If you're like us, the ease of online shopping has you constantly watching out for package deliveries. Unfortunately, this means porch pirates are on the lookout for your packages too. So if you want to protect them but don’t want to spend the money and time installing a package delivery box—or if you live in an apartment with limited porch space—you might consider a package delivery bag.
A package bag is a locked bag that you attach to your door as an anti-theft measure. On delivery days you leave the bag outside unlocked but secured to your door. Your delivery person then places your item inside, closes the padlock, and scrambles the combination, giving you peace of mind and freedom from waiting around all day for your delivery.
A porch delivery bag isn't just a cheaper alternative to a package mailbox. Package bags take up less space and are more versatile in where you can put them. We also like them for their convenience. You can quickly set it out on days when you expect a delivery and then get on with your day with the assurance of protection. And while a package bag may not seem as secure as a permanent package mailbox, it provides more protection from a stolen package and from the elements than leaving packages unattended. It’s also more preventative than installing expensive security cameras, which are better for identifying porch pirates once they have taken a package.
There are some disadvantages to consider before you choose to use a package bag. First, the idea of locking packages in a bag or porch box is relatively new for delivery professionals and it creates an extra step for them. You can make their job easier by giving your mail carrier instructions on how to use the bag, along with the lock combination. To do this, we suggest you update your delivery preferences for each mail carrier here: USPS, UPS, and FedEx. This also allows you to receive multiple deliveries in a day.
Setting out a porch pirate bag is also an added step for you since the bag isn’t meant to be a permanent installment. Most people place the bag on their door or porch on days when they expect deliveries. But if you forget to set it out, or aren’t sure when your delivery will come, your packages could go unprotected. A package lock box, on the other hand, is kept outside permanently so shoppers don’t have to worry about remembering when a package will come.
If you’ve weighed these options and decided a parcel bag is for you, your next step is to decide which one to buy. There are several options available and we’ve listed the benefits, as well as some drawbacks, for each one:
The Package Guardian has a lot to offer at an affordable price. It can hold up to 14 adult-sized shoe boxes and has a weight limit of 200 pounds. Its durability comes from more than 44 feet of sewn-in steel cable that prevent slashing. It also comes with a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty, all at an affordable price of $79.95.
A steel cable connects the bag to a hook that hangs over the door. We like that it's prominently located on the door so it's hard for your delivery person to miss. Once you shut and lock the door, the entire bag is secured inside. After placing your item inside the bag, the delivery driver can lock it by closing the padlock and scrambling the combination. The bag is collapsible and can be compactly stored away on days when you don't expect deliveries.
While we do like the bag's placement on the door, we also find it to be the Package Guardian's only drawback. Its off-the-ground location could make it difficult for delivery professionals to hoist heavy packages up and into the bag, and deter them from using it.
Color options: Black
Dimensions: 28 x 18 x 14.5 inches
Weight: 5 pounds
Construction: Ballistic nylon, weather-resistant polyester, and steel cable
Like the Package Guardian, the Package Panther has steel mesh in the lining of the bag to make it slashproof against porch pirates. But unlike the Package Guardian, the Package Panther offers more space—32 x 40 inches.
And since it's designed to sit on the ground, rather than over the door, the Package Panther is more versatile in what you can secure it to. Using a stainless steel cable, you can attach the Package Panther not only to the door but to railings, windows or even heavy patio furniture.
A delivery professional can lock the Package Panther by pulling a stainless steel cable that loops through the top to cinch it shut. It also comes with a combination lock so you can use it to secure multiple deliveries in one day. As an added bonus, we like that the Package Panther comes with an instruction card that tells delivery professionals how to use the bag properly.
The biggest setback to the Package Panther is its price. At $149 it’s the most expensive porch delivery bag on the market and its features are similar to other, more affordable options.
Color options: Black
Dimensions: 32 x 40 inches
Weight: 3.82 pounds
Construction: Stainless steel mesh
If your deliveries are of the edible sort, the DropSak Fresh is a great option. Like the Package Guardian, the DropSak Fresh is an over-the-door style package bag. It is primarily used to store groceries or fresh food deliveries, which is why we love its thermal insulation feature.
The bag can hold up to 30 pounds of goods or up to four full Amazon fresh green containers. It’s easy and intuitive to use with a zipper at the top to open and place groceries inside. Once your delivery person does this, they can secure it with a flap that closes over the top and locks into the bottom half of the bag.
You might consider the food-specific use of this bag as a drawback. It's possible that you could use the DropSak Fresh for package deliveries and not just groceries, but the 30-pound weight limit would prevent you from securing large or heavy packages.
Color options: Green
Dimensions: 24 x 14 x 24 inches
Weight: 1 pound
Construction: Not listed at this time