mat and put an extra key under that OR some people have lucky banners put up on or above their door, I would get one and tape it behind that.
Sorry, I have to disagree. Hiding a key near your front door is OK if you don't mind losing all your stuff. (In that case, just leave the door unlocked.) Several times my doormat has been removed (perhaps by the cleaning staff in my building); my key would have been found instantly. My New Years banners have been removed twice (once for painting, once by vandals).
Flower pots, umbrella stands, shoe racks: DON'T put your key where it can be found. With a TRUSTED friend (not just a neighbor or security guard you don't know) is best.
Try to check on a very good and nice secret spot from outside your door where you can place a duplicate of your keys. This spot you got to make sure nobody knows and its not easy to find out by other people.
Another thing I do is, I leave a duplicate of my key in the office just in case. So happen my office is 10 minutes away from where I stay