British holidaymakers waste £684 million on things they forget to pack

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Revealed! We're a nation of holiday wasters!


How do you pack for a holiday? However much we plan what to pack for our summer holiday, there's always something we've forgotten and have to buy at the airport - whether it be deodorant, books for the beach or even forgotten flip flops.

A new survey has revealed that British tourists waste a whopping £684 million replacing forgotten items for their summer holiday.

The research by Travelodge found that 52 per cent of holidaymakers dedicate around seven hours packing their holiday essentials for one trip, which adds up to a staggering 138 million man hours across the nation.

Despite spending so much time packing, 51 per cent still forgets a vital holiday essential at home, costing an average £26.50 (£684 million as a nation) to buy items such as swimwear, a cardigan, a new pair of shoes and sunglasses they already bought for the holiday.

The poll also proved that some of us can be pretty lazy, with 21 per cent of Britons just throwing a selection of items into their suitcase and hoping for the best, while 61 per cent pack with military precision and dedicate time ahead of packing, making a check-list and detailed schedule before even dusting off a suitcase.

Ironically, even though many Brits end up replacing a holiday item, 67 per cent admitted they return home with up to six unworn outfits and three pairs of shoes that weren't suitable.

Travelodge surveyed 2,000 adults and revealed that 82 per cent of us find packing for a summer break stressful, 20 per cent rely on our partners to pack for us and nine per cent of 25 to 34-year-olds even get their mothers to do it!



Have you ever forgotten a holiday essential and had to buy it again? And we're curious; do you pack with military precision or just throw a few items in your case and play pot luck? Leave a comment and let us know below.

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