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Holiday replacements costing Britons £1 billion

Holiday replacements costing Britons £1 billion

Category: Money

Updated: 12/06/2009
First Published: 12/06/2009

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Forgetful UK holidaymakers will spend a huge £1 billion this summer on replacing essentials which have been left at home. More than two thirds of Britons forgot at least one holiday essential when jetting off to foreign climes last year, costing them an average sum of £39 to replace, according to research conducted by Abbey.

In a table of the most important items to take on holiday, a camera and swimwear scored highly, taking the first and third spot respectively. Despite their apparent importance, they are the items that are most commonly left behind.

Books, credit cards and sunglasses also figured heavily as items that are considered essential on holiday.

"Holiday packing often falls to the last minute because of more pressing pre-holiday tasks, making it only too easy to inadvertently leave essential items at home," said Callum Gibson, head of credit cards.

"With British holidaymakers forking out an astonishing £1 billion replacing such items, however, we should maybe all just take a few extra minutes this summer to ensure we've packed everything we need before setting off for the airport."

Ever the traditionalists, 21 per cent of women and 15 per cent of men consider tea bags as an essential item for their break in the sunshine.

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