London: Researchers have found that the average British holidaymaking family crams 3,000 pounds worth of clothes, gadgets and toiletries into their luggage – worth almost three times as much as their holiday.
Their research showed that the typical travellers take 325 pounds of clothes, 119 pounds of shoes, flip-flops and wedges and 75 pounds of accessories such as scarves, sarongs and hats.
Expensive sunglasses to the value of 94 pounds and jewellery to the tune of 236 pounds is also stowed away.
Toiletries, along with hair styling and shaving appliances can add another 293 pounds.
And to be sure that every second of the holiday can be captured and relived long after they have touched down on British soil again, up to 1,000 pounds of electrical goods are also packed, including camcorders, digital cameras and laptops.
The haul totals 3,174.65 pounds – almost three times the 1,342 pounds cost of an average package holiday.
But, despite having such valuable possessions in tow, one in five holidaymakers do not take out travel insurance to cover lost or stolen luggage, the study found.
“Brits need to learn to pack light,” the Daily Mail quoted Jacky Brown, spokeman for Sheilas’ Wheels, the travel insurance firm which commissioned the research, as saying.
Of the 3,000 holidaymakers polled by the firm, 34 per cent said they had to buy an extra bag or suitcase on holiday to accommodate new purchases, as well as paying for excess baggage, with the suitcase and hand luggage itself costing another 51.23 pounds.
A recent study revealed that it takes them an average of two and a half days at their destination to recover from preparing and getting there.
Packing was named as the biggest hassle by 40 per cent of those recently polled for.