Forgetful Brits spend £118 million on holiday items

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

New research has shown that a large number of Brits forget to pack at least one item when they go on holiday, which is costing Britons £118 million in total each year.

According to a study conducted by the Viking River Cruises, 41% of Brits forget to pack at least one item for every holiday.travel cards

The findings show that nearly 15 million holiday essentials are left behind by holidaymakers every year.

With so many holiday essentials being left behind, holidaymakers have no other choice but to purchase their much-needed items abroad. Replacing missing belongings is costing Brits £118 million in total.

Holidaymakers have said they tend to forget items due to ‘suitcase haste’ as Brits find it difficult to find the time to pack effectively.

Shoes are the most commonly forgotten item, followed by mobile phone chargers and sun cream.

Following sun cream on the forgettable items list are holiday books, glasses, toothpaste, a toothbrush, a mobile phone, flip flops and more worryingly, a passport.

Wendy Atkin-Smith, of Viking River Cruises UK, said: “We were surprised to discover that so many British holidaymakers are forgetting their holiday essentials.”

Despite some holidaymakers leaving behind everyday items when jetting off on holiday, some travellers will make sure their favourite foods are not forgotten with some packing pork pies and brown sauce.

The Post Office recently revealed research which indicated Spain as one of the cheapest holiday destinations to replace belongings that had been left behind.

The cost of 20 household items for a family of four jetting off for one week was compared within the report.

The findings showed that the essential items would cost £56.67 in Mallorca, but purchasing the same items would cost holidaymakers £104.29 in Cyprus.

With many people forgetting essential items on holiday, it is important that consumers budget for such purchases abroad.

It is good for holidaymakers to put enough money on a travel card to cover the cost of unexpected expenses.

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