Effective ways to remember your parking space in large lots

When I park my bike in my office parking (which is huge), its difficult to spot the bike while going back home.

BHPian CityRyder recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

I have a peculiar issue, maybe some of you have also face this. When I park my bike in my office parking (which is huge), its difficult to spot the bike while going back home. Remembering pillar number on daily basis is struggle (is it age ?!). Sometimes, I keep wandering in the parking alleys like a thief or not knowing what I am there for. Does someone know of any way to attach a beep (like a car, not a preferred solution) or a Bluetooth tracker?

Apple Tag could be an option but not efficient in basement.


Here’s what GTO had to say on the matter:

I always take a picture! Storage is anyway dirt cheap today.

You can also try Airtags or their Android version. It will have its limitations, but also serve as a useful tool in case your car / bike ever gets stolen.


Here’s what BHPian tharian had to say on the matter:

If you remember the floor, I guess all the cars have that feature on their key fob when used, will flash their hazard lights few times. My 2010 Figo had it, and by now all the cars should.

Probably some cars may honk too.

Here’s what BHPian binand had to say on the matter:

You can just tell Android Assistant to remember where you parked.

The offline solution is to take a photo of something distinctive nearby which you will then show to the guards / staff who should be able to guide you to the right place. Malls etc. I see have grid-style numbered pillars that should help in this.

Here’s what BHPian AYP had to say on the matter:

Glad to know that I am not the only one with this issue.

I try to remember the number on the pillar where I am parking and also try to memorise the shops near the mall entry which I take, so that I can backtrack from there. Clicking pictures is a nice idea indeed, but I guess I haven’t been able to do that thinking that it may cause other people to ostracize me.ย  I know, I know we shouldn’t care what others think of us, but I think most of us at some time or the other have been guilty of trying to fit in/appear cooler than we actually are.

Worst case scenario, I hit the lock button twice on my keyfob and my car chirps. I hate the chirping sounds of the car in general and would prefer a system where my car never chirps as compared to a system where my car chirps during every lock and unlock. This implementation by Ford is a nice middle ground and I end up thanking them every time, this feature helps me in locating my car. No such luck with the Jetta which only flashes its lights.

Here’s what BHPian narayans80 had to say on the matter:

Mine is a standard slot on the 5th floor at work, the only confusion I end up doing is park on the 4th floor in the same slot

I photograph the slot in mall parking plus try to lock from keyfob so the indicators will flash.

Do Airtags work on a grain level? More than basement parking, am looking for something that’ll help when parking during trips.

Here’s what BHPian ninjatalli had to say on the matter:

Taking pic is the easiest so that’s that. Here’s other options; pick what works for you

  • Try to park as close to a pillar/location that appeals to you (e.g. a pillar number that matches yours/family member’s birthdate or your favorite number) and you won’t forget.
  • (In case you get the luxury of an empty parking lot) park at one designated location every day. Something that is easy to obtain or gets filled last (e.g. a slot closest to the lift or a corner spot away at the end, etc).
  • Park next to some unique stationary object that you can recollect (e.g. a lift / staircase/entry-exit point, etc).

I used the last option a lot when working at a client location overseas (US parking lots – huge amounts of space); used to park next to a cycle stand everyday which became a easy landmark to look for in a sea of cars when returning back to home.

Here’s what BHPian Axe77 had to say on the matter:

Usually relevant for large malls for me but can apply to large apartment / office complexes as well.

I do the following:

  • Take a picture of the pillar and WhatsApp it to myself.
  • Include floor in the whatsapp message to return to the correct parking level.
  • I also take a picture of the store closest to the lift which I used (when in large malls) so while returning, Iโ€™m using the same lift to reach the parking. Minimises a longer walk in the parking lot hunting for the same pillar.

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