And finally… Scots to splash nearly £130m on forgotten summer holiday items



People in Scotland need to ensure they take extra spending money on their summer break this year as two thirds (67 per cent) of holidaymakers will forget to pack two essential items for their UK holiday, despite spending nearly a day packing.

This absent mindness will result in them spending a collective spend of nearly £13 million (£12,722,500) on replacing their much needed forgotten items.

Holidaymakers will spend an average £35 replacing items they have left at home which includes items such as: the essential toothbrush, the phone charger which they cannot live without, sunglasses, perfume / aftershave, swimwear, sandals, toiletries, books, toys for the children and the essential sun screen.

These findings have been revealed in a survey out today by Travelodge which surveyed 1,500 adults on their holiday packing habits. This year, 69 per cent of Britons are taking a Staycation and spending on average £874 on a week’s holiday. Collectively Britons will boost the UK economy by £40 billion by holidaying on British shores this summer.

However eight out of ten adults find packing for their holiday very stressful and are not packing efficiently which results in extra holiday spending on essential that they already have at home.

Just a fifth (20 per cent) of Scots pack like a pro and use the rolling technique as recommended by experts.

Over half of Scots (52 per cent) like to stack their clothes and over a quarter (28 per cent) are ‘flingers’ and throw everything into the case and hope for the best. The table below details Scots’ packing style.

Other key findings from the survey revealed that a third of Scotlands’ residents over-pack and return home with up to three unworn outfits and three pairs of shoes that were not suitable for their holiday.

Interestingly we have also become tech travellers and we will take on average three devices and gadgets to use during our holidays. A quarter of Scots also reported that they cannot leave home without packing their favourite tea bags.

The report also revealed people in Scotland will spend on average £142 on new purchases for their holiday such as clothing, shoes, accessories, sunglasses or even a gadget.

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge Spokesperson said: “Annually over 18 million people stay with Travelodge and everyday our 567 hotel teams across the UK are helping customers find essentials they have forgotten. The phone / tablet charger, toothbrush, toothpaste, shaver and umbrella are the most popular essential items holidaymakers forget to pack. Essentials are usually forgotten because we are juggling other jobs whilst we are packing, spreading the process over several days or leaving it till the very last minute.”