Britons `overpack for holidays`

London: It seems when it comes to going on holidays, Britons virtually pack almost everything, including loos.

A new survey has revealed that carpets, portable TVs, toilets, tables, chairs, bikes and fire extinguishers are just some of the items known to have been stuffed in the boot of the family car.

And some families just can`t set off without throwing in solar panels, shower cubicles and flag poles, the `Daily Express` reported.

The findings come from a survey carried out by retailer Halfords. Three-quarters of those surveyed blame mums for cluttering up the car boot. Top of their "must-pack" list are hair straighteners and hair dryers.

And on average they each pack four pairs of shoes. Men prefer to travel light, with only eight per cent being blamed for carrying too much, the survey has found.

Golfers are the worst offenders, loading up with cumbersome sets of clubs. Some men are less worried about having enough clothes for the trip than taking up boot space with crates of their favourite tipple.

Meanwhile, no youngster can leave home without an enormous array of gizmos, including portable DVD players, computer games and iPods.

The poll of 3,200 Britons suggests they don`t know how to sort essential baggage from unnecessary clutter. Half of the respondents said they`re planning a break in the UK this summer, with over a quarter opting to camp. But apart from the tent and a stove, today?s campers can?t leave home without microwaves and barbecues.

Paul Fensome of Halfords said: "We are frankly astonished by what people pack."


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