60 percent of British travelers take an excess of items with them when setting off for a holiday. A recent study done by holiday tour operator, Villa Plus, conducted surveys on 1,000 British tourists to figure out whether or not they are over-packing for their holidays, and which extras they are most likely to bring with them.
Apparently, women are the ones who over-pack the most at 67 percent opposed to 52 percent of men. But, men will often bring more books and gadgets than women.
The average amount of items travelers will over-pack:
- Handbags, hairdryers, and straighteners = 2 items
- Books and gadgets = 3 items
- Shoes = 3 pairs
- Toiletries = 4 items
- Food, drink, and make-up = 5 items
- Clothing = 6 items
A massive 3 million Britons enjoy their luxuries of home so much that they insist on bringing them with when trotting the globe. Ketchup (tomato sauce), vinegar, mayonnaise, chocolate, and tea are the most commonly found food items in a British travel bag. 98 percent of people aged over 65 said that they admittedly over-pack clothing, 75 percent of young adults aged 18 to 24 were guilty of over-packing in general, 47 percent of travelers aged 25 to 34 typically bring too many toiletries, and over 42 percent of people between the ages of 55 and 64 tend to pack an unnecessary amount of shoes.
Head of Sales and Marketing at Villa Plus, Simon Lifford, made a comment on the survey results, “It can be very difficult packing for a holiday. Every airline has its own rules when it comes to size and weight and depending on the time of year and destination, it can be hard to judge how many good or bad weather clothes to take. Over-packing can make us feel more reassured, knowing we have packed for every eventuality, however it’s worth always checking how much baggage allowance you have and weighing your case before you set off to avoid additional charges.”