How do you carry groceries on an electric scooter? Useful Tips!
I regularly go shopping with my E-scooter. I get a lot of questions regarding how I do that and where I put my groceries. So I thought why not make a post about it so that I can inform you on how to do the same? I know that there are a lot of people that don’t own a car and use their E-scooter for everything, so I hope this helps someone out.
- How do you carry groceries on an electric scooter? Useful Tips!
- Things to consider.
- Different ways to carry groceries on your electric scooter
- Where to leave your E-scooter when shopping?
Things to consider.
First of all, you need to consider a few things, namely what type of weather and what season it is, and what you need to bring home from the store, aka how big is your grocery list.
If it’s raining or snowing, then it’s obviously a risk when carrying groceries on your scooter. And if you have a lot of groceries hanging on your handlebars or on your back, you can easily get out of balance and fall.
Different ways to carry groceries on your electric scooter
Many of us drove to school on a bike with a backpack on our backs. You can do the same on your electric scooter when going for groceries.
You put all your groceries in the backpack after paying for them, hang it on your back, and of you go. This is an easy way and very doable if you don’t have to get a lot of groceries.
A Duffle Bag
If you need to get a lot of groceries then a regular backpack just isn’t gonna cut it. You can hang one backpack on your back and one on your handlebars. It’s not ideal but it works.
If you put all your groceries in a duffle bag and put it on your E-scooter’s deck between your legs, you will have a stable and safe ride, while carrying a lot of groceries with you.
One important tip I can give you (don’t ask how I know this :-) ) is to put liquids in plastic containers at the bottom, dry goods in the middle of the bag, and produce and other things that can be crushed/bruised like potato chips, etc, at the top.
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A big cloth bag
Probably not the best solution but it gets the job done. The idea is you hang this on your handlebars. But the weight shift it induces is quite risky and makes the ride rather unstable.
A Handlebar Storage Bag
Some brands of E-scooters have produced handlebar storage bags that are specific to their brand of scooter. This is an ideal solution if you frequently carry around stuff on your E-scooter. They aren’t big so you won’t be able to put a lot of groceries in there but enough for a daily run to the shop.
A Cargo Cart
Now here is where E-scooter owners got creative. They adopted a bicycle cargo cart to fit on an electric scooter. You can haul a lot of things in it and it hangs safely on the back of your scooter.
The only thing to watch out for is that a cargo cart is wider than your scooter so you will need to pay attention when crossing or passing other vehicles and bikes.
A MealBag (Like Uber Drivers Carry)
This solution is a bit clumsy but you can stuff quite a lot of groceries in there. Uber Eats drivers can fit a lot of pizzas and other goodies in there so you can as well. The only thing to pay attention to is the weight of a full bag resting on your shoulders while riding your E-scooter.
Where to leave your E-scooter when shopping?
I have covered this in a separate article that you can read HERE. But basically, you have the option to leave your E-scooter outside the store, or you can use it like a shopping cart by putting the basket on the deck of your E-scooter, like in the picture below. The choice is yours.
There isn’t one “best” solution for how to carry groceries on an electric scooter, you will need to assess which one is best for you by size, weight, and how many items you need to carry home, but I’m sure you will find one suitable solution from the above mentioned.